First Time Chicken Owners in North Carolina

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MedSchlFarmers, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Afternoon! My husband and I, and our 3 small children, just brought home our first little chicks on Saturday. They were 1 week old yesterday. We have 2 Lavender Orpingtons (Beauty and Mrs. Potts), 1 White Orpington (Zaxby), 3 Americaunas (Brownie 1, and the other two are still waiting to be named), and 1 Silkie (Ole 5 Toes). They all seem to be thriving. Excited to get started!
     
  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Raising poultry is a great experience for kids, they'll have fun and learn a lot.

    If you haven't already checked it out, use this link to take you to the Learning Center:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    There are a lot of good articles there that will help answer any questions you may have.

    Have fun with your new flock!
     
  3. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! The kids love them. I am actually a little concerned they may be holding the chicks too often. Is there a good rule of thumb to follow when holding/handling chicks?
     
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Common sense is probably the best indicator. The chicks are working hard at growing so that takes a lot of eating, drinking and sleeping. They're also busy forming a flock and getting to know one another. Those things all take time and lots of energy. It's good for the kids to be excited about the chicks and they are cute but be sure the chicks get enough time on their own to do what they need to do. Chicken tv (watching them) is lots of fun too, maybe encourage the kids to spend some time observing the chicks and learning each one's personality and behaviors.
     
  5. CherriesBrood

    CherriesBrood Chicken Photographer

    Hello and [​IMG]
    We are glad you joined us!

    I love lavender Buff Orpingtons they are one of my favs. Sounds like some awesome breeds there. Hope you like raising chickens! [​IMG]

    CherriesBrood~
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Great to have you join us :welcome
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Children need to be supervised around young chicks, they are very fragile and can be easily injured or killed by falls, or squeezing hugs. It's best if they are observed at floor level.

    Also they need protections from family pets, dogs & cats, etc.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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