First Timer

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LunaBella, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. LunaBella

    LunaBella Out Of The Brooder

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    We are picking up 6, 17 week old pullets this Saturday. Coop is ready, shaving, feed, feeders and waterers are being picked up tomorrow. Any adivce for a this family of newbies? We live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, if there is any specific advice for our area, that would also be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Congrats!

    I would just say, from trial and error, I learned that it's a good idea to keep the food inside the coop, and the water outside in the run. Also, sand as a base in the run is great! keep the feeders full all the time, and keep a container of crushed oyster shells for the ladies, to promote those nice, strong eggshells.

    Also, if you plan on free ranging, keep them all locked up in the coop/run for a solid week before you let them begin to free range.

    That's about it!

    Good luck!
    Sharon
     
  3. livingwithchicks

    livingwithchicks New Egg

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    i've had my girls for 4 weeks now. i love them -- be prepared to fall in love. i kept them in the coop for a week and then only let them out for a few min at time for a week and now i let them out for several hours now. so far i've had to brib them back into the coop with food. they are amazing and i've had 2 eggs so far.[​IMG]
     
  4. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. LunaBella

    LunaBella Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info and links!
     

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