getting ready to be new chicken "Parents"

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by beektoria, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. beektoria

    beektoria Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2009
    Everett, Wa
    I'm working on the plans for our new family members (haven't adopted them yet). I'm concerned about the time spent away from new chicks. They would be alone with each other for about 8.5 hrs a day 4 days a week. Would it be better to try to find juvinile birds rather than getting chicks?
  2. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I think they would be fine! As long as you check them for pasty butt (when they're tiny) once or twice a day, make sure they have food and water before you leave and when you get home, and as long as they can get under heat lamps and then away from the heat...I don't think you have anything to worry about. Though I can't promise your job performance won't suffer, with your mind focused on your chicks at home. [​IMG]
  3. beektoria

    beektoria Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2009
    Everett, Wa
    Thanks! We really do want the chicks...Mostly we want them to be healthy. How many chickens do you have? Forgive me, I'm slow. I counted 14 in your menagerie!
    Fortunately I work for a great Dr. One who will benefit from my chickens by way of the eggs.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2009
  4. RooManRed

    RooManRed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2008
    Albany Ga.
    I agree. As long as they have food, water, and a heat lamp they should be fine. and by the way:welcome
  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  6. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    [​IMG] from CT [​IMG]
    I leave my chicks sometimes for that long and as long as they have enough food, water, and warmth, they will be fine. They will be on your mind alot, but I've learned I can leave them longer and longer. I found it harder when they were a few weeks old, they run out of water quicker. Enjoy them.. they grow fast!
  7. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
  8. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
    From Old Town, Maine
  9. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Welcome to BYC from NC [​IMG]
  10. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Quote:You know, I don't even know how many I have. [​IMG] I just rehomed two of the roosters, so minus those from my signature. I still have three roos to rehome (maybe I can keep one...) and I want to get a few more chicks for my daughter for Easter. I live in a suburb, so I can't have too many. The neighbors already think I'm a bit crazy. I'm worried about my chickens tonight because I was gone out at dusk and the coop door got blown shut. I came home to find that they're all sleeping under the coop and I couldn't get them out! I'm hoping nothing bothers them tonight. [​IMG]

    Anyway, [​IMG] !!!

    You'll like it here, people are friendly. Don't hesitate to ask lots of questions, and please post pictures of your chicks when you get them!

    What breeds are you getting?

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