Gotta Intro the Washingtonian

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SilverCoug, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. SilverCoug

    SilverCoug Hatching

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    So I live in tiny little Roy, Washington and am entirely new to having chickens. I have two small children and I want to have a semi-sustaining home where I can grow my own veg/fruit and supply my own milk and eggs. I am not sure if I will be keeping chickens for dinner purposes or not yet... I have completed gathering the supplies to build my run and coop outdoors so decided it was time to get the chickens. I finally went with buying chicks to raise mainly because of my children. I want them to be a part of raising the chicks into laying hens so they will be entirely comfortable with handling the chickens and going out to retrieve the eggs eventually. I bought two chicks being sold as Buff Orpington and two being sold as Araucana. The Feed store told me they were between two and three weeks old. I have no idea how to age a chick so I am going with that... So far I have had them for one night and one whole day. They have been exactly as I expected. They sleep,cheep, and poo. I am currently searching for information on how old a chick needs to be before it can be taken outside. I am also curious about the difference between a rumpless and non-rumpless chicken.
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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Generally chicks stay in the brooder with heat lamp until they are fully feathered out - about 8 weeks old. If you lived in a nice warm climate, they could go out sooner. The difference is really one, has a tail and the rumpless do not.
     
  3. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    [​IMG]Welocme to BYC!!! It is an aweosme forum (the BEST in the world) and has a great comminity!!! Hope you have a great time and learn A LOT!
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Cute chicks! They need to be at least 8 weeks to be living outside.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    Chicks can begin taking short visits outside (just for fun) when they are a couple weeks old, if it is not cold. However, they shouldn't live outside until they are feathered in, usually around 6-8 weeks.
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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