Hatchlings on the way

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RainbowTX, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. RainbowTX

    RainbowTX Just Hatched

    Feb 7, 2017
    Hi! New here! We are in north central Texas and are expecting a shipment of 15 hatchlings (8 Buff Orpington/7 Austroplorp) from MPC later this month. I've got our brooder ready and the coop is built and secure! Yay. Been reading up about pasty butt, and some common diseases to look for. Any additional advice? Thanks in advance!
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, RainbowTX, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! First chickens are an exciting time and it looks like you have done your homework and prep to give your chicks a great start! Make sure you dunk their beaks when you unpack them so they know right away where to find their water. Some folks also put electrolyte powder in the waterer for awhile to give them a boost. My only advice is, if you haven't already, to read the articles in the Learning Center here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    And if you'd like to chat with fellow Lone Star chicken folks, locate the TX thread here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
    Best wishes, enjoy your baby chicks and the fresh eggs you'll be getting in a few months! [​IMG]
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  3. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Overrun With Chickens

    I think pasty butt happens when brooding under lights, I am going to use a heat plate, many use a "mama heating pad" and the brooder is in the coop from day one.

    Mine are not coming until April so IDK!

    Good luck

    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here

    Must. Finish. Coop.
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  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am quite glad you decided to join the flock, and please make yourself at home here! Enjoy BYC! :frow

  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under RainbowTX [​IMG] Welcome!

    How exciting! Best wishes to you and the little ones when they arrived.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  6. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around the run. How exciting! I can't wait to see pictures! :cd
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Please update when babies arrive. You picked two great breeds.
  8. N F C

    N F C just 1 more cup pls Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Make yourself at home and always feel free to ask questions!
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    [​IMG] 15 chicks? Be ready for the cuteness and poop!

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