Hello, excited about joining a community of chicken lovers!


Mar 4, 2018
Hello fellow chicken lovers,
I have always been enamored with eggs. Some of my fondest memories are of entering my grandfathers coop, dodging the hens, and gathering the fresh eggs. Granted it's been such a long time and that memory is fading but today, the hubby and I finally bought 4 chicks. Two three week old Speckled Sussex and two 4 week old Cuckoo Marans. Our cuties are settling into their plastic tub home tonight. It was a little bumpy settling them in initially as the 250 watt red light bulb which was recommended to provide them heat, almost cooked them. Thanks to advice from this forum, I moved them away from the heat and the light only shines on a small corner of the tub about 4 feet off the floor. They seem much better now. They seem a little lethargic/sleepy? but I'm hoping they will pick up tomorrow.
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Welcome to Backyard Chickens!

Did you use a thermometer to make sure the temperature under the bulb is about 90 degrees F.?

They will move into the heat as they need to warm up. Give them some electrolytes. There is a Save a chick electrolyte that you can give them
G’Day from down under eknox :frow Welcome and Congratulations! :clap

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.

If you include your general location on your profile, this will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

BYC has a Learning Centre and also Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out. These may be of particular interest to you at this stage:
Topic/Question of the week - Brooding and supplementing heat for chicks
Topic of the Week - Raising Chicks

If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)

Best wishes and good luck!

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