Hello for Washington State!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mrswallace, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Mrswallace

    Mrswallace New Egg

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    After admiring my friend's chickens, my husband and I decided to get our own backyard chickens. Due to our city's ordinance, Spokane, we'll be raising just three to four hens. My husband is busy building the coop and it's up to me to prepare their first home. I have a big sturdy box that should work for the first few weeks. What is best to put on the floor of their brooder? I've read rags, wood pellets, saw dust? They'll be in the house for a few weeks - I don't want our house to small like a barn, but I want the chicks to be comfortable.

    Thanks for any tips and advice!
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Mrswallace, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! When it comes to baby chicks, most people use pine (not cedar) shaving available at your local farm and ranch. Very absorbent and soft and relatively easy to clean out and replace. I've linked a couple links to you that might be helpful. Best of luck to you and have fun!

    For your new babies:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/11/raising-baby-chicks

    For general chicken care and maintenance:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/

    If you are building our own coop here are some to look at:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coop_Designs
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    For the first few days I use puppy training pads - absorbent, good footing, and easy to change. After that I use a mix of pine shavings and pelleted pine horse bedding - helps a lot with the smell and dust.
     
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Great links. Welcome to BYC. Mrs Wallace, we share the same last name. [​IMG]
     
  8. thasista

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi from Kentucky! I scoured this forum when I was first building my small coop and got a ton of ideas. [​IMG]
     
  9. Mrswallace

    Mrswallace New Egg

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    Thanks so much for all of the great information and links. I'm counting the days until I get my chicks...I'm looking forward to making them into pets - I'm not too concerned with eggs. My husband is building a beautiful coop, which I'll post pics of when it's complete.
     

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