Hello from CT!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by andrealeec, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. andrealeec

    andrealeec Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone!! I am new to chickens, and will be getting my 6 Rhode Island Red's this week. I am so excited! I have prepared the brooder (large rubbermaid container), with newspaper and shavings, have the feeder and waterer, got my medicated chick starter feed, got my heat lamp and 2 infrared heat bulbs, and a thermometer. And 2 books on raising chickens. I am learning more everyday with all the information on this site! One question though (probably of many that I will have as they start to grow)...I could only find pine/spruce/fir mix. Will that be ok for them because I know cedar is a no-no. Thank you in advance!! -Andrea
     
  2. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    [​IMG] from CT too! [​IMG]
    I use pine shavings, but don't know about the "mix".. Yes, cedar is a no-no.
    Have fun!
     
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. It should be OK, I wouldn't use the newspaper over the litter, instead use paper towels or old bath towel. Newspaper is too slippery and can cause leg issues. [​IMG]
     
  4. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! Congrats on being a new chicken Mom. Here is a link to a very helpful and fun chicken meet up group in Ct.

    http://www.meetup.com/Chickens1/

    Sounds like your all ready. As far as I know your shaving are ok. I buy the big bag at agway for horses.
     
  5. andrealeec

    andrealeec Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info! I was actually going to use the newspaper under the litter so maybe it will be easier to clean up, but i could just do without it. There is still SO MUCH to learn!
     
  6. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hatch my own and the first 2 days I have newspaper down and paper towel on top of it. I put little piles of food on the ground for them to scratch and peck at. After they get the idea of eating and drinking I put down shavings over newspaper. When cleaning it is easier to dump out with the newspaper. You will have to figure out what works for you.
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. Luckytaz

    Luckytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome, from Minnesota.
     
  9. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from South Africa!
     
  10. purplequeenvt

    purplequeenvt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi from VT!
     

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