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Hello from MN

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickyfarm, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. chickyfarm

    chickyfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all.

    I'm from MN, and just ordering my first chicks. We moved to 6 acres last fall, and the pre-existing barn is going to be partially turned into a coop. I plan on free ranging when outside, but have already seen hawks and eagles flying over so my chickies will need to stay safe when we're not home.

    I ordered 10 RIRs and 5 Americanas, as we want these for layers. Next year we will be raising some for meat.

    So far, I have the brooder from fleet farm, which will be placed in a plastic kiddie pool in the garage until chicks are big enough for the coop. I have 2 small plastic waterers that are safe for baby chicks, and 2 of those 8 hole feeders for hopefully less mess. I plan on pine shavings with paper towels over the top for the beddings. I will also be adding org ACV to their water and trying to ferment their food. Then there's the heat lamp with red bulb. I do plan on medicated feed for now.

    Any other advice? I've been reading over tons of posts here from feed choice, to worming, to natural things to keep birds healthy.

    Oh! I also want to get a few guinea that I would leave to free range when they get bigger. I don't want a ton, so if anyone knows someone in MN that can sell maybe just 4, that would be awesome.

    Nice to be here, this place is a wealth of information!
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  3. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
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  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello, and welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community.
     
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  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Congrats on your impending chicks :celebrate Sounds like you are all prepared with your brooder. Drop by the buy sell trade section for any guineas that may be for sale https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/67/buy-sell-trade Once you have a post count of 20 you can participate in that section.

    Be sure to ask any questions you may have, everyone here to help and very friendly.
    Enjoy BYC and your new chicks :frow
     
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
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  7. chickyfarm

    chickyfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for pointing me to the Minnesota section :)
     
  8. chickyfarm

    chickyfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you :)
     
  9. chickyfarm

    chickyfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks :)
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Wow, you've studied hard and have really done your homework. [​IMG] You are so welcome to Backyard chickens - very glad you joined us.
     

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