Hello from Nantucket

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ackchickens, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Ackchickens

    Ackchickens In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2015
    First time chicken mom to be. Expecting 6 babies this time next week. 3 golden buffs, 2 leghorns and a Rhode island red. I have been spending all my free time for 2 weeks reading books and web sites, basically moving back and forth between overwhelmingly excited to terrified! There is so much to learn. I live on a small island off Massachusetts and am getting scared on prices for feed, as we have no tractor supply store of any type around here. Trying to decide on what type of waterer to use. To use vinegar or not? Grit for babies? Feeding them hard boiled egg, just sounds so odd to me! I bought a coop online that said it would fit 6 chickens and I'm thinking its never going to happen, it's too small and seems like a piece of crap. So have been researching building my own . Anyone have any ideas on how to settle my nerves, it'd be greatly appreciated!
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with your soon to be new chicks! Be sure to check out the Learning Center section on chicks, it isn't nearly as scary raising them as it seems! https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks
    Have you checked other stores like Wal-mart that may carry feed? They are actually not that much more expensive than the feed stores around here.
    Really for 6 chickens, would probably just go with the plastic one gallon waterers, they are pretty cheap and easy to use.. if you are going to have electric in your coop, going with a heated dog water bowl in the winter works well.
    ACV is one of those things that some people don't really care, and some people swear by, always figured it doesn't hurt (as long as you don't over do it) so why not add it a time or two a week.
    Chicks really only need grit once you start feeding them things other than their chick starter (and hard boiled egg if you want to, they do like it :)) if you let them outside on the dirt, they will probably find the grit they need anyhow. Most people start introducing other treats when the chicks are a few weeks old .. Check out the treat chart in the Learning Center for ideas https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens
    Ya, the mailorder coop kits don't fit near the chickens they claim to, once you have one at least they are useful as a back up coop if you ever have a broody hen and/or you want to raise chicks or have a sick bird etc... you are usually better off to build a coop yourself or have one built for you.
  3. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

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

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Kelsie has left you some great advice and links to check out so will just say Hi and wish you the very best of luck. I too have experienced the Internet coops and them not being large enough for the amount of birds they state. It can be quite annoying and now I like to actually look at any thing I'm purchasing.

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens - just Keep Calm and let us guide you. Those on line coops are never big enough and not durable enough to stand up to actual use & weather.
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Hello, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    I would use just a normal fount-style waterer (like this one:1 Gallon Poultry Waterer). I used them successfully for my small flock of four until I switched to nipple waterers. I've never put vinegar in the water (and have had perfectly happy, healthy chickens), but some people think that it helps.Chicks don't need grit unless they are eating food other than chick feed (for example, they'd need grit if you were giving them bread as a treat, or corn). Hard boiled egg is fine to give and is a good idea if you have some weak chicks, as it gives them energy.

    I hope the coop construction goes well! Sorry to hear that the mail-order coop didn't turn out well; unfortunately, that is often the case.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
  9. Ackchickens

    Ackchickens In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2015
    Thanks everyone!! I love how helpful and supportive everyone is on this site! Chicks should be here Tuesday or Wednesday next week. I can hardly wait!:woot
  10. Hi! Welcome to BYC! Good luck with your chicks! Glad you could come!

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