Hello from North Georgia!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by missjay13, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. missjay13

    missjay13 In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2017
    North Georgia
    Hi, everyone!

    I'm new to the chicken-keeping life, but I'm super excited to get started. Our new (to us) home has a chicken coop on the property, so my husband and I have cleaned it out and are in the process of making sure it's secure and building a run. We're planning on ordering three Buff Orpington chicks from a hatchery in the spring. From my poking around the forum here, it seems like a lot of people start with day-old chicks--are there downsides to a complete newbie (e.g. me!) starting with four-week-old chicks?

    Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. The only real downside to getting day old chicks is that you also have to get a brooder area set up. If you have power running to your coop, then it could be done there - if not, an indoor location will be needed (could be your garage, for example). You'd need a heat source - lamps (a bit of a fire hazard and possibly not the best way forward), brooder plate - https://www.amazon.com/Brooder-Elec...srs=13588394011&ie=UTF8&qid=1484978646&sr=8-1 (as an example), or a mamma heating pad - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update, some starter feed and a drinker that it is shallow (or put marbles, pebbles in it) to stop the chicks from drowning.

    This link may be useful - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-your-baby-chicks

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    All the best
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, misjay13, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Looks like CTKen gave you some great links to explore so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!!
  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've already received some good information so I'll just say hello and best wishes!
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    Welcome from Middle Georgia, so glad you have joined us. And congratulations on your decision to get your own flock.

    How lucky to already have a coop:)

    The experience of starting with baby chicks is awesome, something I would not want to miss. But it does require having the space and equipment for this.

    IMO it depends on what date you plan to get your flock - if early spring, it may be too cold there to place 4 week olds in the coop without supplemental heat?
    Most recommend they be 5 weeks and the weather warm enough for them - the Learning Center should offer you information to help make those plans.

    I love the BO's - but they do go broody often.

    Good luck with the new adventure.

  6. missjay13

    missjay13 In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2017
    North Georgia
    Thanks so much for the warm welcome and the tips and advice! This forum is such a wealth of information--I have a lot of reading to do :)
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under missjay13 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great advice, I just wanted to add that 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. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  9. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around the run.

  10. missjay13

    missjay13 In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2017
    North Georgia
    Thanks, y'all! Really excited to be a part of this group!

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