Hello from Oakland!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by confettifarm, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. confettifarm

    confettifarm In the Brooder

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    Hello chicky friends! Super excited to be here!

    My fiance, our poodle, and I are about to embark on our backyard chicken adventure. We've just moved from downtown to a more suburban spot with a big half acre -- ripe for raising chooks and growing veggies :)

    Tonight we're headed to the local breeder to fetch 2x Buff Orpingtons and 2x Black Copper Marans. Here's our brooder setup in an old Ikea cabinet (many thanks to you folks for the mama heating pad, nipple bottle, and other ideas featured here).

    Any setup critique is super welcome! We'll have the puppy pads for the first few days then swap over to soft hay once they're all settled. The sides are only 1 foot but we're adding chicken wire soon to keep the babies in.

    Yay!

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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    nice job. Welcome to Backyard Chickens, hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.
     
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  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  4. honeythechicken

    honeythechicken Songster

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    Good luck with your chicks:ya
     
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  5. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Thanks for joining us! :celebrate
     
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  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC, and good luck in establishing your flock.
     
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  7. fldiver97

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    Welcome :welcome Glad you decided to join us! Congrats on your new babies :jumpy Be careful that they don’t eat the hay.... Nice use of an old book shelf :thumbsup
     
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  8. confettifarm

    confettifarm In the Brooder

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    Thank you!!

    Do you think they'll eat the hay? That's why I put the puppy pads down, just in case, but I guess putting that little pile of hay in there kind of defeats that purpose hahaha. It just looked so boring in there! Maybe I'll take the hay out for the first week and put something else in.. a mirror or something...
     
  9. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

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    Mirror, lay a smaller tree branch in there for the chicks to jump on (after a couple of weeks you can raise it a bit), I always had a ‘stuffed chicken’ in a corner of the brooder and the little ones snuggled around it and under the floppy wings :)
     
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  10. confettifarm

    confettifarm In the Brooder

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    AW! That is such a cute idea.

    Going into the backyard in search of future-roosts now :)
     

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