Hello from Rainy Humboldt County California

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cindy A, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Cindy A

    Cindy A Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello to all of you egg and chicken helpers here at BYC, I have no chickens yet, well that's not necessarliy true, I picked up one little chick at our local feed store yesterday, and today, the little thing died, my son is very upset(he's 14), so I am picking up some new chicks next Friday at another feed store, I have learned already, never take just one, it was the last one tho. Hopefully this time I will be successful in raising them to go out to the coop at least. Thanks will be checking in on a regular basis. Cindy
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    Make sure you are brooding these little babies. They need to be started at 95 degrees the first week and the temp dropped by 5 degrees each week for 6 weeks. (thermometer placed in the floor directly under the lamp) Use an infra-red heat lamp on them. Lay down paper towels the first few days and sprinkle feed around the feeder on the floor so they can find the feed, (you can remove the towels when you think they know where the feed is kept) and dip everybody's beak in the water when you first put them in so they know where the water is. Don't use cedar shavings or chips. You can use pine shavings, grass hay, or even on wire.

    Good luck with your new babies and enjoy BYC!
     
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  3. Cindy A

    Cindy A Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the good advice,m I have pine shavings and a fount and feeder and lamp ready when we get the new ones in, I think that it was having the brooder in the garage didn't help things at all,so next time I am using the mud room, husband or no husband, the draft in the garage was way too much.
     
  4. Sorry about the loss of the lone chick! They do need to have company!

    Hope the new chicks do great for you! Loss of the baby chick is hard, but glad yu are not going to give up. You will love raising them, Good Luck.
    Welcome to BYC from Southern California! [​IMG]
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Yes, the garage is going to be way too drafty. Drafts kill babies very easily. Make sure where you keep them is also heated. Don't cover the lid of the brooder with anything but a screen or wire for good heat and oxygen exchange. And use a brooder like a cardboard box or plastic tote. No open sides or open floors.

    Good luck with your new babies!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  7. Ezs Choukies

    Ezs Choukies Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's raining in Mendocino County, also... We must be getting your run off as it rolls South. :)
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  8. herechilychiky

    herechilychiky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!!!
    So sorry to hear about your peep. This is a great resource for help with any questions, concerns or just plain ole support....[​IMG]
     
  9. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you here at BYC [​IMG]
     

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