Hello, I'm new here...from MA...I'm very excited about our new chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Reghan1977, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Reghan1977

    Reghan1977 New Egg

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    We just ordered six silkie chicken eggs, have made an enclosed good sized run and next week we'll finish the coop. We've done a lot of research on chicken care.. but is it true that we need to clean our chickens poopers once in awhile? This, I'm not sure is true, nor am I sure how too. Also, we have an incubator.:.homemade and it's taking forever to get it to the right temp . We've followed the instructions and have it in the downstatir bathroom with an electrical heater just to keep the room temp up...we also have a 40 watt bulb in the incubator and it took all day and the incubator to make it to only 88....what am I doing wrong? It's air tight so I don't get it? If anyone has any suggestions I'd very much appreciate it
    Thanks,
    Reghan:)
     
  2. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from NY State! [​IMG]

    You may need to clean your chicks vents if they get poo stuck to them (commonly known as pasty butt).

    You may want to post in the "Incubating and Hatching Eggs" section to get a good answer to your bator problem. I've never incubated so I can't help.

    Good luck!
     
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  6. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    To prevent pasty butts, you can mix fine sad into their food.
    [​IMG] From the chicken coop! Thanks for joining!!!!
     
  7. Reghan1977

    Reghan1977 New Egg

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    Thank you all! Oh....and how do you clean a chickens "vent" to prevent infection? "sticky butt" lol....
     
  8. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    HI and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Chickens only need their hind ends cleaned if they are pasted up with feces - and you should also try to find out why it happened.
     

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