Hello~! We are OFFICIALLY a chicken owning family! Post your best tip?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ll, May 18, 2011.

  1. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello! I have been browsing and posting on this site for a bit, learning and sharing the information that I have picked up along the way.
    As of last night (Thank you Jimmy!) we are officially a chicken owning family.
    Four little baby orpingtons - 2 buff and 2 black ... so very cute.
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    We have them in a 40 gallon breeder size aquarium (deeper than a regular tank) with hardware cloth on the top and a red lamp hanging from a reptile light stand. They are eating and drinking their water and peeping away.

    My daughter is 3 and she is washing her hands faithfully and thoroughly after contact.

    One question: how long can a dish of baby chick food/dust stay out before it gets stale or needs to be changed?
    (aside from the food getting dirty, they aren't pooping in it -yet-)

    Feel free to post your best tips for us, wishes of good luck are welcome too! [​IMG]

    I have photos (I read how much you like them, and I enjoy them too!) and will post them when my DH gets home because they are on his pc.
    If you don't see photos on this thread post a reminder in case I get caught up in staring at the babies for endless hours [​IMG]
     
  2. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    Welcome!

    I don't have the answer to your question, as mine have always eaten it before the problem arises. [​IMG]

    Number one tip: Hmmm.... Keep getting Buff Orps! [​IMG] Just kidding. Those are my favorites. Number one tip would be to ALWAYS know the age BEFORE you buy. [​IMG]
    Enjoy the site!
     
  3. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you! (ha I luv Orps too)
    Interesting tip!
    Two are 3 days (same hatch) and one is 10 days and one is maybe 5 days -
    quite the mix, eh? So we are providing temperatures appropriate for under one week and when the older one pants she gets up and moves a bit away from the direct heat of the lamp.
     
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    They'll start really pounding the food at about a week. Until then, just make sure it's clean and it can sit however long.

    If you need any hints, my BYC page is full of them!
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  5. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks gobble that food down in no time. I sometimes have to fill it twice a day!!

    Best tip: Learn chicken math and learn it well. Look for the courses on here. They go all the way up to chicken calculus I think!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good advice given. [​IMG]
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you thank you thank you!


    Chicken calculus!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    chook - I love how full of pages your page is, wow @ the info - tyvm!
     
  9. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    Best tip from Tanichca: I have two!
    1: Snuugle, hold, and mollycoddle those chicks into oblivion, they will adore you forever!
    2: Beware the Imp! [​IMG]
     

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