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Athena2344

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I am starting up my own backyard flock of buff Orpington, and am looking for helpful tips and pointers. I have a "chicken garden" consisting of yellow squash, watermelon, Bell peppers, and pumpkins. My coop is almost done and I have been working diligently saving up money for the coop, materials, and the chickens. I found laundry baskets at Walmart that stack on top of each other, and I was wondering if those were good for nesting boxes...
 

Pork Pie

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Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. I use plastic basins as nest boxes, so your idea should be fine.

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

Good luck with your plans!

All the best
CT
 

redsoxs

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Greetings from Kansas and :welcome. Happy you joined us! You asked about feed. Your local farm and ranch store should have a chicken feed called chick starter. In comes in various brands but is formulated for baby chickens. Good luck to you!
 

sumi

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Laundry baskets sound like a good idea for nest boxes, I've used buckets (on their sides and upright, filled halfway with stones and then nesting materials) and both went down a treat with the ladies. Feed-wise, chick starter for the little ones (medicated or not) for the first month or so, then grower until they are near ready to or laying. For feed brand recommendations, have a browse in the Feeding & Watering Your Flock forum section.
 

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