Help, My 5 year old had to have it.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by widegauge, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. widegauge

    widegauge New Egg

    Feb 27, 2009
    hello all, I must say I always wanted to own a few chickens and now I do. I went to a feed store to pass the time one day and in the back they had some young "Easter egg" chicks. My daughter wanted to get one and my wife didnt mind the idea so we ended up getting two! I brought them home Saturday. right now they are in a rabbit sized wire cage and I have some starter food and a watering bottle. other then that I am here to figure out what is next. I do have a farming background but moved away after high school and never looked back. now I live in the city. but where I live I have looked into it and they dont seem to have a problem with chicks if they are quiet.

    Louie in
    Jacksonville Fl.
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Welcome to BYC!!! The Learning pages are excellent. Start there. Then ask away!
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    How old are they?

    If they are under 4 weeks old, they'll need a heat lamp to keep them warm.

    First week they need 90 degrees.
    Second week they need 85 degrees.
    Third week they need 80 degrees.
    Fourth week they need 75 degrees...

    By then they should be fully feathered and will just need to stay semi warm at night.

    Welcome to BYC so glad you found us!!
  4. heathersboers

    heathersboers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2010
    Congrats on the new chicks!!! Keep a light on them to keep them warm and just keep plenty of feed and water for them- When they get their feathers its time for them to go outside though.
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
  6. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    [​IMG] from Mississippi. Glad you joined us. You should find lots of good info on the various threads here, but feel free to ask anything you need to know. Someone here will always be happy to help!
  7. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio

    Happy Holidays

    From S&N Livestock and ThePoultryBarn
  8. widegauge

    widegauge New Egg

    Feb 27, 2009
    sorry forgot about the lamp, I have had a lamp in there since I brought them home. any my five year old and I made a small house out of a cereal box bottom
  9. HeatherLynn

    HeatherLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Kentucky, Cecilia
    Might wanna check with others in florida and in your area and see if there are any issues you are not aware of. If you are in town and one ends up being a rooster.....well they are not quiet. In the not so distant future you are going to need some type of coop for them and to decide how they will get room to run. Either a fenced in run or free range in the backyard. There are some adorable smaller coops and in city limits you probably are going to want something that looks nice so the neighbors don't complain. Go ahead and plan on getting more birds when you build this coop just in case. Just type in chicken math. Flocks tend to grow.

    Your girls, unless you got bantam, are not going to be tiny birds but they should lay you some beautiful eggs. EE's tend to take a bit longer to lay but don't give up. Fresh eggs are super yummy and you won't regret them. Other than a coop and an outdoor area to run, you need to look at a way for them to dustbathe. It could be a mini sand box. I would check into finding some DE food grade. It helps with mites and such and flys. Also line is good for smell. Before we moved to our farm we had the chickens in the city. Chickens will get smelly if you are not on top of cleaning. Every month I would completely clean out, not just spot clean but big time clean out. Then down went a bit of lime and DE and then litter on the floor which I would sprinkle with more DE. That really kept bugs and small pretty much non existent. I am sure the others will have Tons more suggestions. There are also some sticky links on the site for new chicken owners to give more in depth information and a better overview of this addiction we all share.

  10. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    [​IMG] and congrats on your new chicks! No one can have just 2(or in my case 40 chickens and 23 ducks)!
    I don't know anything about rabbit cages, but if the floor is wire, you'll need to put something over the wire-chicks feet don't do well on wire.
    Good luck with your birds.
    Oh, medicated chick start is the best starter food until they are about 8 weeks old-then switch to grower feed. Once they are outside, I would get a little bowl and put some grit in it, free choice.

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