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Here we go... God help me.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BlackRose89, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. BlackRose89

    BlackRose89 Out Of The Brooder

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    First time chicken owner and dang TSC and Rural King for only selling them by the 6's lol. What the hell do I do now?!? Lol. I now have 3 Americauna pullets, 1 white leghorn pullet, 1 black sex star pullet, 1 Rhode Island Red pullet, 2 buff Orpington Pullets, 2 straight run light Brahmas, and 2 straight run silver Wyandottes. I have a feeder and watered and pine shavings and I even put a dowel rod in the box for them to perch on... Obviously a heat lamp, so now what? How do I socialize them? I got so many bc I expected to lose a few (just bc the pamphlet says dispose of dead birds properly) but if they all live or I have too many roosters from the straight run I have a home lined up. I still have to build the coop, but it's still freezing out and snow. [​IMG]
     
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  2. clueless chic

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    Congrats on your new babies! I have no advice as I am in the same boat...but with half your brood. I have 2 Buff Orpington and 3 "barnyard mixes". The lady said the roo was a Barred Rock and the mom was probably a Amercauna or a Wyndotte.
     
  3. BlackRose89

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    I was only going to get 6 but tsc didn't have buff orps and I really REALLY wanted buff orps lol. If I hadn't wanted them so bad I wouldn't have gotten the 4 straight runs to fill out my half dozen I got today, but they are massively different sizes... The first 6 (Americaunas, leghorn, red and sex star) are way bigger and were discounted at 50% off bc they were trying to move them before the next shipment came in
     
  4. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't need a perch until several weeks old but otherwise it sounds like you have all the bases covered. As far as socializing them, I will put my hand in the brooder and let them play on it and under it which they love, and just get them used to it. Sometimes I have scrambled egg on my hand which they absolutely love. When they are a few days old you can pick out one or two to carry around or let them sleep next to your neck for a while. All of my babies love getting underneath my hair. I like to watch TV in the evening with a baby next to my neck. It doesn't take long for the babies to look forward to your spending time with them.[​IMG]
     
  5. BlackRose89

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    I've let the dogs see them, while I hold one, it just seems like there's a lot of them and I'm nervous about the Rhode Island Red... But the white leghorn seems to be the dominant one already lol
     
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  7. griggy

    griggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are adorable! Congrats! Mine started going on the perch right away, even just to jump around on and now I see them sitting on it all the time!
     
  8. BlackRose89

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    The older ones I got last night all have wing feathers, I have no idea how old they all are
     
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    griggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 2 and 3 weeks old and they all have wing feathers already, got them quick.
     
  10. BlackRose89

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    How long do they have to stay inside? And how big will they be by then? I have them in a cardboard box so I'm afraid there won't be enough room for the full dozen
     

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