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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wilkersonkim87, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. wilkersonkim87

    wilkersonkim87 New Egg

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    We just got 4 baby chicks. I'm brand new to this and it's a little scary. We've got everything we need and our chicks seem happy, but my question is when do I introduce the grit and how often should I change bedding, and when I do change the bedding where should I put the chick? Would a cardboard box suffice?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. These links should answer most of your questions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-your-baby-chicks
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...ks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens

    Grit topic - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/891051/the-science-of-feeding-grit-to-poultry


    Providing you are feeding chick starter then grit is not essential for now. Bedding should be changed when it begins to smell, and yes, a cardboard box will be fine for the chicks whilst you are changing the bedding.

    More generally, 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/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224


    All the best
    CT
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  4. ninjawesome

    ninjawesome Currently being awesome Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Hi there wilkersonkim87 and [​IMG]! We're happy you could join us!

    Good questions. You should change your bedding whenever it gets stinky and wet. Yep, a cardboard box will do just fine!
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, wilkersonkim78, and :welcome! Great to have you in our community! CTKen gave you some super links to explore so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :woot
     
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under wilkersonkim87 [​IMG] Welcome & Congratulations!

    As you have already received links to some great starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     

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