Hi there! newbie here...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by stimfarmgirl, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. stimfarmgirl

    stimfarmgirl New Egg

    Apr 9, 2009
    Just thought I'd introduce myself. I really have next to no idea what I'm doing but I'm learning a lot from these pages. I have 17 chicks. that are about 2-3 weeks old and the more I read...the more I hope I don't end up killing them all with my ignorance! LOL

    I've had them for 2 weeks and they grow sooooo fast!
    I have: 1 silky, 1 sebright, 6 austrolorps, 3 buff orpingtons, 2 jersey giants, 2 barred rocks, and 2 americaunas.

    They currently live in my hall bathroom. (In the tub that doesn't work due to broken pipes under the foundation.) They are on pine shavings(Which I tidy up and freshen daily) with a lamp in one corner. I keep a heater on low at night and open the window several times a day for ventilation. We are in Southern California so our weather is very mild. But it is the time of year where the temperature fluctuates a lot.

    Their out door coop is mostly finished. It may be a little out of the norm but I think it will work for our area. I converted a corner of my detached garage (which was built in the back yard where you would have to drive up and over your lawn to get into it-so of course we never use it for cars) I enlarged a ground vent to make a pop door to the fenced garden yard which will be for their exclusive enjoyment.

    My chicks seem to be doing well. The eat a ton...and I must clean and replace their water 4-5 a day because they kick litter into it. I plan to get a waterer in the next few days. Some of my chicks seem to have diarrhea though. Not every time they go...just sometimes. I just sit watching them a lot.. so I notice. They are all acting fine. this has been going on for about a week. Is this anything to worry about at this point?

    anyways...feel free to let me know how I'm doing so far...wisdom comes from experience and I'm feeling a little shy on both right now.
  2. ceadar post

    ceadar post Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2009
    Congrats and welcome.[​IMG]
  3. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Hi and [​IMG] Sounds like you got a handle on it. I would be careful with drafts with the open window. They should be in a 80 to 85 degree condition. What are you feeding them? YES they do grow fast!
  4. stimfarmgirl

    stimfarmgirl New Egg

    Apr 9, 2009
    I'm feeding them chick crumble I bought at the feed store in a 50 lb bag.
  5. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey! and Hello!
    POO looks different from time to time because or the part of the intestine it comes from. But if you see a constant diarhea discharge act quickly to stop the spread.
    Pasty Butt on th other hand is easily remedied with warm soapy soak and rinse. Don't forget to dry before you let chick loose again! [​IMG]
  6. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] You are hooked now! NEXT EGGS Yum [​IMG]
  7. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida. Yep, sounds as though you're hooked alright! Have fun. [​IMG]
  9. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    Welcome from Indiana... [​IMG]
  10. wingnut1

    wingnut1 Crazy Bird Lady

    Hi stimfarmgirl!!!
    I have some 2-week old chicks at the moment, too! I use a firm tupperware lid as a "base" for my chick waterer -- it raises it up just a bit - they can reach it to get a drink - but it is tougher for them to kick the bedding in... might be worth a shot!!! [​IMG]

    Welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG]

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