I’ve been bit by the chick bug

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by linsybird, May 22, 2019.

  1. linsybird

    linsybird In the Brooder

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    How do you stop yourself from getting more chicks? I started with 4, and told myself I’d stop at 6. Now I have 7, and am already thinking about adding another coop!

    Can someone talk me out of buying a couple more? There are some Cochins at Atwood’s that are practically begging me to bring them home...
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    Just make sure you have enough room. I would slow down so you can get some next year too.

    Are you a first time owner? If you are it's best to wait and see how it goes. As birds get older and more mature you can see more problems if you don't have enough room or your set up isn't quite right.

    Babies are always cute. Just be sure you can accommodate the adult birds and tend to their needs.
     
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  3. linsybird

    linsybird In the Brooder

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    We had chickens as pets when I was a kid, but I’ve never had them on my own. I’d been planning for almost a year to get my coop and run set up, and am so excited it finally happened! I’ve missed having chickens so much, they really are addictive.

    I’m pretty sure I’m at my limit, I could probably fit one more, but I want them to have a little extra space.
     
  4. I have a prefab coop that had three babies in it. I bought a full grown laying hen and put her in that coop after moving the babies out. She fits in there and practically fills it BY HERSELF! No more "just for now" coops for me!
     
  5. SarahFrost

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    More chickens equals more poop. Haha. My mom gets the chick bug every spring! We now have 20 chickens. We have bought a second chicken coop to accommodate them. It has gotten expensive but the birds have plenty of space and are well cared for. Next year I think I am going to have to tie my mom up and put her on the couch in front of the TV to keep her from buying more chicks.
     
  6. Henriettamom919

    Henriettamom919 Songster

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    I'm the wrong person to ask :gig

    Started with three 20week pullets. That was supposed to be it. Part of an extra credit project for my 16 y/o son's animal biology class.

    Bought four more chicks about a month ago. Now we need another coop so I'm thinking mine as well get that blue and red Wyandotte and mottled java I've been wanting...

    Chicken math: it'll get us every time! :woot
     
  7. Or send her on a nice vacation next Spring.
     
  8. SarahFrost

    SarahFrost In the Brooder

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    Sorry mom, we are going to Disney world!
     
  9. Henriettamom919

    Henriettamom919 Songster

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    We learned that prefab lesson the hard way, too! Never again!

    On the plus side it'll be a great place for my four chicks to learn how to chicken as its in an enclosed garden. Lots to forage, nearby but not with the older girls, etc.
     
  10. linsybird

    linsybird In the Brooder

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    Wow!
    I considered getting a couple Jersey Giants, then I looked at my nest boxes and realized they probably wouldn’t fit!
     

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