Introducing myself

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hilltopchicks77, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. hilltopchicks77

    hilltopchicks77 Chirping

    Mar 7, 2016
    Hi my name is Hilltopchicks77 and I am a newly addicted chick mom. We just got our first chicks this weekend (I am brand new to chickens in fact as of a year ago I was terrified of them). So here's my long story and a few questions mixed in.

    I have 4 red production pullets, we purchased 6 but 2 were not very perky and passed away overnight. They were definitely less than a week old. Does this happen sometimes or did I do something wrong? I feel bad for them. First off I was not sure the set up in the store I got them was the best they were in stacked brooder boxes and their was the bottom so I am not sure how regulated the temp was in there. As soon as we got home I noticed there were 2 laying down a lot. I made sure the temp in my brooder was 95 on one end and its about 80 on the other side. Food and water in the middle. Most of the chicks were active but taking 10 min "naps" then running around and eating/drinking again and exploring both sides of the brooder. The is one further chick from this group that is still sleeping more than the other but active when its awake. I checked all the chicks for pasty butt since i read that could be a problem and had to clean 4 of them but made sure they were dry and warm ASAP. I have read as much as I can find but I'm not sure how much sleeping is normal behavior.

    I also purchased 2 buff orphington straight runs. The BOs were in a tank with barred rocks at tractor supply and practically getting pecked to death, both were laying flat out in the tank and getting trampled. I had low hopes of them making it but brought them home anyway. They have perked up amazingly! They are running around attempting to "fly", checking us out. They are by far the most active of the chickens.

    And now here's where my husband suckered me and talked me into also getting 2 ducks... Also from tractor supply so I'm not exactly sure what they are but I believe they are pekin ducks. They are currently in with the chicks and hang out on the cool side of the brooder. After more reading they are getting their own brooder tomorrow or Wednesday since they require lower temps. (plus they're messy!!)

    So in all I now have 6 chicks (only 4 I "know" are hens) and 2 ducks. We were originally considering 8 hens but now we have 2 that aren't guaranteed. Our local feed store has BOs and Wyandottes on Thursday and I was considering getting 3 birds total (3 min purchase) to bring our number to 9. Is that a reasonable number or are we crazy here? We live on 10 acres, 9 forested and 1 that's a yard so we have plenty of space. My husband is custom building a coop to the number of hens we get. Any opinions?

    Thanks for any responses in advance!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. Gosh, what I'd do with 10 acres - would be an ocean of chickens for sure! I guess the appropriate number of chickens is dictated by your coop size, rather than outdoor space - but we all suffer from chicken maths and we can always find a way to justify getting more chickens [​IMG]

    If you check out the Learning Centre, you'll find a whole host of resources on all things chicken.

    Your state thread is worth joining as you will get to know other BYC members in your area ( In fact, the search box should become your best friend [​IMG] Lastly but by no means least, the members here are amazing - very friendly and helpful, so if you need an answer to a question or simply want some reassurance that what you are doing is ok, then post away - we all help each other out here at BYC.

    All the best
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You didn't mention age but, chicks do sleep often as you mentioned and then run around and tire themselves out again. That is normal chick behavior. Buff orps are generally a docile breed but, I suspect the others in with them were older - so picked on them.

    It's best to plan on a larger coop that you expect, as you can see you want more and more chickens. That's why BYC has I believe 380,000 members around the globe. We just call it chicken math and chicken addiction. Better to make the coop large to begin with, unless you want to make several additions. We are all enablers here, so get as many as you want. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  5. hilltopchicks77

    hilltopchicks77 Chirping

    Mar 7, 2016
    Thank you for answering! I'm not sure how old they are I got them Sunday I would say they're under a week? Or right around? These aren't first chicks so I'm not positive on ages since they just came from the feed store. And as an update I haven't had any more losses so they must have had an issue :/
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Even if all other conditions are perfect, some chicks just fail to thrive. Good to hear the rest of your birds are doing well.

    x2 on drumstick diva's comment to build the coop as large as possible...chickens hate being crowded and will get pretty nasty with each other if they are.

    Good luck to you!

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