Just getting started......questions for the experts here

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by coop-er, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2012
    Hello all... Long time lurker here. I have wanted to start raising chickens for years- long story short My wonderful husband finally bought me a coop ( used) the kids and I rehabbed it last fall and just this past week we picked up our 8 new babies.
    Question #1 I went to get 3 chicks and came home with 8....how does that happen?
    Question#2. I may have 2 roos, will this be a problem?..I believe they are buff brahmas.
    Question 3. The chicks are in a large dog crate- they are 10 days old- will they become "bored" and pick on each other?- should I give them something to do... Spread their feed out ( so they can search it out), give them treats ( for variety), take them out to a chick corral to "play"?? Put in a roost?
    Sorry if these seem like dumb questions, but I live in a cold climate and it will be weeks before they are fully feathered and able to go into their coop. Just trying to plan ahead. Thanks in advance for the help- unbelievable how friendly people on this website seem to be!
  2. chickbythebay

    chickbythebay Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 16, 2012
    Gulf Breeze Florida
    I would put some feed down for them to learn to scratch for food. I don't think two Roos is a problem if they are raised together.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
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  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    # 1 - 3 became 8? Chicken math is the answer.

    #2 - 2 roosters raised together may get along, but two large roosters like that with your number of hens will most likely result in overbreeding and damage.

    # 3 - They will rapidly outgrow that dog crate - plan on moving them to a larger brooder as soon as is possible.

    Good luck with them, and enjoy!
  5. thasista

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2011
    My Coop
    Hi from Kentucky![​IMG]
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    ah good ol' chicken math gotta love it.
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Chicken math is an existential entity that strikes without warning. Just be sure that as your chicks grow they have plenty of space - standard size fowl need about 4 square feet of floor space in the coop per bird when they have grown. I also think 2 roosters to 6 hens is on the high side, unfortunately - maybe you need more pullets!
  8. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2012
    Thanks to all for your advice-I knew I would find answers here! I have plenty of coop space so I am not worried about that... But now sort of concerned about my roosters-(I THINK I know which are the roosters) If I need to get rid of one should I do it now? Or wait until he's older? And Yikes how do I decide which to give away? When I ordered them I asked for the most docile, friendly roos available to hopefully avoid issues. I got them from Meyers Hatchery and the folks there were wonderful- I am really happy with how healthy and robust these little guys are.
  9. GallusGirl

    GallusGirl Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 18, 2013
    Davis, CA
    I just got 4 new chicks, and I've been looking into ways to keep them entertained while in their little brooder. Right now I have a few varieties of food and grit, a little upturned box lid with some dirt for digging (in addition to their bedding which they love kicking into their water) a "babycake" treat, and a little cardboard box (actually from my brooder heat lamp light bulb) with a few cutout "doors" for them to hide in or chase each other around, along with one stick resting in the bedding for them to peck at or hop onto. I've been collecting ideas for "chicken enrichment" in a small brooder, and here are a few ideas I've found:
    -Logs/sticks (with bugs)
    -Tray with dirt
    -Dangling string
    -Cat toys
    -Food hanging from string (Leafy greens, apple)
    -Suet Feeder full of fruit, veggies
    -Potted plants, wheat grass (in run or brooder)
    -Laser Pointer
    -Pile of straw
    -Cheerios on string
    -Cooked rice, oats, quinoa, corn
    Some of them are probably better when the chicks are a bit older, as you have to introduce new foods or treats a little bit slowly, but they should keep chicks happier in a smaller environment for a longer period of time. Good luck with your roosters, there's always the chance they will get along or one will be dominant and rule the roost, while the other is happily subordinate!
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    welcome to BYC - you are in great hands here. I agree your chicks are going to rapidly outgrow your brooder- do you have somewhere inside to make them a larger area? Until weather & feathering make it possible to put them in the coop.

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