just joined - starting first flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bezerkly, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Bezerkly

    Bezerkly New Egg

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    Hi All,

    I've been reading lots of good info on this site. My wife and I just started our first flock of chickens. We have reptile experience previously (corn snakes, rainbow boas, kings, milks, and crested geckos) so we already had a suitable homemade incubator.

    We owned/lived in a 3 family house in a small city with no room for chickens before. Last summer, we bought a house on 2.75 acres in the country (or at least as close as it gets around here - Berkley, MA) and now we're ready to start our flock. The house came with an existing very large fenced in chicken run area and a pretty big (but in rough shape) coop. We've thoroughly cleaned things out and gotten everything prepared for them to move in including patching up the fencing where needed.

    A friend provided a dozen eggs from his flock and we got a 75% hatch rate for a total of 9. 3 unfortunately were fully developed but didn't make it out of the egg. I think they were mispositioned. We manually turned eggs and I think I did the math wrong and we turned 1 day longer than we should. They hatched Sat/Sun and are almost a week old now.

    6 lavender orpingtons and 3 barred rock hatched. 1 of the orps needed help getting out of the egg. It pipped in a few places but never managed to unzip so I helped it after almost a full day of it trying. The membrane was a bit dried and stuck to it but it otherwise was in pretty good shape. It's a bit of a run so we've been making sure it gets to eat and stuff and seems to be improving quite a bit already. We also ended up getting 2 ISA brown pullets from TSC to round things out since we lost a few eggs.

    We're using a momma heating pad for the heat source in their brooder, a *very* large (~4.5' x 2') cardboard box.. Unfortunately, one of the chicks died on the 3rd night from it (or rather our implementation of it). We used a piece of hardware cloth to make the cave and covered it with the heating pad. One of the chicks managed to get it's head stuck on top of the wire and under the heating pad so it couldn't get back out. It either strangled or cooked from the heat :( We have since added chicken wire to it to keep them from being able to stick their heads though.

    They've been kept inside for now but we plan to put them out in the coop next weekend, still in their brooder w/ the heat pad. Hopefully everything goes well from here :)

    Thanks for all the info I've read already to everyone!
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sorry for the loss but [​IMG]hurray for the living. Lavender orps seem to very, very popular now.[​IMG]
     
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Bezerkly [​IMG] Welcome!

    I too am sorry to hear about your loss [​IMG] and send best wishes to you and your little ones.

    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]
     
  5. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     
  6. ninjawesome

    ninjawesome Currently being awesome Premium Member

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    Hi there and [​IMG]! We're glad you could join the flock!

    Sorry about the chick, that's no fun.

    Lavender orpingtons - I have got to get my hands on a couple of those beauties!
     
  7. barred2rock

    barred2rock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC, sounds like you have wonderful flock. But without pictures it didn't really happen. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] James
     
  8. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Best of luck with your new flock!
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, bezerkly, and :welcome! Great to have you aboard! You've already received some great advice and links so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :woot
     
  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG][​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!! We are glad you joined our flock! [​IMG][​IMG]
     

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