Longtime lurker, finally got some chicks!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by KernelPanic, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. KernelPanic

    KernelPanic New Egg

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    Hello! I've been wanting to have a flock to provide me with fresh eggs and enjoyment for what seems like always. A few months ago, my boyfriend and I moved to a 50 acre farm, and I started scheming. This weekend I bit the bullet and set up a brooder, purchasing 5 chicks from our local farm store - 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes, and 1 Blue Langshan. I suggested 6; my boyfriend said 3, talked him up to 4, and the salesman at the feed store sold me 5 :) I'm super excited to finally have some chickens in my life! They're very cute and sweet though they do seem to make a mess of their water and feeders. Any tips for keeping them from walking in their water dish and making a complete mess of it?

    We setup a webcam for them, so if you need a dose of cuteness to brighten up your day, check out ustream.tv/channel/sight-unseen-chickens
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC!

    Enjoy your new babies!! If you have any questions about them at any time, feel free to ask us here.

    Welcome to our flock!
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock.
     
  4. missbecky

    missbecky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, and welcome.

    A lot of people put the watered up on a brick. I set mine in a shallow pan. Unless you have a small chick shallow waterer, then you'll want to place marbles, or those flat glass decorate rocks in their water receptacle -so the chicks don't drown.
     
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Enjoy your chickens! Nice breeds you have there.
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. Tracerkid

    Tracerkid Out Of The Brooder

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    I am very new at this too. I got my first chicks three days ago and because they do make such a mess with the water I went and got the chick nipple waterer. They were cheap and work great. The brooder is nice and dry now :)
     
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    Tracerkid Out Of The Brooder

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  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Welcome!
    I put my chick waterer up on a small box to get it out of the shavings. Messy with feed? [​IMG]
     

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