"Look at all them chickens"

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mrsferg, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. mrsferg

    mrsferg New Egg

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    Hello!!
    The title of this thread is what my husband said to me as he opened a brown box with chickens from our local farm store. (he is lucky he is cute)
    Immediately the kids started screaming, claiming and naming and the dog would not stop barking!!! Talk about shock-n-awe.. lawd have mercy it was chaos!!!
    Now we are settled in, chicks are adorable and building plans for coop are in process.
    My husband only has some knowledge from when his family had chickens when he was younger, so I decided it is in the chicks best interest to join this forum :)
    We have 12 chicks total, 4 Rhode Island Reds, 4 red sexlink, and no clue what the other 4 are unless there is actually 6 of each????
    Currently they are in a large tote (6ft long) with chux lining the bottom, heat lamp, chick feed and water. I have read several threads on here and Google is my new BFF.
    Any information anyone would like to share would be grateful :)
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock! Sounds like you have jumped (been pushed) in with both feet, lol. Enjoy the babies and get building, because they will grow way faster than you might expect and be ready to be up and out of the brooder.
     
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  3. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Feel free to ask any questions you have and we will do our best to answer them! Be sure to check out the learning center!
     
  4. mrsferg

    mrsferg New Egg

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    are the chux (like puppy pads) ok to use?
     
  5. mrsferg

    mrsferg New Egg

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    yes I would say pushed!!! lol
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC!!

    Congrats on those new babies!!! Make sure to give them plenty of room in the brooder, about a 1/2 square foot per bird, don't cover the lid with anything but a screen or wire for good heat and oxygen exchange. There is a nice article in our learning center on brooding chicks. I think it covers good materials to use in the brooder too...https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...ks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens

    While you are there, go ahead and check out our entire learning center. Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping your new flock....https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Enjoy this new journey you are on! If you run into any issues or have questions, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    Good luck with your chicks! You should get lots of eggs from them when they're older, since they're all very productive breeds. [​IMG]
     
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    If you're not sure what breed some of your chicks are, just post photos of them. We'll be happy to help identify them.[​IMG]
     

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