My first Chicken experience!!!!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by meghannybarra, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. meghannybarra

    meghannybarra Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 13, 2016
    So I have gotten my first Chicks and I am SO excited! I have 1 Barred Rock, 1 RI Red, 1 Maran, 1 Brown Leghorn, 1 brahma, and 1 Brown Sexlink! I live in Wisconsin and so I am a little worried about the winter weather affecting or harming the birds!

    Currently I have the 7 day old chicks in the basement under a nice heat lamp. I am wondering about when I can put pine shavings in for them to nestle and play in....? And suggestions for me or helpful tips is greatly appreciated!!!!

    Thanks Meghann
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Meagan, what do you have them on right now? Generally people have them in a brooder on pine shavings covered with paper towels for the first few days, till the chicks know what their food is and where to get it. Then you can remove the paper towels.
  4. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Sounds like you have the start of a nice flock Meghann. I agree with drumstick diva...the chicks should be on pine shavings now.

    Glad you are having fun with your new little ones.

    It's nice to have you here!
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  5. chickens29

    chickens29 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 15, 2015
    New England
    The weather here may differ from yours, but when it gets into the negatives my chickens do fine. They have insulation in their shed, and they sleep in a pile to keep warm. I give them extra food and water, and if it's going to be extra cold or there's a blizzard coming, I give them a suet cake. I don't have a water heater so I refill their bowls with warm water throughout the day.

    A problem that I encounter are my leghorns, because they get frostbite on their combs. Some nights I have to take them in if it's too cold. My other hens do not have much of a problem with the cold because they are cold hardy breeds like the Rhode Island red. My black and red sex links do well in the winter too. My friends have had some of their chickens die in the winter from cold, but I have had none die during the three years that I have kept chickens.

    A tip that I would definitely recommend is not to buy plastic feeders/waterers/anythings for your hens. My hens are very clumsy and they broke all of their plastic things, lol.
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  6. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2015
    I am in WI too and based on my limited experience I would agree the Leghorn might get some comb frostbite. Not that big a deal if it does happen.
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some good advice already, so I'll just say a big hello!

    All the best
  8. meghannybarra

    meghannybarra Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 13, 2016
    Thank everyone! Right now I have the chicks on paper towels. I was going to get some shavings yesterday but ran out of time. So today it is! I am also having a hard time keeping their water clean. Messy little girls!
  9. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2015
    I would suggest horizontal water nipples once a few weeks old.
  10. meghannybarra

    meghannybarra Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 13, 2016
    how do you implement those in the brooder.....right now they are in a tote with shavings and a heat lamp.

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