New chick mama wanting your advice :)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 14chickmama, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. 14chickmama

    14chickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    I am getting 14 chicks the first week of march. This is our first time owning chickens
    I've been reading and looking at videos online trying to learn about chickens. I got 13 assorted brown egg layers and 1 rhode island red rooster. I'm very excited to be raising them and so our my 3 kids. My husband has started building our coop and I'm going to start getting the brooder ready just have to figure out what I want to build it out of. I guess my question is, is can you give me any advice that will help me out being a first timer?
  2. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    Your doing it... Read ask questions and ENJOY [​IMG]
  3. coloradochick

    coloradochick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2007
    Brighton, CO
    chickmama how exciting for you and the kids [​IMG]
    There are many good ideas for a brooder. We always use a big blue plastic tote from Home Depot or the like. Easy to clean, lift, etc. We keep two and rotate them in and out. We also at one time bought a huge water trough about 3x6 or so and that worked really well. Good luck and post pics when the chicks get home [​IMG]
  4. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    So exciting!!
    Welcome to the forum, you will find tonnes of great info here. Addicting.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers


    I cannot believe I got into chickens at the age of 56. What took me so long? I love every stage of chicken life, from incubating eggs and hatching out chicks, or buying chicks from a feed store, gathering eggs from the laying pullets & hens, watching the roosters perform, discovering a hen is broody and letting her hatch those eggs and raise the chicks, to simply watching the activity of the chickens and laughing at their antics.

    I didn't plan on getting a rooster, but once one of my so-called "pullets" turned into a rooster, I couldn't get rid of him. I am so glad I kept him. I now have "too many" roosters in my much larger flock. They're all characters and I haven't had any problems with this many roosters. Well, I don't mind their crowing, anyway!

    Welcome into the world of keeping chickens!
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2011
  6. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
  7. 14chickmama

    14chickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    Thank you so much for the warm welcome!! I can't wait to get my chicks!! Neither can my 3 kids and husband. We are building the coop now. And I think were just going to build the brooder as well. I will definetly post pics I'm obsessed with pictures and now chickens and I think they'll go really well together!! [​IMG]
  8. newchickgal

    newchickgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2009
    Republic of Panama
    [​IMG] I have to add that this is a very good place (BYC) lots of info from warm friendly folks. [​IMG]
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Lots of things make quick brooders:

    dog crates - I take mine apart put them end to end and tape the seam with duct tape so no little toes get squished. Cover with a wire or screen top.

    Cardboard boxes - Big ones like for washing machines can be used. Just use something sturdy like saw horses to attach the lamp to.

    Kiddie pools - easy to use, easy to clean. Just be prepared for escapees or rig something with cardboard to keep them from escaping.

    Whatever you use, be sure to attach the heat lamp in 2 different ways. I use a chain, then also zip tie the lamp to something else. So if 1 way fails, there's a back up instead of a fire.
  10. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    [​IMG] from Ga. This is the place to learn. I am pretty new too. All you have to do is ask and you will be helped. Everyone here is so helpful. Good luck

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by