New chicken lady.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sgorajec, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. sgorajec

    sgorajec Just Hatched

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    Hello,
    We just purchased 4 day old dark Brahmas. Hoping they are all girls! Never had chickens before, but we are already hooked! Working on designing & building our coop so any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] Hello to you and [​IMG]. I'm so glad you have joined us.

    Congrats on your new babies - sending you luck wishes they are all gals [​IMG]


    Too much advice, too little time to tell all [​IMG]

    But:

    Watch for pasty butts - it shocked me that 2 of my 6 got it, later found it is not uncommon when you get baby chicks.

    Get your coop/run plans going and get to building - you will be wanting to move those gals into a permanent home at about 5-6 weeks of age. It takes longer to get the finishing touches and predator protection done than we think. And I think the Brahmas are larger than the BO/BR I raised and I had to get a larger brooder when mine were 2 weeks old - so make sure you have brooder space to handle them as they grow.

    Build larger than what you think, it is so much harder to expand the coop or run after they have moved in.

    Think ahead on what you would do if one or more turn out to be boys.

    Enjoy every minute - take loads of pics/videos.

    Get ready for a great adventure - and hopefully loads of fresh eggs [​IMG]

    Don't hesitate to post questions in the forums, we're here to help.
     
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  3. Circle W Farms

    Circle W Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello from SC and welcome to BYC. There are a ton of info on chicks and coops in the Learning Center.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Please check out the coops section for great ideas and details of build.
     
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
     
  6. sgorajec

    sgorajec Just Hatched

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    Thank you! I will look into the pasty butts. Unfortunately, we cannot have roosters in our neighborhood (I live in the city). If one is a male, I will either have to give him away or get in touch with the guy I bought them from. We are so excited! They are one of the bigger birds so I am building it as big as my space allows. We are planning on a 4 foot by 4 foot coop & then adding 4 nesting boxes to the side of it. Attached to the coop will be a 4 foot by 10 foot run.

    Congrats on your new babies - sending you luck wishes they are all gals :fl


    Too much advice, too little time to tell all ;)

    But:

    Watch for pasty butts - it shocked me that 2 of my 6 got it, later found it is not uncommon when you get baby chicks.

    Get your coop/run plans going and get to building - you will be wanting to move those gals into a permanent home at about 5-6 weeks of age. It takes longer to get the finishing touches and predator protection done than we think.   And I think the Brahmas are larger than the BO/BR I raised and I had to get a larger brooder when mine were 2 weeks old - so make sure you have brooder space to handle them as they grow.

    Build larger than what you think, it is so much harder to expand the coop or run after they have moved in.

    Think ahead on what you would do if one or more turn out to be boys.

    Enjoy every minute - take loads of pics/videos.

    Get ready for a great adventure - and hopefully loads of fresh eggs :jumpy

    Don't hesitate to post questions in the forums, we're here to help.
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  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. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello :welcome from Kansas and :welcome. Pleased you joined us. Looks like you've already received some great advice so I'll say best of luck and enjoy BYC. :)
     
  9. sgorajec

    sgorajec Just Hatched

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    We have started our coop! The whole family is pitching in.[​IMG]
     
  10. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     

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