New "chicken mom" in Colorado

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DebAndi, May 28, 2017.

  1. DebAndi

    DebAndi Just Hatched

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    Bought 6 chicks beginning of May... No idea what I am doing, but been fun so far. One died the first night :( The rest are doing fine. According to the store, I have a Rhode island red, a barred rock, a Cochin, and two buffington. Hopefully all girls as roosters are not allowed where I live. Started with them in a cardboard box in my bedroom! Now they are in a large dog crate in the shed. Been collecting materials to build a coop which will go in the fenced off area behind the shed. Any advice?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I'd suggest going to the learning centre - its got some excellent resources that should help you -
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/learning-center.11/ and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best

    CT
     
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  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    :welcome glad you have joined us.

    So sorry about the loss - hope the rest fare well.

    My advice - finalize your coop plans and start building. Those babies grow so fast, and you'll be wanting to move them out when they are 5-6 weeks old :)
     
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  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Howdy! Welcome to the flock. My advice is to build the biggest most predator proof coop you can afford. Start with a small flock. Start slow and everything will fall into place.
     
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  5. TwoCrows

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

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    I am so sorry for your loss. :hugsI hope the others grow up and bring you great joy.

    Welcome to our roost! :)
     
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    :welcome
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    Welcome to BYC - so glad you've joined us.
    Sorry about the initial loss. I believe your "buffingtons" are likely buff orpingtons, a lovely breed, especially for beginning in keeping chickens.
    The advice I would offer is build big - build bigger than you think you need. There is no such thing as having too much room for chickens, and many problems that can come from having too little....plus building big allows for the eventual onset of chicken math.
     
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