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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by magpiesing, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Hi magpiesing here

    Have been to this site several times...great info, so decided to join. I was given 12 hens, I think they are rhode islands. Plus a rooster and 4 show hens. And 8 peepers (chicks). I live in southeast Texas. The birds will free range on my 4 acres.
    As it has started to get cold my chicks have shown signs of congestion. Been using cider vinegar (with the muther)
    as well as chick starter food. Unfortunately I have lost two chicks. The chicks are about 4-6 weeks old as they hatched at different times. The chicks are being brooded by two hens. The chicken house (10x16) is closed at night, they have roosts and boxes off the ground and a thick layer of chips on the ground and I have heat lights on so it stays warmer. Is that enough heat for the chicks? Anything else I should do for them? My hens are still laying about 8-9 eggs a day. I.m a sponge for chicken knowledge so will appreciate any input. Even my husband is having fun with them. We like to sit in the afternoon and have coffee while we watch our flock.

  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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