NEW CHICKEN OWNERS!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TheDoyles, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. TheDoyles

    TheDoyles Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all!! My husband and I live in a small city and are new chicken owners! We purchased a flock of 7 in the spring for Easter for our 3 children and nieces and nephews! They are 4/5 months old now and are starting to lay already! We have built a decent size coop that will house more chickens if we decide to get more in the future! Any helpful tips and/or hints would be greatly appreciated! Winter is coming and we live in Michigan so we can have some pretty harsh winters and we are deciding how we should winterize the coop.
     
  2. TwoCrows

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

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community!

    Here is a nice thread on getting ready for winter. Feel free to ask more questions if you don't find what you need here...https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/822765/winter-is-coming-checklists-tips-advice-for-a-newbie

    You also might stop by your state thread and chat with your chicken neighbors to see how they survive your brutally cold winters...https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/697050/michigan-thread-all-are-welcome

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on! Chickens are so much fun to keep and it only gets better.

    Welcome to our flock!
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]

    TwoCrows gave you some excellent links and information.

    Good luck with your flock!
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    You've received some excellent advice already.
     
  5. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    welcome to our fllock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sounds like you are enjoying your flock!!

    Insulation, using straw as bedding, making sure there is ventilation, rubbing the chickens' combs and wattles with vaseline, buying a heated waterer and keeping the bedding dry are all good things to do in winter. By doing these things, your flock will do fine in the winter.

    Here's a few more great links to check out.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/frostbite
    http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2012/10/cold-weather-prep-winterizing-your-flock.html
    http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/save-easy-winter-coop-heat-and-insulation/?blogger=lsteele
    http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2012/01/to-heat-or-not-to-heat.html

    Good luck![​IMG]
     
  7. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank's Mountain Peeps,this will help me too[​IMG]
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. TheDoyles

    TheDoyles Out Of The Brooder

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    We are currently using pine shavings in the coop and in the nesting boxes, will this be sufficient enough for winter or should we consider straw???
     
  10. TwoCrows

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

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    Pine shavings are better than straw because shavings can absorb moisture and straw can mat up. Moist air will make them cold. Good ventilation in your coop, have them roost low to the floor, lots of vents in your eaves and clean dry bedding will keep them toasty all throughout the winter. I like to tack an old towel to the roost bar to keep the feet warm. Warm feet mean warmer birds. :)
     

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