new chickens, got any tips?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChickLover<3, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. ChickLover<3

    ChickLover<3 New Egg

    Jan 6, 2011
    hi my papa and i have got new chickens any tips??
  2. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    what kind?
  3. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    You have come to the right place! I just started with chickens this summer. I owe my success to the people of BYC.

    If you want to see how it went for me starting up, check out the links on my BYC page which point to my blog.

    Here is a quick hitlist of tips:
    * Keep them dry
    * Do not allow drafts where they roost
    * Allow coop ventilation so they do not breathe poo-steam
    * Give quality food, minimal treats
    * Use strong fence or hardware cloth to keep predators away
    * Consider a bird net or fully enclose the run
    * Dogs are predators too
    * Keep food in metal can to avoid feeding rodents, who lay no eggs
    * Make sure the chickens have food, grit, oyster shell, and water at all times
    * Make the coop and run much bigger than "necessary"
    * Collect eggs frequently

    There is lots more....
  4. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from North Carolina
  5. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    build a bigger will want more...
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. [​IMG]
  7. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    [​IMG] from Ohio

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