New Guy with New Chicks!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Unit505, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Unit505

    Unit505 In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2011
    Keithville, La
    Hello everyone. I've been learning allot from this forum and a few others. I've been studying chickens for a couple years and after selling all of my goats and donkey, I decided to build a new coop and take the dive. Love it so far! This site has been very beneficial and I'm sure I'll have lots of questions. I purchased 33 week old pullets from the farm supply store and kept them in my storage barn for the first week under heat lamps. They've started flying out of the kiddie pool and I had to take them to the coop yesterday. They love it. Heat lamps in place and they sleep right under them at night and play all day. I've lost one chick the day after I bought them and the rest have been perfect. 18 Rhode Island Reds and 14 White Leg Horns. Hopefully we'll have a great egg production.

    Anyway - we've built a 10x20 coop and we are getting set up for a large, fully caged run. Around 14ft x 30ft. We've got 7 hounds, so the coop and run will have to suffice for these girls. I've got eight milk crates mounted and will have them lined and filled in the next couple of weeks and just got a few more milk crates. We're shooting for 12 nest boxes for the 32 chickens. I've built the roosts and caught about a dozen chicks sitting on the roost today. Two weeks old and they are flying up onto the 18" roost. We're using the deep litter method and I keep a section clear of the pine shavings so they can play in the dirt, and they do! So far so good.

    Thanks for a great site with great people and I look forward to spending allot of time on here.

  2. Welcome to BYC Unit505! You started off pretty big with all those chickens, lol. It's great to hear you did lots of research and It sounds like you are having fun [​IMG]
  3. ralleia

    ralleia Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    Sounds like you have everything well in hand!

    Great job and welcome to the site! [​IMG]

    Chickens are very rewarding. [​IMG]
  4. Doopy

    Doopy Songster

    Dec 16, 2009
    Indiana, USA
    Welcome Unit 505. Pictures, pictures, we need pictures [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

  5. jennh

    jennh Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from SE Pa. I didn't catch where you're from?

  6. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Crowing

    Apr 11, 2009
    Newaygo Michigan
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  7. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    [​IMG] from Connecticut!! You'll be up to your eyeballs in eggs before you know it! Congratulations!!

  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    [​IMG] from California!

    You did your research well - those are great layers.

    Aren't chicks the most interesting thing to watch? I love how they have genetic knowledge of things like scratching in the bedding (as if they are outside doing the same), dust-bathing in it, running every which way, flapping and hopping to try to get airborne! Or the Keep Away games when one finds a prize (often just a darker pine shaving) and tries to keep it away from others.

    And the Dead Chick appearance when they sleep, plus how they can fall asleep JUST LIKE THAT.

    Welcome to keeping chickens!
  9. spotstealer

    spotstealer Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Poynette, WI
    Welcome from another newby!

  10. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Welcome from western Kentucky! Glad you could join us! [​IMG] Keep us posted on your chicks' progress!

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