New mama to 4 chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cornbanessa, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. Cornbanessa

    Cornbanessa In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2017
    Eugene, OR
    Hello y'all
    New to the site & first time chicken mama in Oregon! Lucky for me we have a great backyard farming shop near by. We ended up getting 4 different breeds, a Barred Rock & Wyandotte which are now 2 weeks old, and a Welsummer & Cuckoo Maran which are 8 days old. [​IMG]I have them all on an organic non medicated starter feed. I am a homemaker so I am able to give them lots of attention & my border colllie mix has taken quite a shine to them! Being a first time chicken mama I want to make sure I give them them best upbringing and have been reading thru this site almost daily! So here I am! [​IMG] My main questions now are what they need as they mature? Vaccines? Do you clip their nails? Or wings? Is that a thing? I have a coop and run built and ready for them. But until then I have them indoors in a Rubbermaid brooder under a heat lamp. [​IMG]

    So glad to have found this site!

  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  3. Colonel-Sanders

    Colonel-Sanders In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2017
    With my chickens I wouldn't say that I, "vaccinate," them, however I do give them anti worm solution that mixes with their water about once every three months. As far as nail or wing clipping I have yet to find a reason to do either of these things as they dull their nails by scratching at the ground searching for food, also when they attempt to fly, they don't get very far at all, in fact never more that a few feet off of the ground.

    When my chickens were young I fed them food specifically for chicks and as they grew up I gradually went up the chicken feed age scale to the top where they are now fed layer pellets in addition to a multitude of other foods such as corn scratch, dried mealworms, grit, and since I also happen to have a gecko that eats live mealworms, live mealworms. The only other thing besides food and water they need is a clean place to lay eggs, but beware if about 3 eggs are in the nest at once a chicken might decide to try to incubate them even though they aren't fertile.

    Hope this helps![​IMG]
  4. Cornbanessa

    Cornbanessa In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2017
    Eugene, OR
    Thank you I will check it out!

    Also I just called the shop I purchased them from and they were vaccinated for mareks at the hatchery. And I just was reading about the de worming. I'm sure I will also become a regular at my local backyard farm store [​IMG]

    Thanks so much for your replies!
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2017

  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
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  6. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member 8 Years

    Apr 11, 2010
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  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member 5 Years

    G’Day from down under Cornbanessa [​IMG] Welcome!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]

  8. Doodlemom

    Doodlemom Chirping

    Feb 5, 2017
    Brookfield, Ohio
    Welcome to the group! Here is my two little chicks I hatched out three weeks ago. The yellow one is a English Lemon Buff Orpington and the deal one was suppose to be a English Jubilee Orpington but instead is a Cochin I believe.[​IMG]
    They are hanging out on the couch with me watching TV. Lol
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  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and a belated [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! [​IMG]
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  10. superlukee

    superlukee In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2016
    I don't clip my chickens wings. If there's a predator in my yard I want my chickens to be able to escape.
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