New member and almost new to chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sophiap, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. sophiap

    sophiap Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi ti all at BYC.
    I have not had chickens for over 30 years and I have been wanting to get into it but I had to wait for the timing to be right. Long story short, two weeks ago we were visiting an organic farm in the east fork of Long Island and they had baby chicks. I think they were a couple of weeks old because the already had some of their wing and neck feathers.

    I asked if they were sexed and I was told that they were. When later I emailed the farm owner she said that I probably have Cochins, Araucana, and maybe barred red. She also said that the white/Cochins were from a straight run and she offered to replace them in the event they ended up being roosters. I hope that we do not have to because I love all of them and it I'd real fun to hung out with them in our family room! I will post pictures below and you have any ideas please send them on!

    Living in the NE imam concerned about the chicks getting cold when its time for them to go outside. My husband is putting final touches on an insulated coop with a red heat lamp and a heated waterer. Any suggestions on what age and what is the best way for me to introduce my little ones outdoors?

    I am happy to have chickens back in my life and add them to our pet family of 3 dogs, 2 hedges, 1 tortoise, and a cockatiel!
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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Generally when they are fully feathered out, they can be put in the coop
     
  3. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello from Oregon & welcome to BYC. Congrats on the coop & the new chicks. 6 wks or fully feathered like Drumstick mentioned is a good time to introduce them to the outdoors :) Best of luck.
     
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  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Those chicks look old enough to move outside now :)
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Once your chicks are 6 weeks of age, they no longer need a heat source. Overheating and too tightly sealed housing increase the risk of health issues. A well-ventilated, draft-free coop is all that is needed for your birds to stay healthy. I leave one window at least cracked open all winter, and the weather is bitterly cold here at times.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]Happy you joined!
     
  7. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy.
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  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  10. Teri Metcalf

    Teri Metcalf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greetiings from Texas! Your babies are beautiful!
     

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