New member from Northern WI!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LSBCHX, May 31, 2012.

  1. LSBCHX

    LSBCHX Hatching

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    Hello anybody reading this!

    I am new to the chicken world and so far all my knowledge has come from "Stoney's Guide to Raising Chickens" and Google. Hoping to make some knowledgeable friends on backyardchickens! I currently have 4 Ameraucanas who are 2 weeks old who are living in my extra bedroom in a brooder and will be staying in there until they get their feathers (frost advisory for us tonight up here!). I ordered them from my local Agricultural Center who said they are all pullets I am interested in meeting anyone who knows about northern WI winters, predators, and has any helpful tips.

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    - My chicks at one week old


    So far my project is getting the outdoor coop ready. This is what I have so far:
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    I still need a roof (lots of raptors here) and would appreciate some tips :) I am going to bury that chicken wire to keep out the foxes living under my neighbors house. I have a 11lb feeder and 3 gallon heated waterer that are not shown. I am interested in hearing about deep litter or what people use for their coop floors

    Now I just want to show off my favorite :)
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    Anyways, I appreciate any comments or tips that you experienced peeps have! Thanks!
     
  2. [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. Congrats and enjoy. :thumbsup
     
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  6. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Hello and :welcome

    Glad to have you on board! Your coop looks good so far. Heaps of folks use hardware cloth, maybe even a double layer, to predator-proof roofs and walls. :p
    If you want to meet other people in your state, check out the Where am I, where are you section.

    I like your last pic! That's cute. :lol:

    Don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have, and enjoy the site. :D
     
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  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! Gorgeous chicks, nice photos [​IMG]
     
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

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

    At 2 weeks of age, your chicks still need about 85 degree temp, dropping about 5 degrees per week, until they are fully feathered at 6 weeks of age. If your spring has been cool like ours, especially when it drops at night, your chicks are likely to need supplemental heat for another several weeks,

    I agree with the advice to wrap at least the bottom of your run with hardware cloth, and cover it over with poultry netting (the heavy-duty kind) or chicken wire to prevent predation.

    Good luck!
     
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  9. LSBCHX

    LSBCHX Hatching

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    Thanks all for your hellos, congrats, and advice! I will definitely use your expertise if needed. Much love!

    1muttsfan - I went to NMU, love the UP, wish they had more jobs :) Thanks for the advice!
     
  10. LoveNewChicks

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