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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sheila eidson, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. Sheila eidson

    Sheila eidson New Egg

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    Hi...my husband recently brought home 6 chicks as a surprise for me...I have always wanted to raise chickens however I know very little about raising chicks. I had planned to educate myself on the raising of chicks before we actually got any. Mu husband jumped in and now I have baby chicks to care for...precious ones. So I am looking for any info that will help me be a successful "mother hen". I thank you for all the help.
     
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

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    from Washington state glad you joined all of us!
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  4. lularat

    lularat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome and congratulations on your new chicks! I also started with 6 chicks last April and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Go to the learning center and you will find a lot of great information on caring for chicks. You will find info about how to set up your brooder, feeding, and general care of chicks.
     
  5. Sheila eidson

    Sheila eidson New Egg

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    Thank you.
     
  6. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and welcome to BYC!
    You need a container to keep them all in, and it needs to be in a draft free area.
    You also need a heat lamp, and make sure it has a porcelain socket as a plastic one will melt.
    You need a chicken drinking fountain (available in 1 quart- 5 gal) and a feeder, I recommend putting marbles in the water as chicks will fall asleep ANYWHERE, and often drown in their water fountain, the marbles will prevent the chicks head from being completely submerged in the water if it falls asleep.
     
  7. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Sheila eidson

    Sheila eidson New Egg

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    Thanks for your advice...
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    What a surprise! Tell him you will look after the chickens if he takes care of the housework.
     
  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG]and welcome to BYC!

    Definitely follow the links that Kelsie has provided. Those are great places to get lots of good information on raising your new babies.

    Enjoy your new adventure!
     

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