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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kasa, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. kasa

    kasa In the Brooder

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    Hi ya'll Karen and Ronnie here from southeast tennessee...we have enjoyed your site...it has been very informative!!! We have been married 2 weeks, and are in the 50ish age range. My husband has raised chickens before but I haven't been around chickens at all. We decided we wanted a backyard flock so we build a brooder out of an old top cabinet and as of this morning we are the proud owners of 12 little doodlers!! we also have made arrangements to obtain around 7 two month old chicks. We are most interested in eggs but are considering raising chickens for meat as well in the future. Of course I have fallen in love with Silkies and are planning of having a couple of those as well. We are converting an old dog lot and putting in the coop in the next couple of weeks.

    I have taken all the posts to heart as far as temperature control for the brooder, but after getting mine in there are holding their mouths open at 82 degrees and above and stay out from under the light. I have adjusted the light and most have gravitated back to the light holding the temperature at the bottom of the brooder at 80 degrees. I feel like this is a little to cool but that is what they are acting like they like. ANY info would be appreciated. I do not want to loose chicks from heat stress or from being too cool.
     

  2. andiphant

    andiphant In the Brooder

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    Congrats on your new family! Best wishes :)
     
  3. [​IMG] [​IMG] from Washington State glad you joined us!
    As long as you give the chicks the options to be near the heat source and also move away from the heat source they will be just fine. They know what temperature is best for them.
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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

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    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

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  7. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Songster

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    Hello and welcome from Southwest Ohio
     
  8. kasa

    kasa In the Brooder

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    Wow!! thanks for the warm welcome guys! My babies are doing fine...have got the temp where some are under the light some are not and i just let them decide lol....gave them a treat of hard boiled egg mashed in the processor...they were so funny!!! I am already having a blast with them...thanks again for the warm welcome!!
     
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So happy you joined. Good luck. :thumbsup
     

  10. MSDeb

    MSDeb Songster

    Welcome to BackYardChickens.
     

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