New to chicken parenting.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Vickis Girls, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Vickis Girls

    Vickis Girls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm about to order day-old chicks. What supplies will I need? I have finished the hen house, but that's all. Also, should I order the vaccinated chicks? Any points in the right direction is much appreciated!
     
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Vickis Girls, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Well, for starters they need heat, water, and food. As a new chicken owner I would advise you investigate this forum:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    You will learn all the things you need to know. Some folks order vaccinated chicks - others don't. Some feed medicated chick starter, some un-medicated.

    Whatever you decide, I wish you the best and have a Happy New Year!
     
  3. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.

    A few things you need are a feeder, a waterer, feed, a heat lamb, pine shavings, and if its a big waterer put marbles in the waterer so they dont drown. Its up to you if you want them vaccinated. If you read some of the article in the Raising Chicks section of byc, you will learn a lot. Good Luck.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    What redsoxs said! Welcome to BYC.
     
  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
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    Glad you joined us!!!
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] x 3
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. Good luck :thumbsup
     
  8. kacklinkelly

    kacklinkelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats and enjoy the process.
    I did a lot of research and talking with others prior to getting
    our girls. I wanted eggs and also good natured chicks since I was
    doing this to create fun memories with our grandson.

    Well, he's 6 and the newness has worn off. My daughter told
    me it would. I invited him to come play with them today but he
    wanted to play with his new wii game instead :)

    I think once the eggs come in different colors than the
    grocery store, he may show a little more interest. Regardless,
    I am having a BLAST! I never imagined enjoying chickens this
    much.

    I lost one little one just a few days after getting our girls.
    The feed store told me they got a bad batch and gave me another
    one from a different batch. All are growing and appear to be happy.
    Our family is laughing a lot more too. My experience is that they
    have been the simplest pet we have owned. (well, maybe the fish
    were simpler but not as fun [​IMG]. Enjoy your searching. This
    forum has been soooo informative :>
     
  9. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
     
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Enjoy your chicken adventure!
     

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