New to chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Deleon98, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chirping

    Dec 26, 2015
    Im going to buy two chicks tomorrow. A coop was bought today from walmart (do you think its good enough for just two?). I would appreciate any tips and important ininformation. Ik i have to buy a heating lamp for them and im actually kind of worried cause i dont know a lot about them and i dont want to do something wrong. I just finished researching chicken illnesses [​IMG]
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Welcome to our community - glad that you have joined us and good luck with your new chickens.

  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Welcome! You're going to find chickens are an absorbing hobby, and if you aren't careful, you'll end up with a couple of very fine pets.

    Before you waste money on a heating lamp, read this thread: Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder. It's on this forum.

    If your coop has ten square feet, it will be large enough for two hens, maybe three. You will need an additional thirty square feet in a run outdoors for the chicks as they grow. They will need outdoor time after a few weeks to flex their wings and little legs.

    Reading up on all the chicken diseases can scare the wits out of a new chicken keeper. With proper care, most chickens will stay healthy and you won't need to worry about disease. But learning the behavior of your chicks and what's normal will alert you should one take sick. Their behavior will suddenly change. So will their poop. Learn to "read poop" and you will be able to see many early warning signs of illness in time to treat it.

    It would be helpful if you would fill out your profile, by clicking on "My Profile" in the upper right corner of the page, and we can better advise if we know what region you live in.
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  5. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chirping

    Dec 26, 2015
    Ok thank you i already bought a heating lamp but i feel confident today. I didnt get to buy them yet cause rural king ran out [​IMG]but i did buy starter feed and watering container. Hopefully i get them soon though. rhabks for the feedback! Ive decided on names already tootoo: Pepe and Pepper [​IMG]

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