New to the Chicken Board

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sledrock, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Sledrock

    Sledrock Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello fellow chicken fanciers!

    I'm getting back into chickens and found this wonderful site....

    I'm getting 25 RIR day-old chicks (all hens) in 2 or 3 weeks and can't wait to get started.

    I made a brooder a few years ago and will be digging it out and cleaning it up and getting it ready for the babies.

    I used it before and it worked great. It's 3 feet wide x 8 feet long and about 20 inches high. I made the frame out of 2x2s and old scrap paneling for the sides and an old screen door for the top. It has a wire base built about 3 inches up from the bottom. I have a slot cut down the side at the very bottom and have paneling boards slid in there that I can slide out to remove the poop. I also put some old lawnmover wheels on one end and a strap on the other - so I can roll it out of the garage (where I raise the chicks) on nice days to give them some fresh air and sun.

    I put a divider up about midway in the interior so the baby chicks only have about a 3' x 4' area to roam. As they get bigger, I slide the divider towards the other end to gradually give them more room. After they get about the size of banties, I move them to their chicken house.

    Anyway, thanks for a great board, and I hope to be talking to you all soon and sharing ideas and info on our chickens [​IMG] - Dennis

    P.S. You all have probably already discussed this - but if you haven't - here's a tip an old pig farmer told me years ago, and which I've used for all my previous flocks:

    I keep a small radio in the chicken house and leave it on 24x7, usually tuned to country music [​IMG] It really seems to calm the chickens and I believe it may also help keep predators away.
     
  2. ChickensOnBoard

    ChickensOnBoard Out Of The Brooder

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    From a fellow "New Egg" . . . Welcome![​IMG]
     
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    [​IMG] from Texas! Glad you joined us and much good luck with your new flock!
     
  4. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Sledrock

    Sledrock Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! [​IMG]
     

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