New to the Chicken Board

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

  1. Sledrock

    Sledrock In the Brooder

    Jul 15, 2010
    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 In the Brooder

    Jul 14, 2010
    Fairbanks, AK
    From a fellow "New Egg" . . . Welcome![​IMG]
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    [​IMG] from Texas! Glad you joined us and much good luck with your new flock!
  4. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
  5. Sledrock

    Sledrock In the Brooder

    Jul 15, 2010
    Thanks! [​IMG]

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