New to the chicken lifestyle.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jdp8402, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. jdp8402

    jdp8402 New Egg

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    How's it going everyone. I've been a reader of the forum for a couple of years now. I finally decided to take the plunge and get some baby chicks. They're so hard to walk by at the farm supply stores. I bought six Rhode Island Reds. I'm going to have lots of questions. First one is does anyone else have problems with the chicks pulling all of their food out of the feeder and dumping it on the ground? Feed will get pretty expensive if they keep doing that. I'm looking forward to talking with everyone on here.

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  2. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! Chicks just do that as a habit. Couple ways to prevent this is to raise the feeder so only their heads can get into it. Another thing is have feeders that have holes just for the heads and not a tray. I just use a tray and then they jump in and eat.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Jeff and welcome to BYC. Congrats on your new chicks! @Birdrain92 has already given you some good advice re: feeders.

    The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Joining your state thread will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area, which can be helpful (just type the name of your state in the search box).

    All the best
    CT
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet you Jeff. I think the feeders where they just stick their heads in probably doesn't waste as much food. It also keeps them from pooing in their feeder.
     
  5. hennypenney

    hennypenney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! When I first got chickens that bothered me a lot also. Now I just know they do that. Some more than others. I'm wondering if that's why some people use the pellets when chickens are older.
     
  6. uncertainty

    uncertainty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome and glad you are here, we can learn together. A fellow newb from the Great White North.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. jdp8402

    jdp8402 New Egg

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    Thanks everyone. I started a thread in the coops and runs forum but I'm not getting any responses there so I'll try here. I'm thinking about building a chicken tractor and was wondering what people use for the framing? Also should I insulate? It gets pretty cold in the winter here. I live on a farm where I built a new house and in the process a lot of the trees had to come out so I don't have much protection from the wind right now. New trees are planted but it's going to be a while. Has anyone had any problems with their tractors blowing over? If so whats a good way to prevent it?

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
  9. jdp8402

    jdp8402 New Egg

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    By use for the framing I was meaning what size lumber. 2x2, 2x4, should the base that sits on the ground be something heavier like 4x4?
     
  10. Gatewayto

    Gatewayto Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Jeff,
    Have you check out some of the tractors on here? https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-tractors-mobile-chicken-coop-designs

    Since you have space on a farm, wouldn't be better to free range instead of a tractor?

    As far as Installation, chicken will eat the installation so it isn't a good idea. Maybe only install the ceiling.

    I remember watching this video, this person has 7 chicken in the snow.. and the chickens does fine as long as they were fully feather.


    I just started having chicken as well, with 2
     

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