New to the game!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ronnie6381, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. ronnie6381

    ronnie6381 New Egg

    Mar 12, 2017
    Hi all! We brought home 8 chicks yesterday! I'm new to the chicken game so any tips are welcome!
    As of right now they are in a dog crate with feeder, water and heat lamp in our garage.
    How long do I have to get a coop built?
    Also how critical is it to maintain a hot temp for them 90 F. It gets in the 40s at night but the heat lamp does stay on! Will they be good for now?
    Thanks for any advice!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us and congratulations on getting your chicks.

    I'd say you have 4-5 weeks to get a coop built - time to get your finger out, I'd say [​IMG]

    Temperatures should be gradually reduced as the chicks get older. These links should give you some useful information:

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, ronnie6381, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! Looks like CTKen gave you some great links to explore so I'll just say good luck with the coop construction, enjoy your chicks, and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Best get going on the coop, those little chicks grow fast!
  6. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to the forum! I am fixing to celebrate my first year on here, and I have loved it so much, I hope you will too! There is tons of great info and friendly folks, so pull up a chair and make yourself at home! :frow

  7. LauraBrown

    LauraBrown Overrun With Chickens

    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! :)
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under ronnie6381 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some good advice and links to some great starting points, I will just wish you and the little ones all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

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