New with chicks... things I could now not live without

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JerseyHen, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. JerseyHen

    JerseyHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
    Sussex County, NJ
    I am brand new to chickens and we have 28 in the brooder right now. I thought I would share a list of the items I have discovered are invaluable to me now (my DH thinks I am totally nuts now). My list used to include cute shoes, funky watches, and nice business suits, it now looks something like this...

    1. DUCT TAPE (my new best friend, used for everything from securing that red lamp to creating a box, to taping hardware wire edges, etc)
    2. Hardware wire
    3. The biggest brooder I could fit and afford to build (and I was going to use a rubbermaid tub, instead I have a 15 sq ft and a bad case of chicken math [​IMG])
    4. Zip Ties
    5. Paper towels
    6. Hemp cord
    7. A thermometer that is accurate, easy to read, and can be hung so it doesn't get pooped on [​IMG]
    8. Triple Antibiotic just in case [​IMG]
    9. Lots of old ratty towels

    Anyone care to add?
  2. RoeDylanda

    RoeDylanda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2010
    Central CT
    Hand sanitizer. [​IMG] Dedicated dustpan & brush. [​IMG] I'm not a germaphobe, but they *are* in my living room!
  3. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    Dust mask to wear when cleaning out the brooder and later, the coop.
  4. Chickmate

    Chickmate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    SE Michigan
    I know you already said them, but zip ties! I LOVE zip ties!! [​IMG] With zip ties and duct tape you can fix anything!! I WISH I had a 15 sq. ft. brooder!
  5. countryangel3182

    countryangel3182 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2010
    Berlin, NY
    I am with everyone on the Zip ties. They fix anything.[​IMG]
  6. white01

    white01 Brady Brook Poultry

    May 11, 2010
    West Enfield,Maine
    [​IMG] from Maine and I LOVE CHICKEN MATH hehe
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2011
  7. Razadia

    Razadia The Odd One

    Apr 7, 2011
    Montgomery, Alabama
    Lots and lots of light bulbs! I learned my lesson about keeping them around. [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by