Newbie from Central Oklahoma

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by brezbyme, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. brezbyme

    brezbyme Chirping

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    Hello everyone! I got my first chickens 5 days ago, on Tuesday. I went to a hatchery and got 5 Barred Rocks, 5 Black Australorps and 5 Buff Orpingtons. On Friday, I got 5 Ameraucanas from a local lumber yard. Everyone seems healthy and happy. There is a lot of chirping going on but it seems to be social.
    I used an old baby crib to set them up. The heat lamp in on one end and they go back an forth from the cool end to the warm end. They are in my sunroom so morning sun shines in on the crib. I'm hoping this setup will be big enough for a few more weeks as we get the hen house set up. IMG_0645.jpg
     
  2. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    They are very cute! Welcome to BYC! I hope you enjoy the chicken madness as much as we all do!
     
  3. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

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    Hello, and welcome to the family!
    That's an awesome set up. You may want to make a screen of some sort for the top. Those lil buggers will be flying out in no time!;)
    And one question..is that pine or cedar bedding it's hard tell in the pic..:hmm
     
  4. brezbyme

    brezbyme Chirping

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    Pine bedding. I worked pretty diligently to know what to do, and what not to do. Read not to use cedar somewhere so I'm not. I put down paper towels the first few days but went to the shavings yesterday. It smells much better! I was getting really worried that I would have to start changing the towels every few hours!
     
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  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Welcome to Backyardchickens.com aka BYC! :frow
    :yesss:We are glad you joined our flock.
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.
    I'm noticing that none of the chicks are under your heat lamp, I even see some huddled as far away from it as possible.
    Double check the temp in there...it may be too hot.

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  6. brezbyme

    brezbyme Chirping

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    It has been fun watching them learning to roost on the stick. They will be on it and fall asleep, laying their head down onto the shavings. They look so funny!
     
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  7. brezbyme

    brezbyme Chirping

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    I did check about 30 minutes ago and raised the lamp up higher. I hadn't factored in the sun heating the other end up, too.
     
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  8. Fields Mountain Farm

    Fields Mountain Farm Beyond Poultry Dome

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    Fantastic! You've done your homework!
    Congratulations btw.. they are cuties!
     
  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Ok great!
    Keep and eye on the temp...too hot causes way more problems than too cold, IMO.
     
  10. brezbyme

    brezbyme Chirping

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    That's good to know! I had read so much about keeping them warm but not much about overheating.
     
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