Newbie here getting my day olds in a week!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JudithsChickens, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. JudithsChickens

    JudithsChickens In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2019
    Hi all,

    I am super new to this, but have been considering getting chickens for some time now. Now that I own a home in an area that allows chickens, I'm excited to start! I'm in Colorado, which can get both super hot and cold, and I'm starting this at a weird time of year, but I hope it all works out well.

    Right now, I don't have any chickens, but I have eight chicks arriving hopefully next week that I purchased online. My area only allows for 6 hens max and seems to have generous requirements for the chickens given what I've read so far. I ultimately plan on rehoming the extras of the eight that survive the first six or so weeks. I expect the chickens to be a mix of easter egger, buff orpington, austra white, rhode island red, australorp, barred plymouth rock, and silved laced Wyandotte. A prefab coop is arriving in a week or two, and I plan on using it for a base to modify into the final coop.

    I have two dogs and live in a suburban area with neighbors with dogs, so it will be interesting to see what final setup works best for the chickens. The entire yard is surrounded by a 6 foot fence, so in theory I think I could just let them roam freely after they've acclimated to their new coop and mini run, assuming no predators make this impossible. The coop I got is on wheels and designed to be moved around and has like a little mini run right under it, so I plan on making a much larger frame to act as their real run. I also plan on adding a second story to the coop once it gets here and improving the roosts etc. Hopefully my shop skills will pay off!

    I'm joining the community to get advice and guidance from people who have been doing this a lot longer than me. I want my chickens to be as happy and healthy as I can let them be, and that's going to require some learning. I have two questions now that I'll also post in forums:

    (1) Would chickens be bothered by the walls of the coop being see-through? I've seen some coops based on translucent plastics, and it seems like it would be useful to be able to count your chickens in their coop and monitor them. But I don't know if it would stress them out or something. Anyone done this before?

    (2) I've been testing out the heat lamps I got for for brooding in my heated basement, and everything seems to say I need to have 95 deg Fahrenheit for the first week. Does that mean if I leave a thermometer under the heat lamp about where the chicks would be, that the thermometer needs to reach 95 after sitting for a while and go no further? I've generally assumed that giving them enough space to go away from it or toward it to suit their needs would be enough, but do I have to worry about them falling asleep right below it and like frying themselves?

    Looking forward to chickens and your advice!!
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  2. Nats Chickens

    Nats Chickens Crowing

    Jun 20, 2018
    NSW, Australia
    My Coop
    brooder plate.jpg
    a heater plate is safer and more natural for your chicks. Good luck on the new flock!
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  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

    Mar 21, 2016
    Maricopa, AZ. (near Phoenix)
    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined us! Good luck with your new flock. I'm over here in Arizona, so my need's for a coop and attached run were different than you are wanting. I do not free-range mine.
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  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC.
    :yesss: We are glad you joined this flock!
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.
    You could start them off at 90F.
    Don't over heat them.
    This video will help you learn how to navigate this site:

    Coop Ideas:
    Chicken Coops

    BYC has an APP!
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  5. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    See through won't bother them as long as it is predator proof.
    Good luck with your new chicks!
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  6. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    Welcome to our FUNomenal community! Best wishes and have lots of fun!
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens :yesss:
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  8. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

    Dec 12, 2013

    It's nice to have you here, congrats on the upcoming chicks!
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  9. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Crossing the Road

    Feb 5, 2018
    Northwest Oregon
    My Coop
    awesome.gif Glad you joined BYC!

    I know the "traditional" way to brood chicks is using a heat lamp, but there are far better alternatives out there without having to worry how often to raise it, or if you'll fry your chicks or burn your house down...
    Kick The Heat Lamp: Better, Safer And Healthier Options To Heat Your Brooder

    I personally used a homemade heating pad cave for my 2nd batch of chicks, which is really similar to having a mama hen...
    Mama Heating Pad
    Pseudo Brooder Heater ‘Plate’

    I also started with a prefab coop too... maybe you'll have better luck modifying it! I ended up just building an entirely new one to fit my needs.
    flappyChicken.gif Best wishes in your new chicken adventure!
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  10. JudithsChickens

    JudithsChickens In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2019
    Oh awesome I actually read that article yesterday about the heating pad cave. I was going to try that too, but the same idea applies. How do I know if its hot enough? A thermometer left in the blanket cave should just reach 95 degrees after sitting for a while?
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