Newbie here :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by melodym, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. melodym

    melodym Out Of The Brooder

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    We've been raising chickens since about March of this year. Boy has it been a chore, lol. We have a 3yr old who loves to help out and having chickens added onto our little gang is great.
    IE. we have a bunny(flossie), 2 turtles (speedy and slowpoke), a dog(bella), a cat (bubbles) and now total we have 11chickens

    I do have one concern though. we just acquired 6 bantam chickens (3 roosters, 2hens) and 3 more roosters! It has turned pretty cold here and I'm assuming since we just got these new ones Sat. that they are trying to get into pecking order (who's boss) so were having problems with the new ones being able to get into the coop at night to be near the light. Will this change? or what do we do? thanks
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I don't have any chicken experience so I can't help you but [​IMG]
     
  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC
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  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  5. melodym

    melodym Out Of The Brooder

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    since your not to far from NC do you use a heated lamp in chicken coop or not? I've heard a lot of different opinons and don't know what to believe. They're staying out all day and just seem to go in at night. thanks :)
    Ps. its just been around 30* here.
     
  6. The Howards

    The Howards Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] and welcome to the flock, from NC.
    Eventually everyone will get used to each other and settle down, it just takes time. As for my flock this winter I do not plan on using any artificial heat sources. I am in the Fayetteville area so it doesn't get terribly cold. I had read an article, on here I believe, that suggested unless you were in an area where it got real cold (around the great lakes/up north) not to use heat because your birds will get used to it and if the power suddenly goes out then the shock from temp. change can kill them quickly. Besides, once they are fully feathered out they are producing a lot of heat all by themselves and will usually huddle together. I plan on putting down extra straw on the coop floor. But, like I said that is my plan. I think it is preference. Good Luck...
     
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  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    No need for a light, and your birds will likely settle better if the coop is dark at night.
     
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  8. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, melodym, and [​IMG]! Just wanted to say howdy and wish you the best of luck with your flock!
     
  10. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    Hello & welcome to BYC from The Heartland of Kentucky!


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