Newbie just starting out

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Land of Lincoln, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Land of Lincoln

    Land of Lincoln New Egg

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    Hello to all of you from Central Illinois.

    I'm a new proud papa to 12 Buff Orphington chicks. I've never raised chickens before but I am tossed into the midst of it now. They are 2 weeks old today. I have them in a very big kennel that we used for our dog when he was a pup and using that for our brooder.

    They're so fun to watch, they've grown quite a bit in just the few days that I've had them. I've given up trying to keep the brooder clean, they scratch and toss the bedding around as soon as I put them back in. I've got their food & water in there along with a piece of wood serving as a perch, they took to the perch in no time.

    I'm feeding them organic chick feed and will only feed organic as long as it's economically feasible to do so. With that, I'd like to mix my own organic feed and have seen some recipes for organic feed on some of the other forums.

    I live on 3 acres here but the ordinance here says I have to keep them contained so I'm in the process of getting the coop put together with a nice covered run. There sure are some nice coops posted here, wow!! I have some vegetable gardens so I'm trying to figure out a small type of moveable containment system that I could use to put the chickens in to work their magic in the gardens. Maybe some type of tractor type device but my gardens are raised beds so I'll have to figure that out when the time comes.

    I'll feed them the kitchen scraps and things like that but will also feed them organic feed as I'm a firm believer in that entire movement. My question is, how much feed should each of these chicks be getting per day & when they're grown?

    I tossed a couple of small worms in there to them yesterday and that was a hoot watching them peck at them. Then they started to play keep away, one would gram the worm and run around and the others would chase it trying to get the worm. Funny to watch.

    Sorry this is such a long post for a newbie, guess I'm just a long winded old fart. Glad to be here and look forward to many happy and healthy chickens and learning from all of you here.
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! I have six chicks 2 weeks old, so I can only imagine what it's like with 12! Get your coop built fast! May I suggest making portable chicken tunnels to direct them to work on areas in the garden.....GOOD LUCK, HAVE FUN!
     
  3. Land of Lincoln

    Land of Lincoln New Egg

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    These are my chicks.
     
  4. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lots of chicks! Why not try putting the little perch up higher...now that they are older....I've got mine 14" high and they fly up there like sparrows...I put in a 2nd branch for them and they were all on it before I had it fastened. Very rowdy they are.....
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center 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 - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224


    All the best
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  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello from Kansas, Land of Lincoln, and :welcome! Pleased you joined our community! Good luck with those chicks and thanks for joining BYC! :woot
     
  7. Land of Lincoln

    Land of Lincoln New Egg

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    I can definitely put the perch up higher, I just put that one in yesterday. It's just an old piece of wood I had lying around and it works pretty good. I've noticed them jumping and flopping their wings so I'm sure going a bit higher would suit them just fine.
     
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Land of Lincoln [​IMG] Welcome!

    Love the weekend face! [​IMG]

    As you have already received links to some good starting points, I will just wish you 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 more 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]
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    A higher roost will just serve as a stepping stone out of the brooder. They like to try out their wings. It's a good time to put a cover over the brooder, so they can't jump/fall out.

    Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock, so glad you joined us. [​IMG]
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    PS love your avatar. Just for fun you should post the picture at "what breed or gender is this." and see what type of replies you get. [​IMG]
     

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