Newbie seeking answers from Leakesville, Mississippi

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tobs96, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. tobs96

    tobs96 New Egg

    Apr 10, 2016
    Hello! I will be a new owner of goslings and chicks May 2016!
    Yayyyyy!! I have ordered 2 American Buff goslings and a dozen assorted sturdy chicks from Mcmurry Hatchery.
    No pics yet! I will be sure to update after their arrival!
    I have some questions that I have either Googled and found nothing or Googled and the answers wereally vague and not breed specific.
    Please be patient and please address me if I am wrong because again, I AM NEW AND INEXPERIENCED.
    American Buffs- When can I introduce them to grass, outside foods, things other than non-medicated feed?
    -is too much protein too early dangerous? Is there just an obesity risk or serious conditions that can result in too much of something?
    Is there an easy way to sex them?
    How deep can their water be once they have been introduced to water and are comfortable in it?

    Chicks and Geese Que.
    I am working on their coop right now and my geese were random.. as in I ordered chickens months ago and geese.. days ago.
    -Can geese and Chickens be raised together as babies?
    They arrive about 1 week apart from eachother.. Is there a particular way to introduce them to eachother?
    -other than the geese plucking the chickens what are some other things I should watch out for?
    I am still working on the coop and would like tips on how to make it comfortable for both chicks and geese.. but safe for both as well. My chick house is 10x10 and my run is predicted to be 10x20'x8'height but has room to be bigger... and I plan to have a pool or water source for my geese..
    Any help and advice will be appreciated or pics of your coops!

    Oh! Chick breeds are
    Hen/Rooster-Buff Brahma
    Hen/Rooster-Salmon Faverella
    Hen-Barred Rock; buff Orpington; Delaware Wyandotte; and Red Star (sex link? Or Comet I believe)

    Thanks in Advance!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and [​IMG] - glad to have you join us.

    Providing the weather is not cold, you can introduce the chicks to the outdoors as soon as you like, providing that its only for 5-10 mins to begin with AND under your constant supervision. Any signs that they are huddling together means that they are cold and must be returned to the warmth of the brooder. Chick starter is all that is required for their food intake. Sexing tends be easier after they are 6 weeks old - you can post pics on the "What breed or gender is this?" forum.

    RE: chicks and goslings - I have no idea, so I'd suggest posting on the geese thread and asking about them, or search "chicks and goslings together" or something like that. I would not imagine that its a good idea due to size differences - but read about it.

    The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced poultry keepers - loads of info on anything poultry.

    These links may help you for the moment.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - just type the name of your state in the search box.

    All the best
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! CT has left you some great advice and links to check out so will just say welcome!

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. tobs96

    tobs96 New Egg

    Apr 10, 2016
    Thank you all! That is some excellent info thank you a ton!! I will definitely read up on these links and add my state to myou subscriptions,I'm off working at the time so I apologize for my delayed and short reply! :)

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