Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wmcginnis34, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. wmcginnis34

    wmcginnis34 Hatching

    Apr 19, 2018
    Hey everyone! This will be my first time raising chickens and I was curious as to what you recommend I get for my chicks before I order them! I'm researching all I can to prepare but any advice would be appreciated!

    We live in the Bellevue, NE and just applied for our hen permit where we're allowed 7 hens in our backyard!
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  2. LaurEliz

    LaurEliz Songster

    Apr 8, 2018
    Central Illinois
    My Coop

    What I typically get for new babies is food/water containers, chick starter feed, electrolytes to mix into their water, some sort of bedding (wood shavings work well for me), and a heat bulb. I'd get a thermometer specifically for monitoring the temp. for the chicks too. You're going to need some sort of brooder. I personally use an old rabbit cage that I line the bottom and sides of with cardboard. I stick old newspapers on the bottom too, so when I clean up, I can just roll up all the mess and throw it away, and then add new newspapers and wood shavings.

    I am not sure what stores you have in your area, but I find all of the things I need at a local Rural King.

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