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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chelsea123, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. chelsea123

    chelsea123 New Egg

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    Good morning everyone!

    I'm writing to you from Brantford, Ontario. I'm new to chicken raising, so all advice is welcome. I'm excited about raising chickens in my backyard this spring. At the moment it's -14 and we got 5cm of snow overnight. I won't have to worry about this winter as I won't get my girls till April/May. I plan on getting 2 Rhode Island reds and 2 Plymouths. Any advice on these breeds would be greatly received. I already have a breeder box for when the little girls come home, it measures 2ft x3ft x2ft ht. I want to insulate the outside...any suggestions? I will be getting a heating lamp...based on the height of the box how high would the lamp have to be in order to keep them warm...also what how many watts would be good, considering there will only be 4 girls. Phew...lots of questions. Lastly, the wood box will be keep in the garage until it is warmer and their coop is finished. I look forward to as much information as can be sent....hope you all have a wonderful day!
     
  2. chicken-herder

    chicken-herder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome and happy trails on the site!
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sounds like you're on the right track - be sure to have a secure wire or mostly wire cover, so nothing gets in to "play" with the chicks and so they don't fly out. They do need the ventilation.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Good luck in your new poultry adventures and enjoy BYC!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  7. chelsea123

    chelsea123 New Egg

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  8. LuvinBlueBirds

    LuvinBlueBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the learning library.

    One of the important things that I learned (the hard way, hubby was furious) about having the brooder in the garage is all of the DUST. It was literally 1/4 inch think all over the 2 car garage!

    I have had Rhode Islands and they are fun. Right now I am hoping to get some Heritage Rose Comb Rhode Islands. They do better where it is cold. The smaller comb and wattles don't get frost bitten easily.

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  9. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

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