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Hi Everyone,
I am new to the game and very much excited about receiving my first chick order!
1. Can anyone recommend a chicken coop that can house 6-8 big hens?
2. Can anyone recommend supplies I need to purchase before my babies arrive?

Thanks in advance!
 

DobieLover

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Hi Everyone,
I am new to the game and very much excited about receiving my first chick order!
1. Can anyone recommend a chicken coop that can house 6-8 big hens?
2. Can anyone recommend supplies I need to purchase before my babies arrive?

Thanks in advance!
I commented on your other thread about the coop.
I only brood chicks using a brooder plate and made a baby bottle out of a dollar store sports drink bottle and a vertical nipple and hung it from a chain so the height could be easily adjusted. This keeps the brooder dry and the water clean.
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Make a brooder as large and airy as possible. I brood outside in a built-in brooder in my coop. The last batch of chicks I raised saw temps in the low 20s during their second week and they were zipping all over the brooder and darting under the plate to warm up as needed.
I also like to feed their food as a wet mash out of a chick tray.
If you are receiving your chicks in the mail, put electrolytes in the mash and fresh water in the waterer. Leave the lights on day and night for 2 days so they will eat when they want any time then let a natural dusk occur on the third night to get them on a normal circadian rhythm.
 

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