Not really about raising chicks, but more so about getting them.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CcJ, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. CcJ

    CcJ Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 11, 2009
    Upstate, NY
    Hi I am a newer member and I dont have chicks yet...but I am trying to convince my parents to let me get some silkie chicks. Can you give me some reason I can throw at them to persuade them into letting me get some and raise them. Thanks in advance.

  2. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    They are EXTREMLY freindly. I have never heard of an agressive silkie! has silkies if u want to look into that.
  3. espressola

    espressola Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2009
    River Pines, CA
    As a parent, I would like to see a well-researched plan including plans for how to brood the chicks, build a coop in ADVANCE of buying any chicks, figure out how fencing would be done with the predators native to my area... and a budget for how this would be paid for. Chickens require a certain amount of effort and the startup costs can be quite expensive. I'd also like to see an awareness of the care involved (feed and cleaning the coop) and an acceptance of that responsibility. If I felt good about these things I'd allow my child to get her own chicks/pets but I am an animal lover, so more of an enabler, LOL! How old are you?
    Patty N.
  4. CcJ

    CcJ Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 11, 2009
    Upstate, NY
    Quote:Thanks espessola thats a huge help. My family consists of all animal lovers. We have three dogs and all, but my dad doesnt like the chicken idea and my mom had chcickens as a kid. She doesnt want them because she said they smelled terrible. Do yo have any ideas to how I can get by the smell? Any ventalation ideas? I have a coop idea in mind. All I can say is God Bless BYC...what would we do without it? Oh, and I am young enough that I still live with my parents and they have the final say.

    Last edited: Apr 12, 2009
  5. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    I have the plans for the City Biddy coop which is a relatively small coop. I can tell you from my shopping yesterday and the day before for supplies that they can be expensive even for a small one. So far, my expenses are running around $350. That is for a 3'x3'x4' coop and an 8'x3'6"x3' run. This is to house 2 standards and 2 bantams. According to the designer, it could house 3-4 standards or 4-6 bantams. Also, that money does not include the cost of the birds, chick feed, feeder, waterer, heat lamp, bulbs and litter; those ran me another $60. I'm using a 35 gallon rubbermaid tub I already had.
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  6. CcJ

    CcJ Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 11, 2009
    Upstate, NY
    Oh, I think I may make my coop of pallets and the like. I live in a rural area so thank goodness for craigslist....I plan to use tons of cheep and recyled products. I want to go green while building this coop. [​IMG] We will see how that goes.
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Chicken coops only smell really bad if they're not cleaned. Demonstrate - if you haven't already - to your parents that you're up to the responsibility of keeping a coop/animal clean. My coop gets cleaned weekly and I've got just 3 chickens in it right not.
  8. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    We do something like the deep litter method. We just keep adding straw or some type of litter to the floor, on top of whet ever is ther. It will start composting the bottom layers, and so it doesnt stink if you keep adding layers often enough. It is great if you have a garden, because it is already composting in your chicken house. It also helps keep the coop warm in the winter, as the action of the microbes in the litter actually give off heat.

    I would think your parents would like to see a list of expenses, such as start-up costs, and then a list of monthly expenses such as feed and stuff. This will help them see you are doing your research. Start-up costs dont have to be much more then the cost of the birds and food, if you do your research and get creative as far as coops and stuff. Which it sounds like you are already doing!

    I would also go over to the breeds section, and ask for Silkie owners to tell you all about the pros and cons of the breed, so you can get a balanced veiw of them. That will show your parents you are serious about learning about them, and not just trying to show them only the good side of it.
  9. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    When my daughter started begging for a beagle, I made her write me a little research paper on the breed. She wrote on origins, care, grooming, etc. After doing her research project, she actually realized that a beagle was not for her and she rescued a deaf cat instead (yippee - that's said sarcastically).
    I'm not saying that you should research and that it will change your mind, I'm suggesting that you show your parents that you have a plan, have learned what you can and are willing to put forth the effort to get into chickens.
    As far as the smell - keeping the coop clean and dry will take care of that problem, prove to your folks you are serious by keeping your room clean without being told, you may even volunteer to do a few extra chores around the house. Couldn't hurt - might help.
    Best wishes to you!
  10. wings

    wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    If they finally let you get Silikies, I would get them as chicks.

    It's more fun, you'll get a better chance to bond with them, and...


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