Our first chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tomhusker, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Songster

    May 28, 2010
    Hamburg, Iowa
    My wife and I put the final touches on our little coop (I am still writing that adventure) last night and then drove south of town to pick up our first ever batch of chicks. We were going to start out with mature birds, but I really wanted to do it from the beginning. We compromised and settled on ten 7 1/2 week old Barred Rock chicks.
    We weren't impressed with the breeder, feeling almost like we rescued the chicks as much as purchased them. They did look lively and healthy though, so for $!.50 each, I'll give it a go.
    We got home and introduced them into the coop. I sat and watched them for an hour as they explored their new home, sampling the pine shavings and stretching their wings. I could almost hear them talking about it, "This place is very' HUGE!!" (It's not really, built for 4 or 5. We'll cull later.) The chicks don't seem to be very acclimated to human contact. I hope I can fix that.
    Anyway, we have to attach the run to the coop and then let them out to explore the real world. We will get to that tomorrow. I want them to know where home is first. A couple of pics:

    Fighting off the skeeters while painting trim on the main door.

    A new home to enjoy
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2010

  2. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    ahhh!!! They look like some of our babies! How cute! And their coop looks lovely as well! Bet they are saying all kinds of good things about ya'll today! Now the count down starts for the first egg!
  3. beejentl

    beejentl In the Brooder

    May 27, 2010
    Vacaville CA
    What I could see of the coop looks great!!! Good job! The chicks are so cute! What kind are they?
  4. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Songster

    May 28, 2010
    Hamburg, Iowa
    Thanks, they are Barred Rocks. The coop is my first attempt at building anything that would actually house a living being. I am writing the build up for my BYC page and will create it once it is done.
  5. scarter

    scarter Songster

    Aug 22, 2008
    Roberts, WI
    Give them lots of treats and spend lots of time with them and they will be pets. Our first original five are totally spoiled girls. But then the rest are normal chickens LOL!
  6. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Songster

    May 20, 2010
    San Diego
    Adorable coop and chickies! Though I think they are younger than 7 1/2 weeks, my BR girls are only 3 1/2 weeks and appear to have more feathers than yours do, they have almost grown out of all their fluff already!
  7. Lolita

    Lolita Songster

    Nov 2, 2008

  8. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    Yah, I was wondering about the age also. Do BR chicks feather more slowly? My chicks look older and bigger with more feathering and they are only 4.5 weeks old (RIR). But I'm a total newbie, so always curious about these things! [​IMG]

    Great looking coop and babies!
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2010
  9. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Songster

    May 28, 2010
    Hamburg, Iowa
    I'm pretty new at it too. Heck they coulda hatched Friday for all I know. [​IMG]

    I do know that the breeder said they will be 8 weeks on Monday. However, the conditions they were being kept in leads me to believe that they may be a bit behind in growing. No worries, I can help them with that. Bigger home, plenty of fresh food and water and lots of attention is on the menu for them.

    I think Saturday morning I will introduce them to the outside run. [​IMG]
  10. wsdareme

    wsdareme Songster

    Mar 9, 2010
    Yelm, WA
    I would bet the hen house that they aren't any more than TWO weeks old. You might need to keep them warm -- do you have a heat lamp? [​IMG]

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