Our Mixed Flock Journey!

drstratton

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Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be here and have chickens in our lives again! I was trying to decide if I should wait until my new babies arrive or go ahead and get started with my thread! I have time, so here I am!

Our new chicks should arrive on Wednesday. That will give me time to get their Brooder set up! We ordered 16 chicks: 1 Buff Orpington Rooster & 4 hens, 2 Americana hens, 2 Midnight Majesty Maran hens, 3 Rhode Island Red hens, 1 Salmon Faverolle hen & 3 Welsummer hens.

We already have a chicken coop and pen area, but we are thinking about adding on to both as we used to keep Bantams and these babies will grow to need more room! My husband drew up the plans and built the coop! I will add some more pictures when our weather warms up a bit more, maybe on Tuesday!

I am picking up a crib for $30 in town tomorrow to use for a brooder, barring anything unforeseen happening! I will post pictures of how we set it up!

Thanks for stopping by!
Rene'
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I received a very sweet surprise this morning! How can so much cuteness be contained in such a small box! I am so relieved that they arrived a day earlier than it was showing. We ordered 16 & received 17, so I have an unknown sweetheart! They all seem very alert, I believe that they have all had a drink & are enjoying a bite to eat! My husband will be making one more screen for the top! I turned off the light to get a better picture & the volume immediately went up...lol! I love love love baby chicks! Let the journey begin!!! 💗
 

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drstratton

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My husband was able to pick up the crib today! I was excited to find this crib as it is almost the same height on all sides, it will be easy to make the top for it! We went right to work getting it put together. The walls are dollar store foam board, they have a paper coating on them. My son designs & builds foam board & 3D remote control planes...this is some of his stash! My husband took a couple of drawers that he had and made an expandable floor. He wants to start the chicks in a smaller area and as they grow we will expand it until they have the full run of the brooder! We will build the cover tomorrow and set up the heat lamp! We will start them with a Mason jar waterer and I hope to add a horizontal nipple waterer! I am also hoping to add PVC feeders to open up more space for them as they grow! Our chicks shipped today, praying they arrive safely and on time on Wednesday!
 

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