Please tell me that it is not only me!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BarefootMom, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    I have been running around like crazy the past few days trying to make sure I have everything ready for my chicks. On Thursday we are driving to Cackle to pick up 125. Yesterday I got the lights hung up and am still trying to figure out what I am going to use for bedding. The way I have been running around you would think that I was expecting a new baby! I am thinking about using the wood pellets for bedding and putting puppy pads on top for the first couple of weeks-Is that a good idea? or no? I need to figure out a way to keep the waterers level...maybe put down cheap cookie sheets for them to set on....(thinking outloud here)

    Oh and did I mention I have 3 does due to kindle in 7 days...and we are getting a puppy on the way back from Cackle on Thursday? lol. And I have another doe due to kindle in 12 days? Crazy stuff around here.

    AND last night DH was talking about trying to hatch out some of our eggs. A guy that he works with said that he has an incubator that he has only used once and we could have it if we wanted it!

    Please tell me that I am not the only one that goes crazy-nutso waiting on chicks!?!?

    If I had room I would get more! lol. It took all I had in me to not go to CHICK day on Saturday at C&C Farm and Home Supply. lol
     
  2. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    NW,Missouri
    What kinda puppy are you getting?
     
  3. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    half beagle half who know what. lol All I know is that the momma is full blooded beagle and the puppies were blond and black. We are getting a solid blond male. We used to have a beagle but he was killed by a coyote.
     
  4. Melinda35

    Melinda35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would suggest using the pine shavings for the bedding. Puppy pads would probably work just fine. I used papertowels for only a few days as this group of BR and EEs tended to tear them up unlike my RIRs and ducks last year. To keep my waterer level I use a block of wood. I think it is a 2 x 4. There is a little bit sticking out all around the waterer and the chicks can hope up there and drink. This also helps keep the shaving out of the water when you no longer have the covering over them.

    Last year I was completely ready for the chicks and this year I have winged it. I am really surprised that I did not have everything together but my checks are all healthy and happy. Everyone's set up is different so you will be making changes as you go.

    And just let me say...125!! Wow!! You are definitely brave taking on that many at one time. You will have a great time and love every minute of it. It is okay if you are accused of spending too much time with them because they don't argue with you or complain!

    Just relax and enjoy!
     
  5. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Oregon
    125? Wow. I was just as crazy getting 5 chicks--its normal. [​IMG] I liked using layers of paper towels--remove the top ones as needed (which will be a LOT more with 125 chicks!!). Slowly added pine shavings when I was sure the little ones figured out what was the food and wouldn't eat the shavings. Really sounds like spring has sprung at your house!! [​IMG]
     
  6. mother o' chicks72

    mother o' chicks72 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
    definitely normal, i only have 7 and im already chicken crazy:)
     
  7. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope it's normal...because I've been doing the same and I AM expecting a baby...in 10 weeks! Now I have everything ready for the chicks and nothing for the baby! [​IMG]
     
  8. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    haha yes, normal. Started with 4, wanted a couple more. Have 5 chicks, a broody on 3 eggs, and 16 in the incubator. Chicken math says the 5 + 3 + 16 = a couple more, right?
     
  9. mother o' chicks72

    mother o' chicks72 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
    yeah, i started with 4...then i just needed 1 more...and now i have 7
     
  10. suzeqf

    suzeqf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no it's me too, i started out with 6 last weekend and then got 4 friday and 2 more saturday so my flock doubled in 24 hours [​IMG]
     

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