Proud Papa of new peeps!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TigerDad2010, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. Hey ya'll! I'm not only new to BYC, but I'm also a new back yard chicken owner. We have just about a quarter acre in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. I am very glad to have found this site as it is full of great information and helpful folks. I'm looking forward to further interaction. For now, I'm studying some of the coop designs posted here in hopes of finding something that will work just right for us. I'll post pics of the coop once it's built. Until then, here are the chicks I picked up from the post office this morning. Happy little peeps! [​IMG]

  2. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Welcome to the chicken adventure!
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  3. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    If you haven't already done so, check out the Learning Center...tons of information there and really helpful. One thing I'd caution you about is using newspaper in the's too slick for their little legs and may cause problems. Some wood shavings would be a better option.

    You might like to chat with other members in Washington state. If you type Washington in the search box, your state thread should pop up.

    Thanks for joining us, hope you're having fun with the little ones!
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  4. Thanks for the reply. I was concerned about the news paper too but was following instruction from the hatchery. They suggested np on top of bedding, sprinkle food crumbles, and show them the feeder to ensure they start to eat. They made a mess of the paper quick! After a few hours it was out and now they are just on normal bedding. I can tell they are a lot more comfortable without the paper.

    The learning center is great. The required reading was good too. Have to say I laughed out loud at the internet troll article. I'll spend some time exploring to see what else I can find! Thanks again!
  5. Thanks for the welcome!
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    It can be confusing when you get differing advice and you would think that the source of your birds would be a good source of information, but it isn't always the case -- for future batches an alternative to news paper is to use paper towels on top of bedding if you want to go that route at first while acclimating them to the brooder and orientating them to where feed/water is, etc. This is also helpful at times when you want to monitor the quantity and quality of waste being expelled by a bird for diagnostic purposes. The paper towel provides better traction than news paper.
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Paper towels are also used in the early days, to cover the shavings on floor of brooder. Before chicks know what food is, they sometimes try eating the shavings. After they discover the feeder, you can remove the towel paper.
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  8. Great advice. Thanks!
  9. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
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  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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