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Received 5 silkie chicks today

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sherrybwc, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. sherrybwc

    sherrybwc Out Of The Brooder

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    I found five 2wk old silkies on craigslist this morning (plus feeders/waterers and food) for free and picked them up when I got off work this evening.

    As I was completely unprepared for their arrival, here is a little snapshot of my evening...

    1) Left work at 4:00PM. Drove 30 miles (one way) to pick up chicks

    2) Dropped chicks at home with DH

    3) Made a mad dash to Home Depot (another 20 miles one way) to buy materials to build SOMETHING that would keep my cats away from the chicks. Ended up getting a piece of plywood, hardware cloth, 1x2's for framing, a pack of 60W lightbulbs, and two plug-in light sockets so I could make a quick drop light (for heat) using an extension cord

    4) Slapped together a pen with materials above (making sure it's cat-proof!) and lined the bottom with newspaper until I can get to Tractor Supply tomorrow for shavings

    5) Placed chicks in the pen at 9:45PM along with food and water (edited to add "and water"...lol!)

    6) Finally managed to eat supper around 10:15PM.

    Needless to say, I'm beat!

    Anyway, as it has been a LONG time since I've been around chicks, am I on the right track here? I'm using only one lightbulb suspended about 8 - 10" above one corner of the pen. They sort of gravitate towards it, but not so much as to make me think they're cold. I also draped an old lightweight tablecloth over it to keep out drafts and sort of shield them from the activity around them, KWIM?

    I guess I'm basically looking for assurance that I'm not going to get up in the morning to ailing (or worse) chicks.

    I'd appreciate your thoughts.

    Thanks,

    Sherry
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2010
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds good so far. Are they up where the cats can't get to them because I don't think the tablecloth will hold them out.
     
  3. jerrys59

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    sometime free chicks get expensive dont they,congrats on the silkies, in what part of bama are you. hope hull here
     
  4. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like you've done what you can for now. You protected them from your other animals and drafts. A thermometer would be good, so you can be sure that they're at the right temperature. About 80-85 degrees should be good for 2 weeks old. They'll go where the temperature is right for them. I assume you gave them water - I didn't see that in your post.
     
  5. sherrybwc

    sherrybwc Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:The pen is made from plywood and hardware cloth (wire). I simply draped a tablecloth across the pen to keep them calm.


    Quote:Ha! I was thinking the same thing as I forked over the $53 bucks at Home Depot...not very "free" at all!

    I'm in Phenix City...we're not far apart at all!
     
  6. sherrybwc

    sherrybwc Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I did.

    I also edited my post to say "and water".

    Tired...
     
  7. jerrys59

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    I've started using a large dog crate with chicken wire around it to start my young chicks til they feather good.
     
  8. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now, one thing left to do. [​IMG] Where's the pictures?
     
  9. huckleberryfarm

    huckleberryfarm Chickenista

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    I'm getting my first chicks ever tomorrow. 10 silkies. Maybe we can learn together! I've spent close to $3000 between the coops, books, brooders, and other stuff. But no one tell my husband! All those receipts are hidden far, far away!
     
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