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Soon to buy chicks I need help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by iluvwyandottes, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. iluvwyandottes

    iluvwyandottes Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a neighborwho I recently found out has chickens had I not heard the rooster crow this morning I never would have guessed. He says he has good strong chickens and is currently incubating some. The drawback is they are mixed and I heard stories about how some aren't like they are supposed to be. Should I go for it or not?
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    What do you mean some are how they arent supposed to be?

    If you want chickens, go for it. It doesnt matter if you have purebred chickens or mixed chickens.
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Check out their flock. If they are healthy, happy and well taken care of then you know the neighbor has done everything right. And there is ALWAYS the chance that some don't come out right, mixed or pure. I say go for it.
     
  4. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mutts are often best, especially for a beginner. They are adaptive and generally survivors. Go for it.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  6. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just hatched mixed eggs from my chickens 7 weeks ago. They are too cute, The mom is Black sexlink the dad was RIR and Red sexlink. I can't wait til they start laying, thier mom lays huge brown eggs. Thats all the really matters if you think they are cute and they lay eggs.
     
  7. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I was a long time reader of Mother Earth News and remembered a hover/brooder that they featured. So, when it was time to build, I got 4 used 2" x 10" x 8ʻ boards, cut them into 4ʻ lengths and made two box frames. In the bottom of one, I installed a floor of 1/2" welded wire mesh and on the other a light weight lid of 1" x 2" welded wire mesh. Finally, I stacked them first on 4 concrete blocks and then on top of each other. This leaves me with a 16 sq ft hover that is 16" off the ground and easy to work in without getting a back ache or kneeling. Plus, the little bit of air that comes thru the bottom of the brooder really helps to keep the litter dry and the smells down. It heats beautifully with a 250 watt infrared light. Wish I had taken pictures now, but at the time I didnʻt know about BYC.
     
  8. iluvwyandottes

    iluvwyandottes Out Of The Brooder

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    Well he said he would keep them till they are six weeks then he'd give them to me. And I am just about done with the coop just a few lil touch-ups.
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2008

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