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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DratzDurpen, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. DratzDurpen

    DratzDurpen Chirping

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    So since I just lost my flock to a coon I decided to order more chicks. While they are in the broader I can do my modifications to the coop to secure it better.

    I never ordered from a hatchery before and I'm shocked at just how expensive the minimum order of 15 are! But I'm buying these with my birthday money so they are gifts to myself.

    I decided to order 1 of each of the following pullets

    Buff laced Polish
    Golden Polish
    Light Brahma
    Silver Polish
    Salmon Faverolle
    Spitzhauben
    Speckled Sussex

    Then I ordered from two groups of indexed birds, getting four from each.

    Silver Lakenvelder
    Turken

    Now for 20 cents per chick I can have them vaccinated for Cocci, which I have chosen, but should I also have them vaccinated for Mareks for an extra 20 cents each?? I've never had Mareks before or known that I've had it.
     
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  2. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    I don’t vaccinate due to my marketing and advertising my eggs and meat (nonGMO, organic, no antibiotics ever) but I would if it’s a private flock.
     
  3. WunnySharbit

    WunnySharbit Chirping

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    I would get any vaccination you can!--Like my kids: poor boogers got poked for anything and everything. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (or $hundreds in vet bills!)
     
  4. DobieLover

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    I would vaccinate.
    Can you please post several pictures of your coon raided coop and provide dimensions? It needs to be properly secured before you use it for your new flock.
    Didn't you just lose 6 birds? And now you are getting 15!? :eek:
     
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  5. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    Chicken math is wonderful isn’t it.
     
  6. DratzDurpen

    DratzDurpen Chirping

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    I'll get dimensions when I get home but let me see if I can get a picture of the coop and the run.
     
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  7. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    If you have the right size coop and run it sure is!
    Otherwise you need to register yourself for an advanced Chicken Math class before you FAIL!
     
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  8. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    Exactly! He would need 60sqFt of space for all of those chickens.
     
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  9. DratzDurpen

    DratzDurpen Chirping

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    Hubby says the coop is 8 x 8 x 6. The run is open at the top to include the two trees. That cant be covered. I used around 300+ feet of fencing to do it.
     
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  10. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    Well the square footage is right for 15 birds. Had to edit my last post. Typed one too many 0’s! 15birds at 4sqFt per bird equals 60sqFt. You have room for nest boxes.
     
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