step by step instructions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GrammysFarm, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. GrammysFarm

    GrammysFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    To get me started lol.

    I need a step by step program for buying my chicks to start raising them. help.
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Check out the Chick section of the Learning Center, https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks there are some nice articles on raising chicks for the first few weeks https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-your-baby-chicks if you are looking for where to buy chicks this article covers the options, this time of year, most feed stores will have chicks in so most people tend to get them there https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/taking-the-plunge-getting-my-own-chickens-where-do-i-begin
     
  3. Kylea0219

    Kylea0219 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered mine from meyer hatchery and I bought the starter kit for feed and feed container and lights and all that. https://www.meyerhatchery.com/productinfo.a5w?prodID=CSK
    I read two books on chickens. Every one is different so you kind of have to read a bunch of different ways to raise chickens and see what works best for you. I read endless feeds on the site and others like it. I also like the chicken chick she has a lot of good info.

    You also have to pick what breeds of chickens you want. you can do a flock all of one breed or a mixed flock.

    I wanted cold hardy, friendly pretty chickens that lay unique eggs. I also wanted decent egg production but I didnt want flighty birds and some of the heavy layers tend to be flighty. I also wanted standard size bird not the little bantams.

    I got 3 silverlaced wyandottes brown eggs
    3 welsummers dark brown eggs with speckles
    3 Easter eggers blue or green eggs
    3 Dominiques brown eggs
    3 buff orpingtons brown eggs

    So i suggest doing some research on what breeds you might like.

    Stuff you need: to start

    ~a brooder (anything from a card board box to a kiddie pool) i used a big fish tank when my chicks were tiny now using kiddie pool with chicken wire walls
    ~a heat lamp
    ~waterer
    ~feeder
    ~chick feed
    ~chick grit
    ~chick treats if you want them (mine love meal worms)
    ~I also used gro gel to get them perked up after shipping
    ~I also put electrolytes in their water
    ~bedding (sand to pine shavings to paper towels) I used pine shavings and sweet pdz mine don't smell at all
    ~A thermometer

    Then you are going to need a coop. You can buy one or build one.
     
  4. Kylea0219

    Kylea0219 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also suggest learning all about the issues chicks can have. For example Pasty butt can kill a chick. Three of my chicks had issues for the first few days I had them from the stress of shipping. I knew what to do and watch for so I haven't lost a chick yet. Also look for spraddle legs and scissor beak. I did not have any issues with those things but they can happen.and are treatable. But if you don't know you can't help them.
     
  5. GrammysFarm

    GrammysFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks
     

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