Teenager wanting chickens!! Lots of questions!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by meghanm, May 5, 2017.

  1. meghanm

    meghanm New Egg

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    Hello!!

    My name is Meghan and I am 13 years old. I am very interested in getting chicks for my birthday (3 weeks from now). My family is on board for the most part (me being responsible is not a question as I am very responsible and mature for my age) but we are pretty clueless about how to care for chickens!! I have done a lot research and think I could get my chicks and be able to handle them. I would just like to clarify that all of my plans make sense as this will be my first time doing this.

    I want to start off with 4 chicks. I have not decided which breed but would like to start with a pretty common one for my first time. My dad and I are going to build a 6x6 coop with an 8x7 run. This might seem a little big for 4 chickens but I want to have room for growth and the possibility of more chickens in later years. Does this seem ok? The physical part of building it is not our biggest concern but I have some questions on feeders, waterers, timelines, etc.

    We live in an area where it does often go below -20 degrees Celsius. How should we “winter proof” our coop? How do we make sure our water doesn’t freeze?

    Once out of the brooder and into the coop, for our feeder, I was thinking of a food grade bucket with horizontal nipples. How does that seem? And for our waterer, I saw a DIY on here made out of a garbage bin and a laundry basket. The gist of it is you cut out the bottom of the garbage bin and the top of the laundry basket and place them on top of each other. If you don’t understand I’ll find the link. Would that work for our chickens?

    When you transition them over to new feed the schedule should go, starter feed from birth to 6 - 8 weeks, and then grower feed until they start to lay, and then layer feed, right?

    I think I know everything I need to know about the brooder, I just wanted to clarify my ideas! Thanks!!!
     
  2. ChickenCowboy02

    ChickenCowboy02 Predator Slayer

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    Awesome! I'm 14 and chickens are AWESOME! Right now I have 18. Your coop and run seem perfect! To make sure the waterer doesn't freeze, you can buy a water heater at Tractor Supply. I would get a waterer at TSC, they are pretty cheap. Ok, the feed goes 0-6 weeks Chick/Starter, 6-? Weeks Grower, then when your hens start laying start layer feed. You will have boatloads of fun with your chickens!
     
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    You Young Kids seem to have this post under control----I will leave it with you!!!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Since you are in Canada, you may want to post some of your questions at "Canadians, check in here." they would be able to best advise you on feeders, waterers, and what breeds handle your weather the best.

    The "Learning Center," above is a great place to start a chicken education. If chickens will be staying inside the coop during weather extremes, you may want to go to a larger size. Chickens get hostile to each other when crowded or bored. Actually in measurements it's 4-5 sq. feet per bird excluding nest boxes and roosts. The run should allow 10 sq.feet per bird and a solid cover on top of the run can both keep predators out and provide some protection from the elements.

    You may also want to check out the predator threads, and the coops section for idea, placement etc.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Meghan [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great advice, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.
     

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