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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by CityGirlintheCountry, Jan 15, 2011.
Garage turned chicken coop...
My Blue Barnevelders
Hi, we're in Nashville and finally ready to buy our chicks. Looking for Buff Orpingtons, Black Austrolorp, Easter Eggers, and maybe a RIR. Anyone have suggestions on where we can find baby chicks this time of year? Can we find them somewhere locally where they've been sexed (similar to how you can order them from a place like McMurray Hatchery, where you can order day-old pullets). Or are we better off just ordering them? Problem is, we have to order 25 at a time from McMurray, and we can only have 6, being in Nashville). Thanks for any help!
Check out Meyer hatchery. They have a 3-chick minimum and the have lots of sexed breeds available for next week.
Lost a baby C.Maran today to the heat... .... They ran out of water while we were gone, I really need an automatic watering system....
I can help you out with a very simple system made with a 5 gall bucket and a lid and a galvanized pan from tractor supply. Anyone can do this it works great.
The one you got from me? Sorry I will keep an eye out for another one.... I don't think I have any more available. I may have some in a few weeks when I grow some up.
Did I show you my system? I don't know if you could use anything like it but a 55 gal barrel is GREAT in this heat. My breeding pens with 3 gal buckets have to be filled about every other day and that sucks in this heat with no water source near them. In this heat, I supplement with big pans of water too, just so they have ALL they want.
I really am sorry! I know how something like that can hurt.
Yes, one I got from you. And she was so pretty. I really want a system like yours. I was telling hubby about it. Do you know of a place that I can get the nipples locally? Or can you tell me where you got yours. I was hoping to get it set up before we leave for vacation.
have you tried craigslist? We were able to pick up a few pullets last year that way. We got our property in August and wanted soon to be layers soon.
I've located a few sources for local chicks. Thanks everyone. But a question I have is whether it's a bad idea to mix chicks from different sources, as we're having a hard time finding all the breeds we're interested in from one source (unless we mail order, which we're not crazy about doing). And how different in age can we mix chicks also? In other words, could we mix chicks that are a few days old with chicks that are 2 or 3 weeks old? Or will that lead to the older ones constantly pecking or bullying the younger ones?