uniontown, pa

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ndan, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. ndan

    ndan New Egg

    Feb 13, 2013
    Hi. Well new to livestock, never even seen a baby chicken in real life but...
    well I'm gonna get
    I think.
    25 I suppose. that's alot of little birds.

    I'm moving into a new house. I already have a slab of concrete that would be perfect for a shed, i'm thinkin at least 8x10 so i definantly wanna use that. I have a fence being installed for the dogs. The cement for them to use the restroom on, (a yard not filled with dog poop even though not our "play yard" is nice for training) and the yard up to the sidewalk to run (it makes like a triangle) other side of the walkway is the slab and plenty of runway for the chickens.

    They'll be a day old when we get them, the fence will be up within the month i'd like to have the whole thing built by then too. Not sure on which design henhouse to use. I'll def get them all vaccinated for maerks and cocci. i have a humidity reader/temp reader which i think i'll find useful. I'm gonna plant broccoli and baby spinach here in a few days (indoors) and wintercress as soon as i get some seeds.

    So I have a 3x4 ft wire kennel with one of those trays underneath, looks like it would be perfect for starters. my only concern would be the wire spacing would be to big and their little paws (or claws) would fall through. maybe if i weaved 550 cord or something through the gaps? I have a heat bulb for an aquarium light with fixture i am going to use. so cedar is bad huh? sucks i have a bunch of cedar shavings. i hear a little keeps bugs away but a lot causes breathing problems.

    So I need to figure out feed, i guess i'll get it from tractor supply, it'll be unmedicated feed so does it have to be "starter" feed. i know i'm gonna get that jello water stuff from the hatchery with the stone stuff it needs to eat the food. also DE for the Deep layer method. I keep my house between 65 degrees (basement where they will be) and 70. not drafty at all so i don't think i'd have to cover the wire cage with head lamps but if i do i guess plastic, or linens.

    basically just trying to make sure i have some sort of plan before i take the plunge which is soon. any cost saving tips would be appreciated. i'm sure i'll stumble across many hurdles along the way. obviously i research alot. i really hope to not wind up with a bunch of dead baby chickens. I accept the fact I may kill and eat a couple if they are douche bags or roosters. but I would prefer none die except for "natural" causes and have a happy life.
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR

    I'd like to point you toward the Learning Center pages to get started. Especially this link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...ks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens

    After checking it out, you might want to rethink a few things a bit.

    You also might want to plan for a larger coop as well, depending on the breed of chicken you get (thinking size here...)

    Also, chicks grow fast and 25 will soon be very crowded in a 3 by 4 cage during the time that they will continue to need heat.

    Anyway, check it out!
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I agree with the above. Good luck and have fun with your chicks!
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    [​IMG] 25 chickens will need a lot of room.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, ndan, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard. I agree with the above posters - read the link that Yay Chicks sent - lots of good info in it. And with The Old Chick...they take up a lot of space and 8x10 fills up pertty quick once they get big. 4 sq.ft. per bird is recommended and you're under that with 25 birds so it will be cramped. Saying that, my birds would be cramped as well in their small coop....but I have a big run plus they free range a lot. Best of luck to you in your chicken adventure.
  6. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined BYC. Best of luck with your new chicks
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Congratulations on moving to a place where you can keep chickens, and [​IMG].
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    While chicks can be brooded on 1/4" hardware cloth it is probably not very comfortable for them.

    Why are you not planning on using medicated feed? It is not an antibiotic if that is what concerns you, it contains a niacin inhibitor that prevents the coccidia parasite from multiplying, and is not really a "medication" in that sense.

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!!!
    Glad you joined us!
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California!

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