Week old baby chicks!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mobius, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello all!

    New member but long-time lurker, have wanted chickens for several years since I started organic garden and herb garden! And composting and and and....I knew that chickens were the missing link!

    Chicks are a week old today, I think, and growing their wing feathers, even glimpsed tiny tail feathers yesterday. They are 3 Gold Laced Wyandottes and 3 Partridge Rocks, Which I think will make a VERY gorgeous flock. Besides it being that time of year to do this, I am recently retired so have time and energy for the many chores as well as the enjoyment. I am having a 4x5 coop built with a 9 foot walk-in run, which will be placed in a fenced yard.

    Predator -proofing is on my mind at the moment, as well as leveling out yard for coop/run placement. The yard is glacial till so it is a bit hard to manage...

    I love to research all things chicken and hope I am making good choices...and this forum has been an incredible help all along...so I figured it was time to introduce myself here. Happy to meet all of you and become a part of this incredible community!

    I am currently setting up a larger brooder in an unused bathtub with glass encosure doors. I am thinking it is about time to move them in there, with light and larger feeder and an automatic cup waterer. They are currently in a rubbermaid tub, and I am concerned it is getting a bit confined....Any thoughts?

    They are peeping away, and getting quite cuddly and unafraid. Yesterday I took them out and put them on a beach towel with me inside the bathroom. They all pooped immediately. On the towel. Then they wound up in my lap...this is TOO much fun. I take a picture a day...
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  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    That's a very nice intro, thank you for sharing a bit with us!

    One thing you'll learn with poultry, they love space to move and hate feeling cramped. Go ahead and move them into a larger area, they'll be happier.

    If you haven't already been to the Learning Center, check out some of the excellent articles there about all sorts of chicken topics.

    Thanks for joining us!
  3. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey there NorthFLchick!

    How about that! I grew up in Gainesville! Lol.

    Ya know, you were SO right about moving the chickies. They loved it, ran all over, started hopping and scratching (new behavior). Even at a week, this was a totally good thing to do!

    I am going to start a new thread with more pics! Thanks for your help!!

  4. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2015
    [​IMG] I'm glad you decided to join us!! Your chickies are adorable [​IMG]
  5. Wolfstorm82

    Wolfstorm82 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 29, 2016
    I've found that hardware cloth is the most recomended for coops. Chicken wire is good at keeping the chickens in but not so much at keeping predators out.
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that your chicks are enjoying their new quarters. If you check out the Learning Centre, you'll find a whole host of resources on all things chicken. Your state thread is worth joining as you will get to know other BYC members in your area (just type your state in the search box). In fact, the search box should become your best friend [​IMG] Lastly but by no means least, the members here are amazing - very friendly and helpful, so if you need an answer to a question or simply want some reassurance that what you are doing is ok, then post away - we all help each other out here at BYC.

    All the best
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Good to hear the chicks approve of their new home. Thanks for sharing a picture!
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Congratulations on your baby flock, they look in their new brooder.

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