What else do I need?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by IDIOT HUSBAND, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. IDIOT HUSBAND

    IDIOT HUSBAND Songster

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    I have 15 RIR on the way they will be here Mon. or Tue. I have a brooder box ready with a lamp that is adjustable in hight, watering bottle, starter feed, and feeder. I know I need to get some pine shavings. Is there anything else I will need before the chicks arive?
     
  2. Marion

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    Looks like you have it covered! They grow fast so the next thing on the list would be a coop!
     
  3. IDIOT HUSBAND

    IDIOT HUSBAND Songster

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    I have a coop design in my head and most of the material. I'm going to start on it next week.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    I usually use paper towels rather than pine shavings for the first week and a half.
     
  5. IDIOT HUSBAND

    IDIOT HUSBAND Songster

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    Why do you use paper towels will they absorb more cleaner or what?
     
  6. Fuzzy_Hat_Farm

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    Paper towels keep their little legs from slipping out from under them and give them some traction. I only used them the first 2-3 days. (I got my chicks 6/3 - 25 mixed breeds) Keep the paper towels handy though and check that none of them are getting pasty butt, that'll have to be cleaned off with a little warm water.

    Oh, and you might start that coop soon. they grow fast! [​IMG]
     
  7. IDIOT HUSBAND

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    Thanks for the info. I already have my coop design and a lot of materials. I hope to get my wife to take pictures of my coop when I am working on it and after I am done. Thanks again.
     
  8. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    This is optional, but once they get about a week old, you could put a small perch/roost in there, so they can practice early [​IMG]
     
  9. Garden Gal

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    WHO dubbed you the "Idiot Husband"??? LOL! If if was your wife, I hope she assumes the same title! Any hubby who is trying to raise chicks, build a brooder and coop is no idiot in my humble opinion. If YOU gave yourself that name - get rid of it!! [​IMG]

    The paper towels under the shavings are a good idea. I started with pine pellets and loved them. A bit neater and cleaner than the shavings.

    The chicks GROW FAST - over night, and I'm not kidding. Start your coop, or you WILL be an idiot!!! (JUST TEASING!) [​IMG]
     
  10. Grammahen

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    You'll need a thermometer to put under the heat lamp so you know how warm your brooder is.
    Have fun, chick days go by oh so fast...[​IMG]
     

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