What have I done?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dreamullany, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. dreamullany

    dreamullany In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2016
    So, we just bought our first house (in the Sierra Foothills, CA) and I wanted to get a couple chickens...9 chicks later we got home and I can't get enough. Reading about them, looking at them, creating profiles on chicken websites(!) and taking a ridiculous amount of pictures of them.

    A few questions:

    1. Nine chickens - any good recommendations on coops (Where to buy, type, size)? Please don't say build one, we just bought a house so we have too many projects already! We had a plan to build, but then a lot of rain let us know that we have some leaking priorities we need to focus on

    2. I found a tiny cricket today and put it in the brooder - they loved it...they are about 6 days old...is that okay? Can I do it again? It was adorable! RIP cricket

    3. How big and how deep should my brooder be? I don't want them to get bored (and peck each other) so I change it up and add sticks and move things around, but I'm worried it should be bigger and deeper - it's 22"x36"x12.5"(deep)

    4. When do they move outside? They are in the laundry room now, which is fine, but I want them to be happy.

    Thanks! I've had fun finding all of the endless branches on this site! I'm excited to become a chicken-person!

  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    chicks also find out they can fly early - so a wire cover on the brooder to keep them in is prudent.
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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. The Coop section and Learning Centre should help out with your questions, or simply type the topic of interest in the search box.

    Joining your state thread will put you in contact with other BYC members in your area, which can be very helpful.


    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
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  6. silky guy

    silky guy In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2016
    San Antonio Tx
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