What supplies do you need to raise chickens ? (detailed)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by alexis13288, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. alexis13288

    alexis13288 Hatching

    Jan 21, 2015
    Im new to this, and I'm soon getting some chicks. Which is best btw: Chick or chickens?

    what are some supplies YOU GUYS USE for your chickens? Please be specific, maybe, like for food, grit, and (cooked/raw) corn, and ( cooked/raw) rice, etc.
    And even some supplies you guys use for your coops!
    THANKS ~![​IMG]
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I personally think that starting with chicks is the way to go. This insures that you can take them as much as you want and it also means they have a higher chance of being healthy. You can find chicks at hatcheries online such as Mypetchicken, mucmurry hatchery and Meyer hatchery. Otherwise, you can look at your local feed/ farm stores in the spring.

    There are many things I use for my flock. I use Natre Wise layer feed crumbles, eggshells, mealworms and kitchen scraps as my chickens' feed/treats. (Treats should only take up 10% of they daily diet though. ) I always make sure they have water. I use an autmoatic feeder and waterer which means I don't have to feed and water them each day.I don't buy grit but instead just allow my flock to find it on the ground.
    Treats I feed them consist of dairy, veggies, fruits, bread, rice, pasta, etc. Here is a list of things to and not to feed your flock https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

    For the coop, I use 2X4"s with the 4" side facing up as the roosts for the chickens. They hav three of them. I have three nests for my five hens. (You need one nest for every 1-2 hens you have. ) I use straw and pine shavings as my bedding. I clean the coop and run about once every three weeks. I deep clean th coop meaning I clean EVERYTHIG once a year. I also use fake eggs in my nests to show the hens where to lay.

    I use dirt in my run. I put roosts, stumps, ladders and even a wheelbarrow with dirt in it to keep my flock busy and happy.

    For health care, I use save-a-chick probiotics, apple cider vinegar, garlic and a few other health tablets.

    I think this is mainly it.

    Hope this helps!

    You may also want to check out our learning center
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2015
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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. I agree with Mountain Peeps and would go with chicks as well. You will have a much larger variety of breeds to choose from, will have the joy of raising them and taming them as they grow, and will have a smaller initial investment in the birds themselves as chicks are considerably cheaper that older birds. As far as what supplies you will need to raise chickens, you will find all of the answers in the Getting Started Raising Chickens section of our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/getting-started-raising-chickens. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in raising your flock.
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You got very good suggestions and advice, so I will just say Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock.
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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined.

    You've recieved some good advice already!
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  7. alexis13288

    alexis13288 Hatching

    Jan 21, 2015
    Wow, very detailed :D! I really feel secure with information, thank you everyone![​IMG]
    I never knew that there would be SO MANY PEOPLE to answer my questions!
    And thank you all for inviting me into this website~! I love you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    alexis13288 ( the newbie [​IMG])
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    The other posters have given you some great advice already! Feel free to ask any other questions that you have. We're all here to help! [​IMG]

    Good luck with your future chicks!
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2015
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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with your future chicks!
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  10. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

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