Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by realsis, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. poodlechicks

    poodlechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2013

    I also ordered mine in January. I actually don't know what I'm getting exactly, just that they are ornamental and all pullets ( crossing my fingers) [​IMG] I ordered a white Orpington chick also and passed out on the "surprise" chick b/c it can be male or female. I'd rather not risk another rooster.
    Sending good vibes to you!! Remember to post pics of the little ones upon arrival. Best of luck to you!!
  2. WyoJax

    WyoJax Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2015
    Looks like everyone has given you a lot of information. The heating pad I have is found here:http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0087...8-2&keywords=xpress+heating+pad&pi=SY200_QL40 this heating pad is wonderful for my five with plenty of room for more. I have it set to 6 currently, for the first week. I will pull it down once my Coccidiosis chick catches up a little. But typically people pull it down a setting every increment you would pull your bulb up. I will show you my set up, but there are hundreds on BYC. You can find the original thread under raising baby chickens, Mama Heating Pad in the brooder. The reason why I decided to go this way, I'm a first time Chicken Mama is because we are gone so much for work and also because the starter of three proved to me it does work. She lives in northern Wyoming and this pad worked through our very cold winters outside...it works. Plus it's more natural, my girls are asleep and in bed when the sun goes down, not a peep is heard until the sun rises again.
    Our set up includes a frame of garden fencing wrapped with electrical tape where the edges are sharp, after DH(darling husband) folded the edges down with some needle nose pliers. The heating pad has been covered with Cling Wrap to keep it clean. And then I set towels on top of it also for cleanliness, the girls love sitting on top of MHP. Now a lot of people use shavings, I've had problems with Coccidiosis so I'm waiting until all stool is solid first, but planed on paper towels in the beginning so we didn't end up with any leg issues. Because the paper towels are thin I have used old dish towels in the MHP to raise the chicks up closer to the MHP. Two folded once works great, that way they can snuggle right up close. They way the frame is built it is more open on the front and shorter in the back so they can adjust how warm they need to be, a lot like broody Mama. Hope this helps, it does work. I had my reservations but my babies are all well, even through the Coccidiosis.
    Good luck!
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I kind of feel the same way, they are a bit creepy as adults :oops: But, I wanted to try something new and "different", and thought the NNs would fit the bill perfectly. They're adorable right now, and they're SUPER friendly, so they're sort winning me over :)
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    That's what I have heard about them. Last year I bought two la mancha goat kids, the ones with no ears, I was told I would get used to it and find them cute, nope, they are still creepy too without ears. I also had a frazzle rooster who lost most of his feathers during the summer, had a naked neck, beat red from the sun, reminded me of a snake. Hopefully you can overcome what I can't. [​IMG]
  5. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013

    Actually at Meyer hatchery in January when I ordered I was ABLE TO CHOOSE THE SEX OF MY SUPRISE BREED!! So I picked MMMF meaning Meyer Meal Maker Female!! the other choice was MMMM meaning Meyer Meal Maker Male. Funny though I looked back on the site later and it didn't have the option to choose anymore, however it only offered MMMF which would be the female. They call it the Meal Maker because they ask you to donate eggs to needy or neighborhood folks who might need some help. I've named mine Charity. Also another thing Meyer does that really suprised me was they said to me "Because I paid for all my other birds to get the Mareks vaccine They will give the Mareks vaccine to my free female chick AT NO CHARGE TO ME!!" So when you order from Meyer you don't have to worry that their free chick is a male unless you order early and CHOOSE a male. so if your ordering from Meyer don't be afraid to add the free chick. just tell them you want the MMMF female.NO WORRIES :) in fact if you do have a Meyer order ID definitely call and get your free layer!it's not too late to add her :) hope this helps!!
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016
  6. bufforpfarm

    bufforpfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 21, 2015
    Mine ship april 4th tommorow. 11chicks 10- blue orpintons 1-jubelee orpington so i have a large $$ amount invested as these are very expensive an rare! Cant wait. These will be my birthday blues.
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  7. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2016
    34.560847, -81.154203
    My Coop
    I placed one of my folding, adjustable height sawhorses across/over the new brooding box and hung the heat lamp from it via a chain. Not only safer but easier to regulate the temperature too.
    The chicks are huddled in the corner because one of my dogs was checking them out

    Regarding the Sunbeam heating pads with the always on feature, where do you get these? Every single heating pad or heated blanket/throw I have seen automatically shuts itself off after an hour or few (safety feature). NEVER have I seen one with a switch that overrides this and lets the pad/blanket remain on.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016
  8. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    I got mine at Walgreens, but they're available on Amazon.
  9. Smiley Chicks

    Smiley Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2015
    Upstate NY
  10. Smiley Chicks

    Smiley Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2015
    Upstate NY
    I've never heard of a white Orpington, we wanted white silkies but the minimum order was 15. We have 25 buff orpingtons coming in 2 weeks and we don't want to crowd them.

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