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Chicken Update
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KellyGa    Posted 01-21-2004 at 16:38:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay, I thank you all for your vast knowledge and expertise on chickens. I called the feed store today to make sure they were gonna get in what I decided on. I decided on the Buff Orpingtons. The feed store only has in Production Reds, Barred Rocks, Black Sexlink, and something else, can't remember what. Next Thursday they should be getting in the Buffs. They won't be carrying any splash, which I thought were really pretty, but thats okay. $1.85 a piece. I am going to get 6 chicks, and raise them up in the house in clear plastic bins, switching the bins out for a clean one often. I am going to get a utility lamp, like the one I have on my iguana, has worked well for 11 years on her, so I figure the chicks will like it. Are cedar shavings okay to use? And any suggestions as far as feeders would be greatly appreciated.

My dad is great with wood, he builds stuff all the time, he built his shed out back, bookcases, he just finished some custom steps for my sisters little teacup yorkie so she can get off and on their bed easily. So, I asked him today if he would help me build a chicken house and a run extention for when I can't be out there to watch for hawks, etc.

You know what he said, lol, he said "Kelly, let me ask you something." I said, "What" I knew what was coming. He asked me "Don't you have enough to do?" I just laughed and told him, yes, but I wanted chickens to. He said. "But you already have a husband, a daughter, a dog, 2 cats, 7 finches, a cockateil, fish, an iguana, why do you want something else?" I told him I just love animals. Thats the way it is. :) He said next I would have a cow out in my back yard, lol.

So Sunday, he wants me to bring my scroll saw over (yes, I have tools) so we can fool around with it. He wants to cut out some musical notes from wood. I am going to bring over some rough plans on the chicken house, and see what we can put together. Ought to be fun. :)

Thanks y'all!    Posted 01-23-2004 at 15:44:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry it took so long to get back around, but thanks for the info, and yes Julianna, I think we are sisters, lol.

RichZ    Posted 01-22-2004 at 05:46:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The advice you got so far is great. The only different thing I do, is that I don't use bedding for the chicks, I line the brooder with newspaper, and change it every day. I always found that the chicks ate some of whatever bedding I used, which eventually caused problems.

But maybe I always just get dopey chicks!!!:>)

Tom A    Posted 01-22-2004 at 04:04:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cedar shavings aren't recommended for chicks as they've been shown to cause respiratory problems. We use pine shavings in our brooder (an old stock tank) and they've worked well over the years. Chopped up straw works fine, too, although some places it is hard to get.

We use a utility light too, with a red bulb hanging by a chain so we can adjust the height (and so the temperature) as the chicks age. Keep a spare bulb on hand; we've discovered they're easy to get at the beginning of the season and almost impossible to find later on when they're most likely to burn out.

We bought a couple of small chick-sized waterers and feeders years ago and use them...we start out with the smallest size and then move up in size until they are ready to go out with the flock and use the big feeders.

If you handle the chicks daily (my wife does this) the hens will stay friendly their entire lives which makes taking care of them lots easier...I can even easily give ours injections on the rare ocassions that they need one (like to treat bumblefoot).

Anyway, good luck and enjoy 'em!

Juliana    Posted 01-21-2004 at 18:01:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Kelly, you sure you aren't my sister? LOL!! I want to have a cow too. Maybe next place. I had my first chickens when I too, lived in the city. Had 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 pigeons, a muscovey duck, two canaries, a blue jay, a crow, about 25 mice ( for the friend's snake) and bottle feeding 5 squirrels and a goat! The last two were in my living room! Had the goat for a few weeks, the squirrels stayed all winter and were released in the spring.

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