I have fourteen now,only one of the shipped hatched and I had to help that one get out of the shell.it had a small hole for 36 hours and made no progress.Its small but I think it will ok.,I have a few more in the bator and will leave them for another day.This was taken yesterday
Had two out of 14 that had a little trouble,one had bent neck but with vit. and egg yolk it came out of it,and one was really tiny but its doing fine now,both of them I had to help hatch or they would have died.Sold 6 of them yesterday.
I am a brand new chicken owner. I'm getting three Buff Orps (their photos are attached). I don't have my chicks yet because my neighbor is raising them. She said that they would be ready at around 10 weeks. They are around 2 weeks now. While I wait for them, I've got to get a coop and other accessories. I also want to read everything I can on how to take care of my girls. Any advice on where to buy supplies, what to buy, and anything else that you think I need to know would be much appreciated. My biggest fear are the red-tail fox that run through my yard around 7 every morning.
Awww! So cute. Fluffy baby chucks are irresistible - and they grow up to be producers! Buff Orpingtons are among my favorites. My only advice is what you already know: build a coop that is predator-proof. Also let them free range if you have a safe area for it ( after 7 AM perhaps!) Pastured chickens lay the best eggs.
Wow! All these cute chicks! I was hoping to have some chicks this spring but none of my hens (also Buff Orp.) are broody... : (
We have our chicken's sleeping quarters in a large dog kennel that is covered on top and I close the door at night to keep out predators. We also have a good dog that will chase/ attack other animals that come in our yard. She doesn't bother the chickens, guineas or pigeon (shes just a mutt but a wonderful guard dog.)
Thanks for the suggestions. I have three potbelly pigs and was wondering if the fox would leave the chickens alone if I kept them in the pigs' pen (the deer won't go near the pigs). I guess it probably depends on how hungry the fox is. Otherwise, free range just isn't an option...the chickens wouldn't survive three days. I'll let them out when I'm working in the yard / garden, though, so they should get 15 - 20 hours a week out of their pen. Hopefully, that will be enough to keep them happy.
I was thinking about using cattle panel as a floor for their pen. If I cut one panel in half, it would make an 8'x8' pen, and the fox wouldn't be able to dig under. Has anyone on here tried something like that before? Does it sound like a good idea?
Ladypearl, the dog kennel sounds like an nice solution (I can get one of those off Craig's List). I assume that yours is chain link fence..can't raccoons climb in? I would love to see a photo of your set-up.
Are there any good online sources for supplies or am I better off just going to the local feed store or Tractor Supply?
I raise orpingtons and silkies,and I have to say I love the orpingtons,they are so pretty to look and good layers, and some are very friendly.I have found this breed so good with accepting new chickens.I put them in a pen where they can see them for a few weeks then open the pen up and they all are togather with hardly any pecking or chasing.These were young ones that I intergreated (2 months old)I buy my supplies at tractor supply and a few things from catalogs that I can`t find there like smaller heat bulbs for my heat lamps.I start my chicks out on start and grow then switch over to purina flock raiser only because I have so many different ages for awile and young roosters can not have that extra calcium that would be in the layer feed.You need a first aid kit for your chickens in case of emergancy.I keep blue kote spray,a antibiotic cream or spray without the pain killer in it,poly vi sol baby vit. without the iron,pkg of electa lites to mix in the water in case of stress and I have more things in my bucket but I have more chickens then you would have.You may never have to use any of these things but its nice to have them on hand just in case.You will have all kinds of question ask away everyone here will will try to answer as quickly as we can.Welcome to the world of chickens,WARNING! It becomes addictive,you will want more.LOL
Okay, I got brave (my neighbor made it look easy) and went ahead and got my chicks. Right now, they are sound asleep inside an old dog crate with shavings on the floor, a heat lamp, water and chick feed. The feed bag said that they could have grit starting at two weeks so I got them some of that too (everything came from Tractor Supply). My neighbor said they could go outside when they were 6 weeks. So I have four weeks to get a coop in place. Do they need anything else?
Green, thanks for all the advice...the first aid kit is an excellent idea.