I am so excited I wanted to share with all our Rusty Duck Family!!!! On Febuary 27th I will be getting my chick babies….
I ordered from my local feed store 15 pullets or girl chicks. I would have loved a rooster but in my area I can’t support one.
We currently have Barred Rock, Rhode Island Reds, and Golden Sex Link or aka Red Stars…
We really loved the Barred Rock chickens.. They are friendly, fairly quiet, loving to all the family, and we have to say our favorites out of the breeds we have. So I ordered 5 Barred Rock girls!!!
I always loved the color of Buff Orpington and we have a family member that recommended them to us so we wanted to try them this season. I ordered 5….
Also I wanted to have something different….. something that would add a bit of fun for us. So I picked 5 Araucanas aka Ameraucanas aka Easter Eggers. They lay different colored eggs like green, blue, pink. Think about that… No dying eggs for Easter… heehee
All of the above and below images were online. The eggs were from backyardchicken.com except for my box….
Here are a few steps you can do to get ready for your chick babies…. This is what I did for my new girls that are coming in a few days…
1. Get a big box… Depending on how many your expecting you need quite a bit of room for them. This is a box from a new appliance we got a few months ago. It is about 27 inches x 24 inches and 24 inches deep. As you can see I had to modify the box because it had one end open. I used duck tape to create this box for my new chick babies… You will need to get larger boxes as they grow. Also have a way to secure the top because they will jump up and out.. My husband will be building a frame with chicken wire that I can place on top. He also will build me a roost for them. He loves chick babies…. heehee
2. Get plenty of Chick Starter Feed. Decide if you want medicated or unmedicated Medicated feed will help prevent coccidiosis, a disease that is found just about everywhere in the environment. Most medicated starter feeds contain the medication amprollium. Amprollium does not *treat* coccidiosis, but it helps the babies fight off cocci oocysts while they develop their own immunity. Its up to you! They will need to be fed this special chick baby food for about 8 weeks.
3. You need soft bedding for them.. I used small pine shavings. You need to at least change out the bedding 1-2 times a week depending on how many you have. I also use the larger shavings in my coop.
4. You also need a waterer and feeder that is made for the chick babies. You don’t want them to drown in a large kitchen bowl.
Get all your supplies ready for that special chick day!!!!!
I hope you liked this little bit of information on getting ready for your new chick babies….