so before i do, i could use some ideas on how to properly care for chickens. we are now the proud owners of two friggen chicks. seems on the farm that dh works at, one mommy chicken got attacked and eaten so there were 2 orphan chicks. since dear old dh ( @#$%^&) didn't want the baby chicks to die, he brought them home.
ok fine, i understand. i wouldnt want them to die either but they are farm animals and a noisy, smelly, dirty type of farm animal to boot. so i asked him what he planned on doing with them once they grew up and he would like to keep them. i asked him where exactly it was he planned on keeping them as chickens are not housepets. i was then let in on a little secret ...... they make diapers for chickens !! NOT FUNNY !!! after many words came flying out of my mouth, i calmed down enough to hear him say that he had no intentions upon diapering the chickens, just that someone he knows had told him this .... yeah right.
well we've had them for 2, maybe 3 months now ? in a cage made for a guinea pig, in our house. i am NOT thrilled with this, and am getting less thrilled by the day about it. so i need to know if couple month old chicks can be put outside now and survive the winter. and in what kind of house do i put them in outside so that no other animals get at them and eat them ?
besides all the logical reasons for not keeping chicks in the house, these chicks have caused a rift with the dogs. seems the natural guarding instincts have come out in my girls because of the chickens, and last night there was a seriously violent fight between salty and thunder because thunder came too close to the chickens cage.
so help ... please !
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Oh gosh, I don't know. Don't even get me started. Mine gave the baby popcorn the other nite. I almost died. Everything I tell him its like he does the opposite. He thinks I am a fanatic. He's right, I am when it comes to my babys. I guess they think they are doing the right thing but sometimes can really make bad judgements. Mine better know not to ever bring any chickens home. I would kill him. I guess just be glad he has a compassinate heart and loves animals. I am glad for that. Mine loves animals as much as I do. But I would find those feathered friends a new home real soon and tell him they flew the coop. Good luck.
What part of the country are you in? This is a factor in how warm you will have to keep their coop. Ideally, a heat lamp suspended from something, not too close to the ground will suffice to keep them warm. Since there's only 2 of them, you should be able to start off with a cardboard enclosure, and gradually make it bigger, depending on what you've got for a chicken coop. You can buy chicken waterers, they are available at feed stores. Feed them chick starter for now, and then you can switch to chop, or commercial chicken feed, a little later on. Make sure the heat lamp is suspended at least 2 feet off the ground;so they don't get too hot. The watering devices are either plastic, or metal, ( I like the metal ones) and they are cylindrical in shape, with a lip running around the edge. make sure they always have water at all times. You can use straw for bedding, or shavings, whatever you prefer. With only 2 chicks, it won't be big job to keep them clean. Good luck!
It will be hard keeping them from becoming a meal. Chicks make easy prey. Our chicken coop has a locking latch. So you might want to consider something like that where the door can be secured. They should be fine outside if you have a heat source. This to keep them from freezing.
Scout, my grandfather got three chickens, given to him. I remember a kind of stand off thing with the local wildlife, first few nights he had them, all of a sudden he also had a raccon visit. raccoons 1, few days later, Grandpa scared off a raccoon, Chickens 1
This went on for awhile. Grandpa thought it would be a great way to make a few dollars (eggs) while the chickens supposedly ate the bugs in the garden. Problem was the chickens were very selective and didn't like Grandpa's bugs prefering to snack on pieces of the garden, or scratch up Grandma's seedlings and just generally make a mess.
Maybe a month later, after yet another night of trying to outwit the raccoons, (yes the chickens were in a house, Raccoons are very industrious) Grandpa left for work, Grandma comes outside, grabs one chicken, Swings it around her head, grabs second chicken Swings it around her head. Two dead chickens. We had Chicken for supper, mashed potatoes, peas, fresh baked rolls, salad, pie.
Grandpa, "Eva this is the best chicken I ever had, what did you do different"? Grandma, "nothing Max, maybe it was their diet."
Grandpa went outside after supper, looked for the chickens didn't find them and NEVER said a word, nor did he ever bring home live chickens again!
Last year my daughter Tiffany brought home 1 chicken.
Her class had those chicken since they were eggs. She was in a 4-H-Project and the teacher told them they could take 2 home (there were about 24) if the parents would allow it.
First she asked me and I told her we got to talk to her dad thinking he will for sure say no. Guess what? I thought wrong. Now we are the proud parents of 1 chicken.
We live in TN and last winter was very cold, so we kept the chicken in a bird cage in the house. Soon the weather hit about 50 and we took the chicken outside on our porch. We took it back in at night. It works.
However our chicken is very noisy. At least at night it shuts up. ;-)
About 3 month ago I bought a bigger rabbit cage for the chicken and the chicken is sitting outside on our porch in a rabbit cage. We also have a bigger wooden house inside the rabbit cage.
We will take the chicken back into the house when it hits about 40 - 50, because we are afraid its too cold otherwise.
When my husband and I go outside to drink cappuchino, we let the chicken out in our fenced in area.
Sorry, Scout …….got hooked on your ‘strangling the husband’ line.
Pen’s suggestion is right on but if you don’t want the trouble I think irishacres’ ideas are great. Probably any farmer would also take them – maybe a local restaurant if you don’t like plucking pin feathers.
If i had a fence Id offer to take them, I want one of 2 chickens (fems) and a duck.
it kind of depends on were you live on what you should do. I can tell you what we did with our baby ducks. I dont think it would be much diffent.
If you have a garage take some cardbord boxes cut them and make a chicken pen, Put some hay down along with a chick water thing and chick food thing (my mother in law bought hers for $1) Do like pen said with the heat lamp. The chicks will move if they get to hot and they will go to the lamp if they get cold. It wont be a ton of work and I wouldnt dought if you started to like them in the end.
id be stoked if hubby brought home 2 chickens LOL.
Once I asked him for $12 he asked why i said I was going to go buy 2 ducks he said ok and left i like that. He came home from work and found 2 live ducks he freaked. I had told him I was going to buy ducks but he though I ment fake ducks. I looked at him and said why in the crap would i buy fake ducks?? He said Ell if i know why in the crap would you buy real ducks? Well dauh because they are cute and I figured raising ducks would be something fun to do with the girls.
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