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This is the first time we've had chickens, so I'm researching the do's and don'ts.  I have two Barred Rocks, two Rhode Island Reds, one New Hampshire, and one mystery white chick with a couple of black specks on it. Out of the 2-3 dozen eggs in the incubator last week at our Extension FARMtastic event for children, this was the only white chick.  I've thought about raising chickens in recent years as several of my local friends have been talking about theirs, so this was the perfect opportunity to take some home and get started!

 

My husband (of 40 years!) and I live on the farm, and our children are grown with families of their own in other towns.  We have plenty of room for the chicks, but we also have many, many predators, so that will be one of the challenges.

 

I've already enjoyed reading the forums and educational files, so I'm looking forward to being a part of the group.

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Welcome to BYC!

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

You have come to the right place for all the help and fun! 

 

Once that white chick grows up a bit, you can post a picture in our What Breed and Gender section for more help with it's ID.

 

Predators sure are troublesome. Make sure to build your coop and run like fort knox. If you feel safe sleeping in there, then your chickens are safe. Predators have tons of time on their hands in the night and will work at something until they get in, knowing there is a meal on the other side.

 

As for free ranging, if you have too many predators, you may want to do supervised free ranging only. I have all kinds of predators too and can't leave my birds outside unsupervised. I let them out in a large fenced off area for a couple or few hours day, but I am always out and about in the yard or checking on while they are out there. The rest of their time they are kept in a very large run with plenty of room.

 

Make yourself at home here and we do welcome you to our flock!

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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post #4 of 9

:welcome  so glad you have joined us.

 

TwoCrows has given you excellent advice regarding predators.

 

If you haven't already done so, you should visit the learning center, there are so many articles there to help with raising and managing your flock.

 

Good luck in your adventure.

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Attention:  loads of contests to enter, pick your favorites and join the fun: post #1

 

 

Raising Hens in Georgia!  Limited experience, but a lot of opinions.  

Reintegrating a Recovered Hen to a Small Flock:

Don't be Chicken, Even a Cat Can Bake a Gingerbread House

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post #5 of 9

    and also a  Ft.Knox  run with cover -  you may benefit from running some electrified fencing just beyond your  coop and run.  It could change predator thinking before they have a chance to zero in on your flock.

 

 Birds that have never free ranged don't miss it.  If you free range, you have to accept that 'some" loss to predators is part of the picture.

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post #6 of 9

Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Two Crows has given you some excellent advice. X2 on sunflour; if you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.  

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Welcome to the BYC flock!  We are glad you joined us!

 

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Black Double Laced, Blue Double Laced and Splash Barnevelders

Silver Double Laced Bantam Barnevelders

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Swedish Flower Hens

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:welcome

 

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Check out all 11 new mini contests!

BYC Mini Contests - Win a 2017 Calendar!!

Deadlines for all is Dec. 11, 2016

You can't win if you don't play!

 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/creative-crafting-with-eggshells

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Hello!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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