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I'm a crazy cat lady. I have 10 inside. New Year's Day I look out to my back yard & see 4 chickens. They found the black oil sunflowers seeds the birds dropped. They roosted in my pines at night next to my bedroom window. What a wake up call!!!! After 5 days I bought them chicken food, put an ad in the Penny Power for found chickens with no response. I was deciding whether to keep them. I also have many flowers beds which is what I do all spring & summer. I ordered a little chicken coop online. It came 2 days before the blizzard, my nephew put it together that night. They next day a niece & her 2 boys helped me catch them & put them in their coop. Got 22" that Saturday. I left them in for 4 days like I read you should. I had dug paths across the back yard to feed the birds & outside cats & chickens. When I let them out they were quite surprised to see all that snow & stayed to the paths. I had to catch them for the next 2 nights to put them to bed but since then they're hanging around their house and I just have to shussle them in.

I have a rooster that I think is a black copper marans and is named Archie, a black hen that I think is  an ancona that is named Regina (Reggie), a tan hen that I think is a brahma that's named Betty and a gray hen that I think is a brahma that's named Veronica.

I'm already thinking of where to put the fence so they stay out of my flowers.

They are very entertaining to both me and my cats.

 

Why do they stand on 1 foot every once in awhile?

I've been getting 1 tan egg most days. Today I had a surprise when there was a pale green one. Which one would have laid the green?

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. We have 5 cats in our family. :o) The pale green egg came from an Easter Egger in your flock. Most likely it will have a pea comb rather than a single comb. If you google Easter Egger chicken in Google's images you can probably find a photo of one that looks like one of the birds in your flock. 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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Hi and :welcome Congratulations on your unplanned chicken adventure. Chickens for sure, can make a bit of a mess of your flower bed, so building a run for them would be ideal (and also protect them from predators). Theres lots of info on building runs in the coops section as well as threads on the same topic also. 

 

All the best

CT

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And that's an interesting way to get into chickens.

 

(Just be glad they weren't elephants or something)

 

But they can make a bit of a mess in the flower beds...

probably not as bad as elephants...

 

 

Welcome to the the nest.

 

 

Spook

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Hi,

I'm a crazy cat lady. I have 10 inside. New Year's Day I look out to my back yard & see 4 chickens. They found the black oil sunflowers seeds the birds dropped. They roosted in my pines at night next to my bedroom window. What a wake up call!!!! After 5 days I bought them chicken food, put an ad in the Penny Power for found chickens with no response. I was deciding whether to keep them. I also have many flowers beds which is what I do all spring & summer. I ordered a little chicken coop online. It came 2 days before the blizzard, my nephew put it together that night. They next day a niece & her 2 boys helped me catch them & put them in their coop. Got 22" that Saturday. I left them in for 4 days like I read you should. I had dug paths across the back yard to feed the birds & outside cats & chickens. When I let them out they were quite surprised to see all that snow & stayed to the paths. I had to catch them for the next 2 nights to put them to bed but since then they're hanging around their house and I just have to shussle them in.

I have a rooster that I think is a black copper marans and is named Archie, a black hen that I think is  an ancona that is named Regina (Reggie), a tan hen that I think is a brahma that's named Betty and a gray hen that I think is a brahma that's named Veronica.

I'm already thinking of where to put the fence so they stay out of my flowers.

They are very entertaining to both me and my cats.

 

Why do they stand on 1 foot every once in awhile?

I've been getting 1 tan egg most days. Today I had a surprise when there was a pale green one. Which one would have laid the green?

:welcome    Welcome, sounds like you have an Easter Egger in the bunch.  Can you post pictures?  You can either use fencing to keep the chickens away from the flowers or you can get low decorative fencing wire or wood about 18 inches high to encircle the flower beds which will also keep the chickens out of them.  I've found the chickens don't do much damage.  Mostly if I see them messing things up from scratching I'll use a broom to sweep the mulch back.  We do have 18 inch fencing around our vegetable garden.

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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 join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. I have always found, the pets that choose you, are the best. smile.png Good luck with your chicken adventure.
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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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

 

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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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They may be standing on one leg because your temperatures are LOW, and this way they can warm one leg at a time holding up.  In your coop  do you have a roost bar for them, so they can fly  up and sleep on it?  It gets them off a cold floor. Chickens like to lay their head over their feet at night - to keep them warmer.

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