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Hello all!

 

My name is Autumn and I live with my boyfriend and 2 kiddos in Oregon on 5 acres. Our little farm is growing by the day, and I'm super excited that we've started keeping chickens.

 

Currently, we're brooding 10 chicks. While I hope they're all pullets, I have a sneaking suspicion that at least one of them is a roo (a cute little Polish cross that likes to strut around the brooding area and has some fairly long tail feathers coming in). Once we're done brooding, we'll coop them in a large shed-like barn that we've adapted with roosting bars. They'll be free range during the day after they've decided that's home. Then, when we're to the point of laying, we'll add the nesting boxes!

 

Any advice or "hey, I wish I knew this before" tips are always welcome and appreciated. I'm more familiar with the larger animals (cows, pigs, etc), and this is my first foray into chickens. While I've done a lot of research, I know that there is no substitute for all of the experience I can gather from others. :)

Poultry - 13 (+15 meat chickens who are unnamed)

2 Polish crosses - Elvis & Priscilla, 1 Dominique - Cruella, 1 light Brahma - Theo, 1 buff Brahma - Louise, 1 black Australorp - Bea, 2 blue laced red Wyandottes - Elsa & Lucy, 1 black sex-link - Ebony, 1 Barnevelder - Olive, 1 Welsummer - Harriet, 1 Bantam EE - Meredith, 1 Buff Orpington - Princess Buttercup

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Poultry - 13 (+15 meat chickens who are unnamed)

2 Polish crosses - Elvis & Priscilla, 1 Dominique - Cruella, 1 light Brahma - Theo, 1 buff Brahma - Louise, 1 black Australorp - Bea, 2 blue laced red Wyandottes - Elsa & Lucy, 1 black sex-link - Ebony, 1 Barnevelder - Olive, 1 Welsummer - Harriet, 1 Bantam EE - Meredith, 1 Buff Orpington - Princess Buttercup

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post #2 of 8

Hey, Miss Autumn.  ( I hey'ed you, now you've got to hey 

me back)

 

Most of our "Wish I knew this before" advice comes from

our "I won't do that no more" experience...

 

But hang on, cause farm life is quite the ride.

 

Spook

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Hey, Spook. (Now you've been hey'd back.)

 

I'm not new to farm life, so I know what you mean. I love the ride, though it's a completely different ride now that I've got my own farm starting and not the family's farm. Of course, I also try to come with the wisdom my age says it should bring with...we'll see how it goes. heh

Poultry - 13 (+15 meat chickens who are unnamed)

2 Polish crosses - Elvis & Priscilla, 1 Dominique - Cruella, 1 light Brahma - Theo, 1 buff Brahma - Louise, 1 black Australorp - Bea, 2 blue laced red Wyandottes - Elsa & Lucy, 1 black sex-link - Ebony, 1 Barnevelder - Olive, 1 Welsummer - Harriet, 1 Bantam EE - Meredith, 1 Buff Orpington - Princess Buttercup

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Poultry - 13 (+15 meat chickens who are unnamed)

2 Polish crosses - Elvis & Priscilla, 1 Dominique - Cruella, 1 light Brahma - Theo, 1 buff Brahma - Louise, 1 black Australorp - Bea, 2 blue laced red Wyandottes - Elsa & Lucy, 1 black sex-link - Ebony, 1 Barnevelder - Olive, 1 Welsummer - Harriet, 1 Bantam EE - Meredith, 1 Buff Orpington - Princess Buttercup

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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

 

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

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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 from Louisiana
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Hi Autumn and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. If age and wisdom are proportional, someone forgot the wisdom bit, in my case! :)

 

At this point, maybe you might wish to read up on moving your chicks from the brooder to the coop - just type "from brooder to coop" in the search box and have a read of whatever takes your fancy.

 

All the best

CT

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Yay,  Spook is here and Brent is back  :ya

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Nice to meet you Autumn, glad you joined us at Backyard chickens.   My advice is to spring for  1/2" hardware cloth instead of using flimsy chicken wire. Your birds will thank you.

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