first time chicken owner

  1. M

    Rooster or hen?

    First time chicken mama here! Our 9 Buff Orpington are almost 7 weeks now. Not sure if this little lady is maturing faster than the others or if she’s possibly a rooster, any votes?
  2. Oldhallchicks

    First time hatching eggs!

    Hi guys! I’m new to hatching and BYC. I’m like a first time mum with eggs in my incubator! I needed a place to share my chicken excitement because even my husband and kids aren’t as excited as I am about our new chicken family! I’ve got 5 speckled Sussex eggs from eBay, 5 Brahma (3 light 2...
  3. Hippiechicklover

    Scared Silkie

    Hi everyone! First time chicken owner here. I have a flock of 4 at about 3 months old. I’ve had them since they were two weeks old. I’ve handled them daily. I have a silkie in this flock and since day one she has been petrified of me. She’s also... really dumb. She takes forever to figure out...
  4. SophiaLinn

    New baby chicks arrived

    Just got my first ever batch of chicks yesterday. Basically spent the whole day watching them, they’re so cute! We have a buff orpington, a black australorp, 3 golden laced wyandottes, and 3 americaunas. Unfortunately only the orpington and australorp survived the shipment from their hatchery...
  5. MamaGer8ty

    Is it ok if they stay in the run?

    I am a first timer here so please go easy on me! We finally finished our coop and run. The chickens all love it outside in the run but won’t go into the coop. I tried putting them in the coop first and they all just ran out. I’ve even moved their food and water to inside but they won’t go in and...
  6. mrswright091716

    First Timmers from PA

    I am so excited to have come across this site. I lived on a mini farm and raise chickens, ducks, geese, and goats. I love that feeling skipping down to the chicken coop and seeing how over joyed the chickens would come dancing. After my parent divorced our farm got smaller smaller. I moved out...
  7. M

    Just started my first back yard flock!

    We just got 4 chicks to start our flock in Michigan! We are looking forward to having the chickens and learning how to be successful at raising them 😊 Any advice and tips are much appreciated! I’m glad to have found this group, so great for questions and information!
  8. C

    First time chick owners in Salt Lake City, Utah!

    Hi! We are Shan & Andrew and have been thinking of getting chickens for awhile now. A month ago we finally bit the bullet and last Saturday our babies arrived! We have Ameracaunas (sp?). Supposedly they're guaranteed to be girls, but we'll see. I don't want to jinx anything but so far...
  9. C

    New Chicken Mom

    After 7 years of talking about it, I finally had the time during the quarantine to take on a new project so we got chickens!!! We got 3 chicks from Rural King, a Cream Legbar, a Buff Orpington and a Dominicker. We've had them 1 week in a diy brooder in the garage. So far they all seem active and...
  10. C

    Putting the pieces together!

    Good evening, Chicken friends! I'm very excited to be starting a small backyard flock here in Raleigh, NC. My biggest stipulation when we bought our new house was room enouch for a coop and run, with the ability to free roam when we're home. We moved into our new home in November but actually...
  11. HarleyBarley

    Barnevelder, Yellow Vent

    Hello all. First time owner here. I raised my girls from chicks and we're in our first laying season. I have 2 (maybe 3, her feathers are an odd pattern) Barnvelders, 1 SLW and one EE. I was giving a few of my girls the once over and noticed that my Barnvelders have yellow vents. Should I be...
  12. R

    Giving chicks away after hatching

    I have a young son, and I’m thinking it could be educational to hatch some chicks or ducklings. However, I don’t want to have a flock. So I’m wondering if it’s considered acceptable to hatch chicks, raise them until they’re transportable and then find a new home for them with someone who has a...
  13. Caryar18

    New member and chicken owner!

    Hello my name is Carleigh and my husband and I recently bought 2 week old chicks in which are now 5 weeks old! I know I have two assorted Wyandottes and the other two I am unsure. Tonight is their first night outside full time. I have been keeping them out during the day for a week. I live in SW...
  14. montanafarmlife

    New Chicken Owner Here!

    Hello everyone! I'm a brand new chicken owner and proudly raising 6 hens ( 3 barred rock and 3 light brahmas ). I just found this website through a google search and am looking to share my story with other chicken owners and learn about how to best take care of these chickens . Thanks...
  15. montanafarmlife

    First Time | Chicken Hens

    Order chickens online they said. It will be fun they said… So we did. We went to craigslist and ordered six starter pullet hens of two different varieties. Three Light Brahmas and three Barred Rock hens. We got our coop cleared of wasp, and set up an electric fence around the perimeter of the...
  16. L

    first time chicken owner

    hi. we are first time chicken owners and when purchased were 99 percent guaranteed they were all laying hens. they are about 4 1/2 months old and one is laying eggs already. just cracked an egg open for the fist time this morning and from what i've read online, it looks to be fertilized which...
  17. BrittChick15

    First Egg Ever!!!!

    Chicken friends!!!:wee I’m so EGGSTATIC! :celebrateMy blue girl laid her first egg for us today!!!:woot It’s so tiny! Will they get bigger as she continues to lay? Pictures attached! :fl
  18. Cassy8604

    1st time Easter egger owner

    My cousin recently give me five Easter egger and I'm new to the whole chicken thing. I've tried reading up one how to tell a hen from a roo, but in all honesty I'm more confused then ever. Can some one please share their opinion about what sex my chickens are? Any other tips would also...
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