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  1. A

    So Pleased to Say Hello!

    Hello all! (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? I grew up on a small family farm and we had chickens, but it's been quite a few years since then. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? Zero. I currently live in a rental that has no yard at all and in a city...
  2. Willow2253

    Hello, new member

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? I'm fairly new, my family started our flock about a year and a half ago. My only experience before that was when my class hatched chicks in elementary school, or when our neighbor's chickens got over the fence into our yard. However...
  3. C

    Charlie's Hen

    Hello, I am Val and Charlie is our main rooster and official farm greeter. He is a Salmon Favorelle and knows that he is special. I am his main hen, do all his cleaning, feeding and general coop management. Charlie was one of our first chickens and he has been special from day one. He is not...
  4. BluebirdHomestead

    A few coop and run questions.

    My coop renovations are underway - I’m adding a hardware cloth apron around the bottom of the run, and adding hardware cloth over top of the chicken wire. This summer I’ll put a real roof, but for now I’m just going to use a see-through tarp over top and be sure to keep an eye on snow load. The...
  5. Drakisha

    Chicken breed

    I want to be sure on what breed this is since we've been told different things. I am still new to chickens and the 3 biggest turned out to all be roosters. The other 2 roosters are blue/grey australorps. So if you could let me know what breed this is, I'd be so thankful. :))
  6. D

    New Member Introduction

    Good Morning! I've been following BYC for months, learning from those who have posted questions and answers. Now I have a question of my own, so I thought I'd join and ask it! But first, the intro. We moved into our new house with two acres in February 2018, and within a few months purchased a...
  7. A

    First time winterizing

    Hey y’all. So this is my first year with ducks and I don’t know how to winterize their home. Right now I have two ducks ( Muscovy and I think Swedish) in a 54 sq ft run with a dogloo on a covered pallet and a short trough as their pool. We’re about to hit the cold season so what do y’all do to...
  8. christatothemax

    Old Barn into Coop?

    Hello everyone! This is my first post, aside from my introduction. Thank you in advance for your help in using my old barn for a coop... maybe? Pending your thoughts and advice! I am a complete newbie at this and appreciate your patience and help. I live in NW Ohio and have a fairly decent...
  9. S

    Newbie Introduction from Alaska!

    Hi everyone! I'm Sarah and I live in Alaska... I've owned every sort of animal out there except for chickens and I'm looking to change that! I'm wanting to become a "backyard chicken owner" and keep a few hens for egg-laying purposes only. So I have a lot to learn and discover! (1) Are you new...
  10. LizzzyJo

    What's Your First Piece of Advice for Newbies?

    What's the main thing you always have to tell new chicken keepers? What do you want them all to know at once? For me - it's convincing people about how much space chickens need to be happy. Newbies set up these tiny 2-bird coops from TSC and stick 15 chicks into it without thinking that they...
  11. C

    Anyone tried Samantha Burns Hoop Coop (Run Amuk Acres in New Portland ME)?

    Anyone tried Samantha Burns' Hoop Coop (Run Amuk Acres in New Portland ME) or something similar for a winter coop in a cold place? I am raising my first batch of chicks and am considering building this hoop coop to tide us over to Spring when I plan to build a wheeled coop something like Justin...
  12. cluckmecoop7

    Hey all you free-ranging newbies! Come look at this!

    I am completely new to free ranging, and I'm scared to death about predators! So, I finally found a great way to start out! This is what I do: I have a big metal old dog cage, which I use for my chickens. I catch a chicken from the run, and put her in the cage. I go back and catch her a buddy...
  13. nettech864

    New Member-Frequent Reader

    To make this easy, I think I will follow the template :) (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? YES!, We got our first chicks first week of April. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? We currently have 6 (5 pullets and 1 cockerel) (3) What breeds do...
  14. Canadian Chickens

    Bully Central

    Hello, Very new to the chicken world. We started with 9 Rhode Island Reds. Unfortunately, lost one to a hawk in the spring. Now 8 remain. There must be bullying in our coop, but cannot find the culprits! Some look pretty rough with missing feathers and most have their tails snipped short. We...
  15. A little Daffy

    It's true..I am a little daffy!

    Joined BYC today after visiting a few times and enjoying everyone's comments and information. I've wanted a few chickens /ducks for a while now but they are not allowed in the community. Although I have my share of birds, squirrels & ducks by default. Not to mention, for some reason people in...
  16. NordicWookie

    Ok so I finally signed up....

    I figured it can’t hurt to use this lovely place as a resource but I realized I should finally sign up and contribute, if I can. Northern Minnesota is where I call home. I’ve got a dozen lovely ladies that patrol my wooded home. It gets pretty cold in the winter. Last winter we had 3...
  17. R

    why does my ringneck keep pecking at me

    My ringneck dove keeps pecking at me from in and outside his cage he never did this be for he was very loving and cuddly but now he's being really mean i need some advice or something can anybody help me I'm very nervous over the hole situation but when i check to see if he has any signs of...
  18. LadyGagasAuntie

    Chicken Auntie!

    Hello all! I live in a house with my sister who has a flock of 5 hens of varying breeds. My favorite gal is a Sultan named Lady Gaga. :) I help take care of the chickens (feeding, watering and collecting their eggs in the morning.) The ladies are just over a year old and had been free-ranging...
  19. UrbanHenKW123

    Koop Clean

    Hi everyone! I'm new to the chicken world - I am also in Canada. I am getting my day olds tomorrow from our local hatchery. Anyone on here use Koop Clean for the deep litter method? It was recommended to me but I'm having a hard time finding it here in Canada. Any recommendations for an...
  20. F

    Love my chickens, until tonight

    Hi. My name is Catherine. We currently have 19 hens (mixed varuety) 1 rooster and 3 guinea fowl. I’m planning on getting Black Copper Marans, more cream leghorns and Swedish icebars in a few months because I apparently have a chicken addiction. They’re all from the same breeder, between 5 and 8...
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