1st time raising chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 1st Coop Hen, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. 1st Coop Hen

    1st Coop Hen Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2014
    Hi everyone,

    I was a wee little girl the last time I owned chickens with my dad.

    My husband and I just bought a house with a barn and pastures. We are going to start a hobby farm. My husband was raised on a dairy farm in Central New York. So I have a huge helper that knows a lot. However, he has given me the chickens and said have at it lol.

    We went yesterday and I picked out 2 pullets, 1 Red Star and 1 Black Star. 1 Rhode Island Red hen that he said has been laying for a month or so. And a rooster that I don't recall the name, I think it was Silky something or other, he has hair not feathers. The seller said he just started crowing a week or so ago, placing him around 10-12 weeks I guess from what I have read.

    I'm so excited to learn more about my new feathered/hairy creatures <3

    1st Coop Hen
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC! Yes, those Silkies have a coat of what does look like hair! [​IMG] They sure are cute. But they do need a bath once in a while, as they do get their feathers quite dirty.

    Good luck with your new lifestyle and it is great to have you aboard!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Silkies are very popular. There are several silkie threads on BYC put "Silkie Thread," in the search box and they should pop up. There is even on grooming and bathing silkies for show. Apparently a lot of birds like being blown dried gently and get to liking a bath as well.
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you in the flock [​IMG]
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  7. chicken-herder

    chicken-herder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2014
    Cape Town, South Africa
  8. Welcome to BYC from Southern California. [​IMG]
  9. 1st Coop Hen

    1st Coop Hen Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2014
    Thank you everyone for the welcomes!

    Not so sure I ever thought I would have to bathe the Silky. Good thing he's the husband's rooster lol

    Our Rhode Island Red layed her first egg for us 2 days ago. Thing was huge, not a double but it was big. Then I retrieved her second one this morning. I checked yesterday before they roosted but there was nothing. But it was there when I went out this morning. I think I'm ready for more laying hens. Having only one layer is getting boring lol

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