A beginning chicken caregiver

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by msmrcchickenmom, May 26, 2016.

  1. msmrcchickenmom

    msmrcchickenmom New Egg

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    Hi, my name is Patti, and my sweetheart is the chicken expert.I'm taking care of his chickens.Right now I have only hens, which I have named. I think that's the first step to taking care of an animal. They are so pretty, and sweet and very well behaved.
    The way the coop is fixed, I can't visit with them up close, so I just talk to them and hand them in what they need.
    I'm feeding them cooked oatmeal and potato flakes sprinkled on top. I have some sunflower seeds, too. The only
    Finally. There's a break in the rain, so I think I hear some chickens calling me to share my culinary delights with them.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hi, Patti, welcome to BYC.
     
  3. msmrcchickenmom

    msmrcchickenmom New Egg

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    Thanks! I feel more confident in my chicken rearing abilities already since I'm in the company of many chicken experts.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Patti and [​IMG] - glad that you have joined us.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.


    All the best
    CT
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Those culinary treats sound wonderful, but they should be fed a minimum of 90% of formulated chicken feed with the treats as an extra.
     
  7. msmrcchickenmom

    msmrcchickenmom New Egg

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    I think my hens are nine months old and maybe pregnant. I have no idea what kind of feed to buy them when I get paid on the third of June. Any ideas?
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If you don't have a rooster your hens could not have fertile eggs (pregnancy of sorts). They will just lay non-fertile eggs which is the kind most people want to eat. If they have been laying eggs they need to be on a chicken feed for layers - they also need a separate holder for crushed oyster shell which they will eat free choice, if they need more calcium.

    Calcium is important so their eggs will have good, firm shells. Since you are a newbie, I recommend you head for the Learning Center above, and begin your chickens education. after awhile you will impress your sweetheart.
     
  9. msmrcchickenmom

    msmrcchickenmom New Egg

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    Thank you for the info Drumstick Diva! I hope he will be impressed.
     

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