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An introduction

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by townchicks, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. townchicks

    townchicks New Egg

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    Hi, I wanted to introduce myself. I am new to chickens,although I have been thinking about getting some for many years. In September I bought two 8 week old easter egger pullets, and I am in love. I named them Agatha Christie (Aggie) and Harper Lee. I live in the suburbs in the San Francisco bay area, and the chickens are strictly pets, but of course the eggs will be greatly appreciated, when they come! I am eagerly awaiting them, anxious to see what colors they will be. I am hoping for blue or green, but I'll be happy with whatever comes.Neither my husband nor I are very handy in the building department, so I ordered a kit coop with a small attached run area. I did manage to build a functional, though not very pretty extension for their run, from PVC and hardware cloth. I also move them around the yard in a dog x-pen with a cover on it, for some variety. The plan is to let them range in my fenced yard when I am home, but I don't trust my dogs with them yet. I've been lurking on this site for a while, and I've gotten so much good info from all of you. I figured it was time to join the family! Hopefully, I'll get some pictures posted, I'm not so great with computers either.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. This site becomes easier with use - it's really pretty straight forward and 'houses' a great poultry community.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congrats on your new hens! Cute names too. :)

    Have you stopped by our learning center yet? Lots of helpful articles that will help you with your new girls from feeding, treats, health and protecting them.... https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Many dogs see chickens as a meal and they can be difficult to train this out of them. So be very careful with the dogs. You might stop by a few of these threads on helping to train your dogs properly, just keep in mind, not all dogs learn.... https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=training+dogs+not+to+attack+chickens

    We are so glad you could join our community! Feel free to ask any questions you may have and welcome to our roost! :)
     
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    Hi and welcome to our growing community of chicken lovers! [​IMG]
     
  6. townchicks

    townchicks New Egg

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    Thanks for your recommendations. I have checked out the learning center, and will be going back, too. Don't worry about the dogs, I am taking all precautions to protect the girls. I do have a lot of training experience, and some close friends that are dog behaviorists, if I need help. I am not worried about my McNab, he is old, and barely gave the hens a glance. The mutt is the one I need to work on, and we are going nice and slow. I also have no illusions about having a "peaceable kingdom" here. If I am not 100% confident, he will not get to be with them. Dogs will be dogs. Plans in the works for a much larger run, if freedom in the yard is not an option.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. Dabloos

    Dabloos Just Hatched

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    I am also new to the forum as well as owning chickens. So much information here! I'm hooked ;)
     
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
     
  10. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Sounds like you have a good handle on the dog/chicken situation and that's great!
     

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