And soon we'll have chickens....

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mama Ann, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. Mama Ann

    Mama Ann New Egg

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    Hello All -

    My name is Ann, and I'm new here. Two months ago, chickens were not even in our future plans. However, 4 children 9 and under....specifically my 3 and 5 year old little girls, began to bother me for chickens. Meanwhile, friends kept telling us how "easy and fun" chickens are. And finally, last Sunday, a lady from church walked up (without knowing any of the above), and asked if we were interested in having her chicken coop and 9 month old chickens. (She lives in the city and her family was tiring of them.)

    She is giving us a Snaplock Formex Chicken Coop, and 7 chickens, watering equipment, and a feeder.
    However, outside of that, I'm not sure where to begin!

    We live on a couple of acres and could put up fencing as needed. I'm not wanting the chickens to wander the whole yard.

    Thanks in advance for any tips! I'm a city girl, and have never had chickens!

    Ann
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] It sounds like chickens were meant to be for you? Welcome to the hobby, you will love it, promise you! Have a browse through the Learning Center for a crash course in chicken keeping. We have articles on all sorts of chicken related topics there, from raising chicks to keeping them safe from predators. Enjoy your new venture and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. We're here to help.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Also please visit the Raising Backyard chickens forum above. That and the Learning center will give you a sound foundation for starting your chicken adventures. Please do NOT use flimsy chicken wire. It is easily torn or chewed through and pushed aside by predators . Please use 1/2" hardware cloth instead. It costs more but, lasts much longer and is a secure barrier if installed correctly.

    If you have other questions - please just ask. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
     
  4. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Good morning and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I love it when kids get interested in birds. They can learn so much and chickens really are fun for everyone (plus the eggs are great of course). sumi and drumstick diva have given you good advice. If you have questions, feel free to ask.
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Definitely stop by our learning center for lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry.

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on and we do welcome you to our flock!
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC, Ann! Glad you decided to join our flock. Raising chickens is a great experience for children. My granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) loves our chickens. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens did you get?
     

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