Another Noob family

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kbuilta, May 10, 2016.

  1. kbuilta

    kbuilta New Egg

    May 10, 2016

    We're new to doing chickens anywhere, let alone in our backyard, but my wife thought this would be a great idea. We have them already - 6 chicks arrive 3 weeks ago. We had arranged for 3 Rhode Island Reds and 3 Buff Orpingtons but the source (a Farm and Fleet store) apparently mismarked the delivery and we wound up with 3 RIRs and what look to be 3 Barred Plymouth Rocks. Even noobs like us can tell that they aren't BOs since they are Black with selected white bits. But I think we'll be happy with the mixup anyway.

    Now building a coop with attached run that is predator-proof because there are a lot of raccoons in our area and we have seen foxes nearby, too. We live in an urban area but there is a large, wooded cemetery behind the houses across the street so wildlife abounds in town. We live in western Illinois so winters are cold but we understand these are pretty winter-hardy birds so we're not plumbing the coop to be a sauna for the chickens.

    We're a homeschool family with just our 2 youngest still at home but they're 16 and 17 so it's looking like when we become empty-nesters, the nest won't be empty at all!

    Anyway, this forum has been a great resource already, helping figure out what breed we wound up with, whether they're really pullets or not, and ideas for coops, etc...and we're looking forward to the adventure that's already begun.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Great intro - welcome to BYC.
  3. boosterpacksmom

    boosterpacksmom Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome :)
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - hope you enjoy being a member as much as the rest of us.

    Best wishes

  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC. You may want to join your state thread - just put Illinois in the search box and it will pop up. Likely will find other Bycers in your area. When your chicks are 6-8 weeks old you can post photos at "what breed or gender is this.", and get them sorted out for you.
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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