Brand new to chickens, totally eggcited

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Colorrific, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. Colorrific

    Colorrific Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all!

    My husband and I are totally new to chicken-keeping, although his grandparents had some on their family farm. We have ordered 7 chicks and will be picking them up in April. Hubby is designing and building the coop and run, I'm in charge of figuring out the brooding process. Planning to go with the Mother Hen heating pad for sure.

    This forum is so awesome, there is soooo much good information here, and people seem kind as well.

    So, we chose the breeds based on cold-hardiness, large sized eggs, dual purpose breeds, mellowness, decent layers, and prettiness, LOL. We ordered 1 Red Sex Link, 2 Barnevelders, 2 silver laced Wyandottes, and 2 speckled Sussex. I'm so excited to see the chicks and start caring for them that it's just not funny!

    Off to read more threads!
     
  2. sfaith102

    sfaith102 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whoooo! So glad your here! Have fun browsing the forms! :D :yesss: And :welcome :jumpy By the way, I love your username!
     
  3. Hope Hughes

    Hope Hughes Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Hello:frow
    Welcome to BYC!!
    So glad to have you here!!
    Thanks for sharing your story!!
    There are many people on here that are ready to help in anyway they can!
    The learning center also has alot of great information on it as well!
    Enjoy!:wee
     
  4. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

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    :welcome

    You've chosen some lovely breeds, I hope you enjoy them! I haven't tried the heating pad method to brood chicks yet but many others have and it's worked well for them.

    Best of luck to you with all your upcoming projects!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sounds as if you have done the proper planning to be successful in establishing your flock. Welcome to BYC.
     
  6. RollTideChicken

    RollTideChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be sure to account for more chickens...somehow even without a rooster flocks tend to grow in size.
    And.... :welcome
     
  7. getaclue

    getaclue Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome Colorific. It's wise to learn before you leap. The one thing everyone will agree on is to make your coop(s) and run(s) a LOT bigger than you first intended, or at least make them so you can add on easily. It may seem like it's too big at first, but in time, somehow, flocks grow. It's called chicken math.
     
  8. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member Project Manager

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    Hello and welcome to BYC!! It’s so nice to have you join us. welcome.gif

    This video may help with learning how to navigate this site.



    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of us. :)
     
  9. Colorrific

    Colorrific Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, everybody!
    Yes, we've read about the dreaded Chicken Math, and will be planning with that in mind! We do have room to expand if needed. I can see where this could become an addiction over time! :)
     
  10. Colorrific

    Colorrific Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!! :love
     

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