Chicken newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kezia, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Kezia

    Kezia Hatching

    Jun 3, 2011
    Hi! My name is Kezia and I'm new to chickens and to BYC. So I'll be on here a lot looking up new information. Last year my dad and I got 3 white mystery chickens and 3 Golden Comets. I kept them till they were big enough to not get swept away by a hawk, now they stay at my dads. This year we got 3 Black Sexlinks, 3 Barred Rocks and 1 Rhode Island Red. I'm keeping four this year, the rest go join the others at my dad's. After my research of chicken breeds, I think the Barred Rock and Rhode Island Red will be my best bet for my first chickens.
    I've already had several questions answered on this forum, and I have sooo many more!! [​IMG]
  2. flnatv

    flnatv Songster

    Apr 7, 2011
    West Tennessee
    If you want lots of eggs... keep a SL
    BR are supposed to be pretty nice
    Heard (may be wrong... dont mind a correction) RIR can be pretty dominant... hard-headed... whats the best word?

    I don't have BR, but I have a Partridge Rock and she is sweet as can be... I also have BSL, not the friendliest, but well mannered.

    Hope I don't offend anyone about the RIR... they just don't seem as docile as what I would like....
  3. DaftaboutDucks

    DaftaboutDucks In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2011
    Hi I'm new here too...well have been lurkin for years.....We have Red & Black sexlink & columbian rock. Generally the red sexlink are the nicest, the black are the nicest looking bunch but they are a little shy. The columbian rock are kind of shy too ....however if you look @ their individual personalities we have a really friendly columbian rock that's not afraid to hang out with you.All of our chickens were handled a lot when chicks so they would be [email protected] least that was the premiss. [​IMG]
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama.
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  7. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Songster

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  8. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
  9. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. johnnyg07

    johnnyg07 In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2011
    north haven ct
    new to BYC too its my secxond day ...4th day with my hens...I purchased 2 Plymoth Barred Rocks about 1yr old and 2 Rhode Island reds(although 1 is a goldish tan color i thinnk its a RI too but not 100%) the RI's look to be about 6-8months old. I picked them up from a local liivestock auction heald every Monday. I got the breeds I wanted although couldnt help my self and baught 1 more than i had in intended but i have plenty of room and still left there under my $30 budget and think i got sum of the best looking ones (with the help of a few older farmers who helped out a 22year old firrst timer) heres my question..they are eating well getting along together and everything seems to be going great .. i have 2 acres and want them 2 roam freely but dont want them to run off into the woods that is behind the yard so i have keep them cooped in in the run and houes....they have gotten out 2 tiimes while i was changing the water but with the help of cracked corn and the fact they were less than 10 feet from the door i got them back in in about 10-15min(it was fun in a nervous way) long before they will know that is their new home and wont wander off and how do i gt them back in if i have to leave for a few hors......also and a more exciting question......the barred rocks are def. at egg laying age and the RI reds are there too if not maby a moth away tops........but how long (if there is an average answer) should i expect to wait until they start laying their first eggs in their new home....i have a double nesting box with pine shavings and have even put a golf ball in 1 and a plastic white egg in the other hoping that it will show them what the nesting box is for and maby give them some ideas........any help will be greatly apreciated....btw i am located in CT if anyoe is wondering.........thanks and i lookforward to the assistance

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