Crazy Lurker from Sunnyvale, CA joins up!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChicChicks, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. ChicChicks

    ChicChicks New Egg

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    I've wanted a few hens for 10 years, but allergies to feathers kept me away from chickens. I "outgrew" my allergies, my neighbor got chicks and I started longing for my own hens. My neighbor told me about this site and you know you've got the bug bad when you're reading about chickens at 1:30 in the morning.

    I decided that I wanted happy, healthy hens from good bloodlines that were nice and laid pretty eggs. I started out wanting 3 hens. 2 Black Copper Marans and a Buff Orphington. Then I fell victim to Chicken Math and ordered 3 straight run Cottage Hill BCMs from Heaven Sent Ranch plus 2 Cream Legbar girls(blue eggs) a Welsumer girl and 3 straight run Lavender Orphingtons for Deann at Just Strutting Ranch. I figured that would give me about 6 hens which I have the space for in my small downtown yard.

    Chicken Math can really sneak up on you though. I won't bore you with the complicated story but 8 BCMs are arriving wednesday (a week earlier than originally planned) and 2 weeks later I'll get the others. In normal math that means 14 chicks.
    What am I going to do with 14 chicks? Do I need a second heat lamp? Can I have them all in the same brooder?

    I'm happy and scared at the same time. I know I'll be able to sex the BCM's by 6 weeks (I knew a cockerel that crowed at 4 weeks). Debi suggested I raise any extra pullets to point of lay (in BCMs that means 5-6 months). That means that I'll be able to sell off the extras and get back to a more manageable number.

    But what do I do in the meantime? Do I have to rebuild my coop? (3x4 henhouse with attached 4x9 run and 200 sq ft.yard) I am feeling kinduv crazy ("Well, 14 chicks-of course you're crazy!)

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and[​IMG] So glad you joined us!!!![​IMG]
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from Modesto! First off, I'm totally jealous of your chicks. [​IMG] Someone wiser than me will be along I'm sure to address the coop questions.
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I haven't raised chickens yet so I don't have any personal advice I can give you but [​IMG]
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Chicchicks, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us! I am also jealous of your beautiful birds! Good luck to you!!
     
  6. ChicChicks

    ChicChicks New Egg

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    Thanks for the welcome! Yes, my peeps will be quite special! I'm only worried about the number of them and the 2 week age difference. I want to do right by them.
     
  7. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC from NY[​IMG]
     
  8. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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    Greetings from Kentucky.

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  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  10. Extra Java

    Extra Java Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are ALL crazy for chickens here, you'll fit right in!

    You can sell off your extras or invite them to a dinner party. [​IMG]
     

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