Diving in head first from Iowa


In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 10, 2014
Hey all. So new to this site obviously but also new to everything else! Just bought our farm in February and am smack dab in the middle of clean up. Previous owners left the place a mess. But it's a diamond in the rough :) so it came with a Great Pyrenees and 13 barn cats and two more are preg :p anyhow got 8 chicks going so far (2 are copper marans, 2 austrolorps, and 4 unidentified :lol: and planning on getting about 20 more buff Orpington anyhow we will be getting rabbits in in 6 weeks and will also be doing meat goats and quail soon. So to sum it up I'm a stay home mom of 3 girls and a homesteader. Husband works full time plus more so I am going to be here with a lot of questions :frow

Chicks Galore3

Artistic Bird Nut
11 Years
Dec 16, 2011
I'm from Iowa too, as you can see. I have 23 chickens and 7 cats, though I want to be more self-sufficient in the future.


Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Feb 18, 2011
Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Wow, sounds like you are going to have a busy year! Congratulations on your new home and farm! Sounds like you have a nice little flock started, if you want to try and figure out what they are, you could post pictures on the What Breed Or Gender Is This forum https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this
Good luck dealing with all those cats, that sounds like a full time job alone.
You might also like to check out the BYC sister site, BackYard Herds, it has whole sections n goats and rabbits. http://www.backyardherds.com/
And the BYC Quail forum https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/48/quail
And don't forget to check out the BYC Learning Center, lots of good articles on all aspects of chicken keeping. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
And it is always fun to check out your state thread for chicken keeping neighbors https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/182/ia-here


BYC Staff
Project Manager
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Mar 21, 2011
New Mexico, USA
My Coop
My Coop

Welcome to BYC!

Congrats on the new farm! Sounds like a nice project for you and of course, what would a farm be without chickens!!! Kelsie has really left you with a lot of info to look through. If you still have any questions, that is what we are here for. Welcome to our flock and enjoy this new adventure you are on!!

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