Excited to be a new BYC member!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Colockumrider, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Colockumrider

    Colockumrider In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2014
    Hi! I am new to BYC, although I confess that I have been lurking around the site for a couple weeks. Very impressed with the layout, general ease of navigation, stories, pictures and videos, and great advice!

    I grew up with chickens, but moved to town when I married. Our city just recently allowed backyard chickens and I couldn't wait to start our very own flock! My husband took a bit of convincing, but when we found our "perfect coop" he completely baulked at the cost. My 9 year old daughter was so determined she organized, set up, and ran a yard sale that weekend, easily raising the money to buy the coop! How could he say no to that?

    Our first two chickens were a gift from a co-worker (of unknown breed) and were close to laying age. We named them Ginger and Iridescent. They took to us with as much enthusiasm as we took to them and quickly became a part of our family. My girls giggle hysterically when they come running to greet us, spend hours following them around the yard or simply sitting and talking to them, and cannot wait to get up early in the morning to feed them and check for eggs. Our first egg was a HUGE to do, generating intense excitement that easily rivaled that of a theme park visit!

    We added to our flock a few weeks later, with the introduction of a Lavender Orpington (Opi), and a Cream Legbar (Peep), both 8 weeks old. These two little girls are the primary reason I finally decided to be a member of BYC, instead of lurking in the sidelines. We lost both chicks, within a couple weeks of one another and in the course of frantic research, I stumbled across an incredibly informative (and easy to understand) post on the forums here, very accurately describing their symptoms in what I now believe was a coccidiosis infection. I am hoping to gain more knowledge and have better resources to help my family be better chicken guardians and hopefully avoid future tragedies.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So sorry you lost your chicks to cocci. [​IMG] This is very common in the brooder. But this is the place to be for all the learning and fun!

    Have you stopped by our learning center yet? Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

    Enjoy this wonderful new journey you are on and welcome to our flock!
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2014
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Glad you joined the flock and are no longer a lurker. Sorry to hear about your birds dying it is such an upsetting thing. Be sure to ask lots of questions every one here very friendly and informative. Good luck with your flock. :frow
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  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] So glad you have joined us. Chicken lovers need to flock/forum together. Sorry for your losses. I love my hens as much as my cat and any furry pet I have owned. Haven't suffered loss of chickens,but cats and dogs. When they passed, adopting new ones really fills the void.
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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

    I'm sorry for the loss of your two chicks. [​IMG]

    I hope your other birds stay healthy and happy!
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  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]

    I'm sorry for the loss of your two birds. [​IMG]
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    That is some 9 yr. old you have. Reminds me of when I was young and wanted a puppy. I found ways to change the "NO!" and ended up having a kennel, grooming business & show dogs when I was 20.

    Very glad to meet you [​IMG]
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  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. I'm sorry about the loss of your chicks, but you've got some really nice breeds. My Orpingtons are Buff, not Lavender, but Orpingtons in any variety are beautiful, calm and gentle, and good layers of large, brown eggs. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about the loss of your chicks :hugs good luck with the rest of the flock!
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  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry about your loss![​IMG]
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