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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by troutchickens, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. troutchickens

    troutchickens Hatching

    Nov 28, 2010
    We're a family of four living in Southern California in the foothills above Santa Barbara. Last year we decided to keep chickens for eggs...and fun!
    Building the coop was our first adventure; a handyman we hired built the Taj Mahal of chicken coops out of beautiful reclaimed cedar siding. Not
    sure the chickens need an 8 foot roof, but it makes human visits much more pleasant. We currently have two adult silver laced Wyandottes, one gold
    laced Wyandotte, a buff orpington, three 10 week old Ameracaunas and a light brama. Sadly we lost two others while free-ranging them, both in one week.
    Somebody must have come back for seconds - we get fox, bobcat, etc, around here.
    My young daughter makes a tidy profit selling eggs to our neighbors, and we do love our chicken ladies. We are in the process of adapting the new ones to the
    established flock, so if anyone has some thoughts about this issue I'd appreciated it - we have been housing them in the same coop but with divided quarters.
    Just today we opened the divider between their scratch yards and there was a good deal of scolding and pecking. How much of this is normal and what should we be worried about?

  2. WELCOME to BYCs.I just love the pic of your little girl in your avatar.She looks so sweet makes me wish I'd had a girl in addition to my twin sons.
    I had a group of 11 laying hens this summer.I also had young chicks this summer,7 that I had to put together.I waited until mine were about 19 wks old before I put them with the hens.I didn't want to wait so long but I was nervous about the situation.Anyway mine worked out well.I think it helped to have several because there were too many to pick on.I did keep a watch but in truth that's been about 2 months ago and the younger group seems to keep more to themselves.
    I wish you luck and there are a lot of ppl here to ask questions of
  3. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
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  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Hi trout chickens, welcome to backyardchickens.

    Squabbles between newly introduced hens is quite normal. They are just establishing a pecking order and usually settle down pretty quickly.

  6. freezefamilyfarm

    freezefamilyfarm Chirping

    Nov 17, 2010
    Welcome! [​IMG]
  7. troutchickens

    troutchickens Hatching

    Nov 28, 2010
    Thanks for the welcomes...I'm just now leaving the divider open between the youngsters and the ladies...so far mostly scolding and rushing them. My 11 week old light brahma is almost as big as my adult buff orpington, so she can probably hold her own! Anyway, thanks!

  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio.
  9. mgw

    mgw Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Welcome, from Eastern Wa.
  10. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    [​IMG] from Mississippi.

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