First time chicken enthusiast!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Catgarden1, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Catgarden1

    Catgarden1 Hatching

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    Hey everyone ! My name is cat and I am about to get my first flock of chickens. I will be starting out with six Rhode Island reds. Is there any tips I should be aware of??
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congrats on the soon to be new flock! Definitely stop by our learning center. Kelsie has left you with the link. Lots of good articles on all kinds of things you will need to know about your new birds.

    Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I would definitely check out the Learning Center. Good luck with your future chickens!
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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

    Definitely check out the Learning Center!
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I've raised Rhode Island Reds in the past and you should be aware that while they are very hardy and excellent layers, they can occasionally be aggressive (particularly the roosters). Are you planning on breeding them? If so, I would advise keeping on one rooster and getting five more hens to go with him. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens as too many roosters will be very hard physically on your hens; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. With real gentle breeds, you might get by okay with a lesser ration than the 10 to 1, but with RIRs I would definitely stick to the recommended ratio. Also, if your rooster turns out to be aggressive, I would get another, more gentle one as you don't want to breed that kind of aggression into your flock. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your RIRs.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    [​IMG]Cat, welcome to Backyard chickens.
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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