First Time Chicken Owner

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by truecloud, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. truecloud

    truecloud In the Brooder

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    Hello!

    We are first time chick acquirers, last weekend we purchased three Sundheimer chicks. Unsexed, hoping for a miracle. We purchased them from a local farmer aged one week old. We created our own brooder and have a heat lamp.

    We live in the Schwarzwald, Germany with our two sons and cat.

    Very excited to see our chicks grow up. Interested in learning about how to domesticate our chickens.
     
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  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. Congrats on your first flock - I'm sure that you won't regret it.

    Here’s a link to the Articles section - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/ There you’ll find lots of information on almost every aspect of keeping chickens - from coop building ideas, to incubating eggs.

    There’s a link on the page above to the Learning Centre - it’s a great resource. If you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best

    Pork Pie
     
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  3. LuvBantums

    LuvBantums Songster

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    Hi Truecloud and welcome!
    I have raised thousands upon thousands of almost every kind of chickens, but my favorites are my Bantums. My husband raises the large lay brown egg layers. We keep the larger chickens in a separate area from my bantums. They all have their own houses and a free range area, which is still fenced in for safety, but on a daily basis we let them out to roam freely and at dusk they return to their own homes. You would be surprised just how smart and friendly when they are happy chickens. When your chickens get older and you have a regular routine of their feed and water, you will start to see them so excited to see you and will come up to you. Some breeds are very stand offish and some just have that trust feeling about their owner. Don't get discourage if they are not domesticated right away. Keep your daily routine at the same time everyday and you will see how they will know and trust you. If there are one, two or even three that you notice being more interested in you and your family, I would just keep working with them and I have notice the others will follow. Good luck and always have the same routine.
     
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  4. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Addict

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    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow ich liebe deutschland :old
     
  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Did you candle today?

    Welcome to Backyardchickens.com aka BYC! :frow
    We are so glad you joined our flock.
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.
    This video will help you learn how to navigate this site:
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Food is the way to a chicken's heart. They love the bearer of edible things.
     
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