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foster a flock and getting my own!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by backyardmomma, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. backyardmomma

    backyardmomma In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2015
    northern California
    Hello this is the first real year i am starting my backyard homestead. I have been around and worked with live stock off and on most my younder years. We spent 3 years co raising chickens for my old neighbors. I did most the work. Miss it so. In a day or two i am fostering a duck, a rooster, and four hens. For three days best case and months worse case. My friends are in a crisis and i am the only experienced friend they got. I have shared my knowledge the whole time. The hens are fairly close in age a mixed flock and been laying 12+ eggs a week. I get to keep all eggs and am making a incubator and a brooder. So i can set up my flock for free. Now i haven't raised chicks or incubated before. I am planning on raising meal worms starting next week and will look into fodder system before hatching as well. My goal is to by little to know commercial feed. So far the now chicken pen which is 2/3 asphalt and 1/3rd dirt has tall grassy area in the dirt. I covered the asphalt with deep leaf litter today made sure there was plenty of fine gravel. I have tons of it around my house. I have sand i can spead out as well or should i save it for my future chicks? And area will be covered. They have food and water dishes and straw feed and strach. Have i forgotten anything and what are your general thoughts. I know thats a lot but still learning the site and i don't have much time. But i am all about doing right.
  2. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] x2 on the Learning Center articles. There are some on incubating eggs, raising chicks, coop and run maintenance and loads more. It sounds like you are off to a good, well thought out start though and doing research before taking the plunge is a wonderful idea!
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home! x2 on all the great advice given to you!
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

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

    You sound egg-cited to get started!! Definitely stop by our entire learning center. There is so much information there to help you get started and properly raise your new birds.

    Make yourself at home and if you have any questions along the way, you know where we are!! Welcome to our flock! :)
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  7. backyardmomma

    backyardmomma In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2015
    northern California
    Thanks for the warm welcome and thanks for links and tips to the learning center i scowered it last night so damb egg-cited that i couldn't sleep lol two days or less can't wait.
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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