From Mesa, Az. New to chicken raising

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lovmychicks, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. lovmychicks

    lovmychicks In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2012
    Born around 25th or 26th of September
    Got them on the 28th of September
    2 weeks and 3 days or so old now
    1 light brahma, 1 barred rock, 1 brown leg horn, 1 as they call her a meat chicken (2 times as big as the next biggest girl), I love them all so much already. They will be free range in my back yard it is very big lots and lots of shade. My boyfriend is going to build me a coop to keep them safe at night and a place to lay their eggs. He is getting into the chickens as much as I am now. He has been researching different styles of coops and the neat features this way we can just build the one we want that suits us and our for girls right from the start.
    When I got them they were all pretty much the same size except for Dumb Dumb who was quit smaller than the rest.
    Is it common for them to already be starting a pecking order?
    Lazy my meat chicken and my next biggest Houdini: light brahma seem to run at ea. other all the time now, they are not mean to ea. other (although Houdini does have to jump a little to try to bump beaks with Lazy) but where ever Lazy goes Houdini follows suit. It is funny b/c whenever they fly at each other my smallest Dumb Dumb: barred rock, likes to fly around at them too, but they ignore her and do not respond to her trying to instigate something. As for Chomper she ignores all of it and only follows if the rest get far from her.
    I know lots of info as it is my first time here and first time having chickens I am so excited. We named them all the first 2 days we had them and boy did their names suit. 2 were named the first 1 hour, Houdini b/c she tried to escape on the way home and got out of the box, then she was also the first one to perch and their indoor home I have for them. Lazy was just bigger then everyone and the 2nd
    day I found her eating and drinking water while laying down (last to perch), Dumb Dumb had her head stuck in the bar at the feed barn and that is why I got her she finally freed herself and landed on her but (a perfect fit for my crazy family), and Chompers well when on the ground the first few days she would peck at our toes and she likes to snatch the bread from my hand). So this is the beginning to my chicken story and already I want more.

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  3. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Hi and :welcome So glad you joined us!!! :weee
  4. lovmychicks

    lovmychicks In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2012
    Thank you for the welcome here is a pic from today

    This is just something temporary I made because they love being outside (only when I am home). I bring them out 2 times a day for a few hours total. But they are still indoors most of the time, as I do not have something safe enough for them yet.

  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Songster

    May 1, 2012
    Welcome to BYC
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

  8. Spikes Chooks

    Spikes Chooks Songster

    Sep 10, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Welcome from Sydney, Australia. I love the names you have chosen! And, yes, it is common for them to stretch up and wave/bang beaks, just testing each other, I think. Happy chick rearing
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, lovmychicks, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Great chickens names!! [​IMG] Best of luck to you!

  10. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Songster

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.

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