Greetings and introductions from a newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mockinghen, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. mockinghen

    mockinghen New Egg

    Apr 5, 2012
    Richmond, CA
    Hello BYC folks! I've been poking around this site since I got my three hens a year and a half ago, and had enough of a "situation" this morning that I finally decided to sign up and become a part of this community. One of my meeker hens has trouble keeping up with worm and calcium consumption, and her shells are very fragile. I've found a few broken eggs-- not eaten, just squashed-- and today she couldn't pass her egg. It was all squished up inside her and I had to massage it out. Not a problem to do that-- but I am not sure how to prevent this from happening again. Can you force-feed a chicken??

    Anyway, here are my introduction answers... Thanks for providing such a great resource! I hope to participate ongoing.

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

    I got my first three hens from a fella in Point Reyes in September 2010. They were pullets at the time, now they're full-on layers. They're awesome and lots of fun!

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?

    Three. I would like more in the future. They're silly.

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    Two rhode island reds and one barred rock.

    (4) How did you find out about

    A google search, I think. However, this site is referenced a lot on a homesteader list I'm on.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.

    I garden, lift weights, run, work for social justice, am a mental health therapist, and love vacations (even staycations). I have two cats and grow lots of food in my yard, and in the future would really like to raise rabbits for meat and increase my veggie and fruit production. I'd also like a few more chickens.
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Are you feeding primarily layer pellets?
  3. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    Well welcome to BYC ;) Hope you have fun, this site is amazing and trust me you'll become addicted, all in due time.
  4. mockinghen

    mockinghen New Egg

    Apr 5, 2012
    Richmond, CA
    Thank you!

    Yes, I feed them layer pellets or mash, supplemented with fruits and greens, and whatever bugs and worms and slugs they find in the yard. I crush up their shells and they eat those from time to time, as well as oyster shells. This particular hen is slower than the others, and while well-fed and "fat", doesn't seem to have structural integrity in her shells.

    Any thoughts are appreciated!
  5. CooCoo 4 Chicks

    CooCoo 4 Chicks New Egg

    Feb 29, 2012
    I just wanted to say I'm new too. I want to raise ducks and we already have chickens.
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
  8. mockinghen

    mockinghen New Egg

    Apr 5, 2012
    Richmond, CA
    Thank you! And welcome CooCoo too :)
  9. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Hello and :welcome
    You sound like a very busy person! I love vacations too, I'm actually going on one in two days time, so I'm very excited. :weee
    We had a really fat hen who would sometimes have problems with soft eggs too, oyster shell or crushed egg shell in the feed helped her with that. Although not being able to pass the egg, that's a little more serious. Perhaps you could post a thread in Chicken behaviours and egglaying? I don't know much about that particular subject.

    But good luck, and enjoy the site!
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

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