hallooo from Sacramento!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ainjul, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Ainjul

    Ainjul Hatching

    Jan 8, 2012
    So.... we want eggs. Delicious, delicious eggs. We are, Me, 33 years old and afraid of being pecked and of a chicken pulling out a blood feather (if they HAVE blood feathers?) Mom, 57 short, fear-dances around when chickens flap in outrage. Hubby, 48 WV boy who laughs at us because we think chickens are "wild animals" then there's Son a 16 month old who may or may not chase chickens should he see them. Are we doomed or is this something we can do with proper preparation? we can have 3 hens in our zoning. Ive checked out many, many books from the library, are there any threads on this forum, any books or videos that will help us? [​IMG] we really really want to do this, but i want to be well armed with knowledge first! teach me, o chicken masters!
  2. Howdy from Austin, Texas.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yes, you can do it. First, check out The Learning Center here on BYC (on the main entry page of the site).

    I was 55 when I got my first chicks AND built my first two coops. You will not believe how wonderfully your home-raised eggs will taste!

    Plus, chickens are excellent bug reduction agents. Earwigs are like CANDY to chickens, by the way. And they have niacin in them, so they're healthy treats! (Bugs are good sources of natural niacin.) Just be sure to toss a little sand or pebbly dirt in a small dish for them, because the exoskeletons need to be ground up with the addition of grit.

    Chickens aslo produce great fertilizer for the garden!

    I would recommend Bradshaw Feed, if you are going to obtain your chicks from a feed store. It's at Bradshaw Rd at Florin Rd. Wonderful, helpful, knowledgeable staff. Excellent supplies always in stock.

    I'll add my three "warnings" for new chickie moms (and dads):

    When you look in the brooder and they are all dead, do not have a heart attack yet. Tap the side of the brooder first - the chicks will wake up. They just fall asleep like that. Sometimes on their backs, or with their heads across stuff in the brooder (like laying their heads on the chopping block). They DO look dead, but they're just asleep.

    When you pick up a chick and feel a tumor on its neck, do not panic then, either. That's a full crop. The chicks are piggies and will stuff themselves. That crop will empty over night and be all normal again in the morning. Not tumors. Whew!

    When you see one or another chick on its side, kicking and twitching, it is NOT having a seizure. It may even flap its wings and roll over onto its other side to do it some more. This is dust bathing behavior in the brooder bedding. Perfectly normal. And very silly looking once you know what it is, which is NOT a seizure. Trust me.

    And a bonus, fourth warning: You will fall in love with them. This will not change even when they grow up into chickens and start to lay eggs. You will love them more. And I bet you will do a great big dance and run excitedly into the house, screaming with delight when the first one lays her first egg.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of keeping chickens!
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009
  5. Ainjul

    Ainjul Hatching

    Jan 8, 2012
    Quote:haha! thank you for the great info! :3
  6. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ

    If I can keep chickens in my backyard, anyone can.
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  8. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Songster

    May 24, 2010
    Ohio - Chickens 3yrs
  9. Orpy Lady

    Orpy Lady In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2009
    Welcome to this friendly siteSandy [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co

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