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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by plottster, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. plottster

    plottster Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2016
    Deerfield NH
    My story…Last spring I made the mistake of letting my wife go unattended to the feed store. Much to my dismay, her and the children brought home 4 baby chicks…I was a little irritated because I knew what this meant for me. As much as she and the children claimed they would take care of them I knew the end result. The first few days went well but after that the chicks began to lose their “new” status. I began taking care of the feeding and cleaning, just as I had suspected. Take in to mind that no one had planned this out, we didn’t know how to take care of chickens, and we didn’t have a coop or run…nothing to hold chicks when they outgrow a storage box. It wasn’t long before the storage box could contain the little monsters anymore and I wanted then out of the house! I made a make shift cage out of chicken wire and lumber that we could keep in the chicks in the garage while we discussed what to do. About 6-8 weeks into this the babies were just getting to big for the makeshift coop and making a mess everywhere in the garage. I wanted the chickens gone! Somehow I was talked into building an outside coop and giving them a second chance. Chickens were a lot of headache and work up to this point and I thought for sure this adoption would end poorly. The coop was built with an attached chicken run and the chickens moved outside. Moving them outside and letting them free range changed everything. The chickens no longer required much attention at all and watching them was pretty funny. They soon began following me around the property and even flying up to sit on my arm or shoulder. It wasn’t long before I was ordering 4 more chicks to expand MY flock. I now think chickens make wonderful pets, they don’t require much attention, they don’t cost to feed much when they can free range and they lay the tastiest eggs. I probably would have never agreed to getting chicks if we had talked but it would have been 100% easier if we were prepared.
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  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. A little knowledge and experience can make a big difference in how we view things, and it doesn't take long when the experience goes well with chickens for them to worm their way into your heart. :eek:) If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Your story is very similar to mine :D I was scared to death of birds but my son and his Dad pressed ahead with their plans for chickens. Once Amy and Penny had arrived I found myself getting better with them, I took over there care in he end. They gave me the confidence with birds and as they say the rest is history. My flock grew and grew and I have not looked back since.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with yours in the future.

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  4. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    What a great story, thanks for the intro. I got a laugh out of "your flock" and ordering more! Those little stinkers sure can be addictive and it's so much fun watching chicken tv (and no commercials).

    I'm glad you're enjoying them!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC. So glad you stuck it out and got to the good parts of having chickens. Things should go much more smoothly with the flock additions.
  6. AlphaRooster

    AlphaRooster Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2015
    Glad you stuck with it.
  7. doc637

    doc637 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2016
    Welcome to BYC!
  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome - loved the intro. Even my wife who is scared of chickens actually likes them (from a distance) these days! It looks like you have been taken hook, line and sinker by chickens which is great!

    All the best
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  10. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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