Hello all!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AnnaLK, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. AnnaLK

    AnnaLK Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2017
    Texas, USA
    Hello everyone! A forum really helped me with my pet hedgehog, so I thought I'd give this one a go!
    Anyways, my name's Anna. I'm currently in high school, and I'm hoping to get a few chickens once I graduate in June. Mostly for eggs, and as a project to keep me busy (Any other person would want an expensive trip or a car. I just want some chickens :lol:)
    I have experience with other livestock; I've been riding horses for 13 years, and showing for 7. I'm also raising my third market pig for FFA. I was planning on doing chickens through FFA too, but that fell through when my family found out we had to keep 50 of them in the garage!
    I still want to try some chickens, but just four of them. I have a friend that keeps them, and he kinda got me into them too, and has taught me some of the basics.
    Again, it won't be until the end of June that we get them, so I'm trying to do as much research as possible between now and then. So far, I've decided between either Buff Orpingtons or Black Australorps. I have a three year old nephew who is over at our house a lot. He loves animals, and loves to help me with the pig, and when I feed horses. Which would be better for me as a beginner, and for my nephew to learn about too? One last thing, I have two Labradors. One of them is very laid-back and won't be much of a problem, the other is very curious about new things. My parents are worried he'll kill one of them at some point. Is it possible to desensitize and train him to leave them alone? Thanks for any help! I look forward to learning more!
  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Anna [​IMG] Welcome!

    I recommend a visit to the Learning Centre; lots of good tips there: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    and some great coop ideas here if you do not already have any: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    Finally, Dogs & Chickens were a Topic of the Week and you might find some helpful tips on this thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1137009/topic-of-the-week-dogs-and-chickens

    Best wishes!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Anna, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Looks like Teila loaded you up with some great research links so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great links from Teila already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. Ncgatorlady

    Ncgatorlady New Egg

    Mar 4, 2017
    I'm new here (officially just signed onto the forum) but not new to the site. I've been a chicken "mom" for about three years now and the site has helped me quite a bit. I have a variety of hens. The Buffies are super cool chicks and I highly recommend them. They are very loving and GREAT egg layers!! Good luck!
  7. shearches

    shearches Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2017
    Commerce, Georgia
    Hi AnnaLK!
    Don't think you can go wrong with either Orpington or Australorp!! Ranked #1 and #2 on this site!! I'd so go which ever you think is more visually pleasing:)
  8. N F C

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

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Anna, it's nice to have you here!

    I'd recommend getting both...that will give you a chance to see the differences in personalities, feathering, etc. They'll get along just fine raised together and would make a pretty flock. While you're doing research, look up information about how to deal with broodiness because both of those breeds tend to get that way.

    Best of luck to you!

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