1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login, otherwise join BYC here!

Hello, another new chicken fan here.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Deesel, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. Deesel

    Deesel Just Hatched

    23
    1
    14
    Jul 13, 2016
    Pinconning Michigan
    Hi, my name is Eric. I live in Pinconning Michigan. I just started messing with chickens this year...I shouldn't have waited so long!
    So in late winter I bought an incubator and incubated 4 different groups of eggs- with about a 50% hatch rate. Also hatched several Rouen ducks. I ended up hatching around 50 birds. We supplemented a couple of my buddy's flocks and I got my own flock of 8 hens, a rooster and 4 ducks. This has really been an enjoyable hobby so far and this forum has all the information I ever needed and it is very refreshing to have a forum that is civilized, without all of the typical internet obnoxious ignorance that I get on some other hobby forums. What a bunch of nice and intelligent people!
    Hello to all and thanks for the great wealth knowledge that is shared here!
    May you all have happy chickens!
     
    1 person likes this.
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    17,685
    2,990
    451
    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Eric

    Glad you could join the flock! Sounds like you are having a fantastic time with your flock and with incubation too. It sure is an amazing experience when the new life emerges from the egg :D
    It's great to hear you have found BYC so helpful and an enjoyable place to be. It sure is packed with wonderful and knowledgable members. Thank you for the compliment.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and keep on enjoying your time here :frow
     
  3. Deesel

    Deesel Just Hatched

    23
    1
    14
    Jul 13, 2016
    Pinconning Michigan
    Thank-you very much!
     
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I also was refreshed by intelligent and caring peeps here.... no trolls!

    Sounds like you are having a great adventure. I haven't gotten the guts to incubate yet (bought the bator a while back though). My rooms fluctuate temp about 10 degrees each day on average so I fear major failure.

    With the wealth of info available here, I am sure I have already saved the lives of some of my flock!

    I highly recommend fermented feed for nutrition and savings if you have the time or interest. Not sure how or if it works for ducks though.

    Best wishes!
     
  5. Deesel

    Deesel Just Hatched

    23
    1
    14
    Jul 13, 2016
    Pinconning Michigan
    Incubating was really enjoyable. My incubator came packaged in a styrofoam box. At first I used the incubator standing alone and had some issues with temp fluctuating. But then changed to putting the incubator back in the styrofoam packaging and the fluctuation all but became none existent. And this was in a wood heated pole barn that fluctuated temperature as much as 25 degrees easily thru the coarse of the day, in the early spring. My eggs actually hatched a couple days sooner after the better insulation (styrofoam). The egg incubation process is not as delicate as one would think. Haha I just figured I should be able to as good a job as a chicken. Good luck!
     
  6. yochickiemomma

    yochickiemomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    465
    53
    93
    May 8, 2015
    Michigan
    I take offence to the Troll comment I live under the bridge .......hehe no seriously I kind of do. :) I live about 2 hrs south of the Mac. bridge. Eric Im In your neck of the woods a few time a year.
    What breed of chickens are you raising?
     
  7. Deesel

    Deesel Just Hatched

    23
    1
    14
    Jul 13, 2016
    Pinconning Michigan
    Haha well Shrek and his wife seemed like nice people...
    I have 4 Isa browns and then a some barnyard variety including Wyandotte/isa brown/ black giant and ameruacana mixes. All strains have a silver laced Wyandotte roosters. And then I have three Rouen ducklings and one crested Rouen.
    So where do you live?
     
  8. yochickiemomma

    yochickiemomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    465
    53
    93
    May 8, 2015
    Michigan
    Near traverse city. I have 2 Icelandic and 1 Icelandic EE mix, and 7 hatchery mix laying hens, and a couple bantam cochin silkie mix and two turkeys.
    your flock sounds colorful. :)
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    84,499
    3,781
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    Welcome to BYC! I am glad you joined us! :)
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    81,069
    8,161
    766
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad to meet you Eric. Always room for more on the BYC roost.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by