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Hello BYC, I'm Dan

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by csharpdev, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. csharpdev

    csharpdev Just Hatched

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    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?
    First time having my own chickens, picking them up on Saturday. I've wanted chickens for awhile but until last fall we lived in a condo so it wasn't an option until now.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?
    Getting 8 Barred Rock pullets, 7 weeks old, on Saturday.

    (3) What breeds do you have?
    Barred Rock

    (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com?
    Been googling and reading about chickens off and on for years. Many of my searched turned up results from BYC

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?
    My main hobby right now is trying to get something resembling a homestead going. So far we've got a few fruit trees planted, some berry bushes, and a couple garden beds...and of course chickens on the way.

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.
    I have a wife, 3 kids (6, 4, 1.5), and a dog. My dad lives in an in-law apt in the basement. I'm a software engineer to pay the bills.

    I became interested in raising my own food after discovering Joel Salatin. My current chicken plan is to slowly (over 3 years) grow my flock to 18 birds and then buy 6 and cull 6 each year. I plan to sell excess eggs (we eat 6 - 8/day) to friends and coworkers. I'm also hoping to run some broilers next summer and/or pick up a couple of guinea hogs.

    I originally wanted a portable chicken coop but time and budget prevent such construction. I've borrowed a friends chicken coop instead and put up a 48" welded wire fence around it...probably about 85ft of fence in an odd shape. Electric fence wire near the top and bottom to hopefully discourage climbing over or lingering near the fence. I'll also be adding an apron around the fence to discourage digging under and making an awning of sorts with some plastic fencing to offer some protection from the hawks. Beyond that I'll be using electric poultry netting to extend their run temporarily in different directions. After the chickens have "tilled" an area I'll plant them a nice garden for them to self harvest later.
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome Dan

    Glad you could join us here! I've loved reading your intro and I wish you the very best of luck with your new chicks :clap Have you checked out the learning Center? Lots of super articles that will help you keep your new chicks happy, safe and healthy. Here is the link ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Be sure to ask any questions, everyone here to help you along the way. Enjoy BYC :frow
     
  3. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred Rocks are fun - Very curious chickens. I found them to be very friendly and sometimes mischievious.

    Welcome to the forum - lots of good folks with good advice to share.
    Caroline
     
  4. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey, Dan. Welcome to BYC :D
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Very nice to meet you Dan. Your security measures are well thought out.
     
  6. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Hey Dan and I am so happy you joined us here at BYC! You seem like a very good care taker and I think chickens will be a awesome addition to your homestead. I have a few links you should check out based on your intro that I think would be helpful for you to check out.

    1. Learning Center- This link is recommended by me to everyone because no matter how experienced you are you should always check out our learning center https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    2. Behaviors and Egg Laying- Your chickens will not be laying when you get them but in a couple months they will so make sure you check this link out when they begin laying https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/18/chicken-behaviors-and-egglaying
    3. Family Updates- This is not necessary but I like to recommend it if people want to post pictures of their flock. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/40/family-life-stories-pictures-updates

    I hope you enjoy BYC and I wish you and your flock the best of luck and have a great summer!
    Justin [​IMG]
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. csharpdev

    csharpdev Just Hatched

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    Some pictures of the chickens and their home.

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    I lost 2 chickens before I got the netting up over part of the run.

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