Hello Everyone....

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dewtattoo, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. dewtattoo

    dewtattoo Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 23, 2017
    Modesto, CA
    My Coop
    I've already introduced myself in the Central California thread, so I thought I should swing by here and say hello to the rest of the community.

    My name is Steve, and like I said, I live in Central California (Modesto to be exact) with my fiance and her 11-year-old son. We are new to raising chickens.

    I've been researching online, and watching more chicken YouTube videos than I care to admit, but I wanted to make 100% sure that this was an adventure we would be willing to take before we took that first step. Last Saturday we took the plunge. We started our clutch with 4 chicks. We have a Black Australorp, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, a Barred Plymouth Rock, and a Speckled Sussex.

    Here is a pic of them on their ride home from the feed store.

    We have had them for 4-days now. Their little wing tip feathers are starting to develop. They are super cute.

    Currently we do not have a coop, but I have already drawn up plans for a nice structure that will look handsome in our backyard while being functional. I have a wood shop at home so I already have most of the materials for the coop.

    I based my plans off of this coop that I found online.

    I plan to make a few modifications. I'm going to split the door in half and screen it, so that I can open the top half of the door on warm days for ventilation. I also plan to add a second window on the back wall, both of which will be able to open for ventilation. I will take lots of pictures as I go, so that I can share them with you all. My fiance asked me to add a little flower box beneath the window so that she can plant some pretty flowers. I've been a carpenter for the majority of my life, so this little structure will be super easy for me. I'm really looking forward to getting started on it.

    We are super excited about this new journey and we look forward to the day that we have our first eggs.
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings rom Kansas, Steve, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Looks like you are well on your way to chicken happiness. Like your coop plans and your littles look happy and healthy! For general reading on chicken rearing I suggest checking out the Learning Center. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hi Steve, nice to meet you. I can think of a lot of us who would love to have a live-in carpenter. Hope you will post photos of your build - we love to see things grow from bottom to top.
  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Steve, thanks for a nice intro and pictures of your chicks (super cute). That's a nice looking coop! I like the idea of being able to open the top half of the door and the window box. Now that you're getting into chickens, all those carpentry skills are going to come in handy.

    Great to have you join us!
  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard chickens! Glad you joined us, hope you enjoy it here as much as I have! :frow

  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

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

    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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