Hello Fellow Chicken Adventurers!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JaredCrue, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. JaredCrue

    JaredCrue Out Of The Brooder

    57
    11
    33
    Nov 20, 2016
    Western New York
    My Coop
    Hello,
    I've been using BYC for most of my chicken research.
    Designing the coop, feed, and so on.

    I've had two flocks so far.
    One batch of old hens a farmer gave me.
    Though their laying days were over, they seemed healthy.
    One day a predator got to them, and killed them all. [​IMG]

    BUT, they gave me good insight for the next flock.

    In preparation for the next flock I:
    Tightened up coop security.
    (Bonus: A neighbor was trapping raccoons and I caught a couple in some aviary netting)
    Removed a roost that wasn't needed.
    Planned for winter.

    Now I have 6 happy hens that I raised, they just started laying this fall. [​IMG]
    They appear to be happy and healthy.

    I haven't had chickens through the winter yet, but I have started winterizing the coop.
    And once again, I'm looking through BYC for advice. [​IMG]

    I live in Western New York, where the wind blows, and the lakes vomit snow...
     
  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

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

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss [​IMG]

    Living in Aus, cold and snow are definitely not my forte and I am currently preparing for another hot and humid summer. However, as you have probably found, there are lots of informative threads on winterizing the coop on BYC.

    I hope you enjoy it here; not only is BYC overflowing with lots of 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 about chickens, turkeys, duck, quail, Peas and pretty much any other feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    18,242
    4,271
    491
    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry to hear you lost your first flock of girls :hugs As you prepare for winter you might like to check out these articles and threads ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=Winter+chicken+keeping+#
    Lots of great info there that I'm sure you will find helpful.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    30,977
    22,146
    736
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. You have some great advice / links - there's quite a few threads bouncing around at the moment about preparing for winter, so there will be plenty to read.

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    84,700
    14,550
    816
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You may want to check out the predator threads for more information about preventing raccoon attack., tTey are the nastiest beasts and will bite off any part they can snag through a fence. they dig, climb, jump down from trees have infinite patience, persistence and opposable thumbs. They can open nearly any lock a human can. When they are trapped/killed, more relatives rush in to fill the void.
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    25,645
    1,868
    463
    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, JaredCrue, and :welcome! Great to have you in our community! Best wishes to you and your flock! :)
     
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    5,513
    1,394
    306
    Apr 24, 2016
    Virginia
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you joined us, I do hope you will make yourself at home here. Enjoy BYC!
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    84,499
    3,821
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. JaredCrue

    JaredCrue Out Of The Brooder

    57
    11
    33
    Nov 20, 2016
    Western New York
    My Coop
    Thanks for the warm welcomes. [​IMG]
    Everyone is nice on these forums, a rarity in other places. [​IMG]
     
  10. Fluffers

    Fluffers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to the BYC flock! Glad you joined us! We will be happy to help you [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by