Hello! First time chicken mama in Greater Boston area

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by longtimesun, May 5, 2017.

  1. longtimesun

    longtimesun New Egg

    May 2, 2017

    Yesterday, I became a first time chicken mama when 3 Lavender Orpingtons arrived at our home. What an experience for all of us, especially our 5 year old daughter. (Thank goodness, I could finally exhale. The hatchery didn't manage to ship the chicks until the next day, and I haven't been * that * stressed tracking a USPS package -EVER!! I was kicking myself for not finding a local breeder.)

    Thank you all for being here and sharing your experience. I am trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can from you. We hope to give these chickens a very happy life as part of our family! Raising chickens seems like such a natural thing, but without there's someone to learn from ... It wouldn't have seemed possible to consider.

    We live on a good sized lot, but in a densely populated area. Our town passed a bylaw allowing backyard chickens but we don't know anyone else in town who has chickens.

    One burning question on flock size & timing:
    -- If our town has a max of 6 hens (once permit issued), would it make sense to start with these 3 chicks to get a hang of everything, then possibly add 3 down the road or better to get the other 3 we had in mind immediately when they'd be 1 week apart and can bond?

    -- I heard it's much harder to introduce new chickens to a flock down the road, and the chance that one or more could turn out to be a rooster. But also don't want to bite off more than I can chew since I'm mama hen with all related duties. :)

    -- We initially though we'd get a White Cochin, Black Australorp, and a Buff Orpington at the same time but they were not available to ship on the same day so we made our best decision bc we really were drawn to the Lavender Orpingtons and didn't want to miss our chance.

    -- We'd only need ~dozen eggs/week but it'd be nice to share eggs with nearby family and neighbors.

    What an exciting journey this is! Now I really understand "Chick TV" !! :) Such gorgeous, funny little fluff balls.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. Yes, it will be less of a headache to get the other 3 chicks ASAP, rather than wait.

    These links may be interesting:

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC, hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. [​IMG]
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  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under longtimesun [​IMG] Welcome & Congratulations!

    As you have already received links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    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.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
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  5. longtimesun

    longtimesun New Egg

    May 2, 2017
    Thank you for your sweet welcome and the fast and helpful pointers.

    Ok, I can do this!!!

    Much gratitude. Fingers crossed that these babies are all females. Deep breath. Can't imagine having to say goodbye to any. My daughter and I held these 5-day olders today. Precious.

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