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ramzroost

Songster
7 Years
Nov 19, 2012
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North Carolina
I have been hanging out on BYC for months as I began my adventure in raising Chickens. Here's A little background on how it all came to be. I am a happily married with two sons. i am also a school teacher. this spring my class was doing an embryology unit where we hatched quail through our local 4-H program. In addition to the incubator with quail eggs, I had an incubatior of a friend in my classroom. This incubator held a collection of "mystery eggs" , gathered and donated to my classroom for this exciting experience for my students. The catch was they needed a home after they hatched. Of course after taking care of the eggs and being the chick in charge, I fell in love with them and had trouble letting them go. My husband and I had been pondering having a small backyard flock in our future but had definately not this spring. I convinced my husband to let us keep some of them, mainly the ones that we had named already.
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The others went back to their repective owners. So this spring we decided to build a coop to save a little money. LOL! Um Well, according to my folks we have a chicken condo. We built a 6 by 8 shed which could be "used down the road just in case the chicken adventure didnt go as planned".We also built a very large run in addition to plenty of land to roam around on. Thanks to BYC for all of the helpful advice over the past few months.
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Our chicks loved their new home. At the time we had 3 Black Copper marans, 2 of which are hens and one of which is a roo. We also have a Poland Rooster and what we think to be a buff orpington hen. We were also given a brahma hen that is 4 weeks older than the ones we hatched. Well that was in May and June. As the chicks grew we discovered that we had 2 roos and 4 hens. Yes we know that was not a good ratio. So this fall weacquired an additional 9 pullets, 4 of them our Americauna and the other 5 are Black Austrolorp. The chicks have been seperarted from the older chickens until today. I hope my idea works. I took the large dog kennel crate that the now 6 week old chicks have been staying in and placed it in the chicken coop. I am hoping that the older chickens and the younger ones will become acclaimated to one another without the larger chickens attacking the smaller ones. Eventually I plan to let them out on a day when I can watch them a little closer and after they get a little larger. I am hopeful that it will work but could be totatlly wrong, at which time I will go to plan B. As for the chicken adventure, we are now going on the end of 6 months with chickens in the family, we started gathering our first eggs this past month, we have established that I am in charge (although happy thinks he is some days), and we are all getting along well.
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I can't wait until spring! I will have eggs coming out of my ears!!!
 

redsoxs

Crowing
8 Years
Jul 17, 2011
25,643
2,087
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North Central Kansas
Greetings from Kansas, ramzroost, and
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! Great to have you in our community! I think more than a few people have gotten into chickens in a way similar to yours. I wish you all the best!
 

ramzroost

Songster
7 Years
Nov 19, 2012
27
65
109
North Carolina
Thank you all for the welcome! Preparing for and raising chickens has been a daily adventure but I am loving it so far. Now that we are getting eggs here and there it just makes the experience that much sweeter. again thank you for the welcoming words! I look forward to being part of the BYC community!
 

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