Hello from California

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CheriK, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. CheriK

    CheriK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2012
    Northern California
    Just joined the forums after lurking for months. I have so appreciated the collective knowledge available here as we start our backyard chicken journey. Coop is (mostly) finished, with ideas/suggestions from the forums, including several things we would not have thought about had we not been reading. And we took the plunge on Friday - 3 new babies are living in a guinea pig cage brooder in my older daughter's bedroom. They are adorable balls of fluff who are getting plenty of handling, thanks to 3 kids who think they are wonderful. 2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 Rhode Island Red (who is already Miss Bossy). We will be adding 3 more (Ameraucanas and Silver Laced Wyandottes) at the end of the week.

    We are experienced pet owners, since both adults have worked in veterinary medicine since high school, but this is our first foray into birds so we are learning a lot every day. Our two dogs have been decidedly uninterested in the babies, but will still stay separated unless leashed since I just can't quite trust them (both sighthounds). Littlest child (see profile pict) left the brooder room door open yesterday and the kitten was IN the brooder pen. Luckily, I heard distressed chick peeps before anything happened, and based on the kitten's various visits into the guinea pig cage I think he just wanted to play, but kitten play could be deadly! Even our older cat was acting interested. But the cats don't go outside so in 2 months we'll be able to stop worrying about cats and babies! We homeschool our big kids and I'm already turning this into a science experiment (we're weighing the babies every day).

    We're having a blast and are happy to be new chicken parents!
  2. Purdy

    Purdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2011
    Sparta, Michigan
    Hello from West Michigan
    welcome aboard !
  3. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Congrats on your chicks [​IMG]
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  7. watership

    watership Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 23, 2012
    So. Calif
    Welcome!! I lurked for months too before joining! Using chicks to teach kids is wonderful, your kids are lucky!
  8. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BackYardChickens.
  9. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Washington State glad you joined us!
  10. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA

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