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Hello from Cedar Rapids!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by t vago, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. t vago

    t vago Hatching

    Apr 10, 2017
    Hello, my name is Tom, and I've come into possession of 6 little baby chicks about two weeks ago.

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?
    My wife actually got me these chicks two weeks ago, on my birthday. They were hatched March 24th and March 22nd, so they're a bit over 2 weeks old now.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?
    I have 6 chicks, all of them pullets. Cedar Rapids does not permit roosters.

    (3) What breeds do you have?
    I have 3 Barred Rock (Mariah, Veronica, and Debbie), 1 Buff Orpington (Goldie), and 2... brown chicks (Stripe and Betty)? They're kind of mottled brown and black. I'll post pics later on.

    (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com?
    Through Google - searching for "chick nursery." and "chick treats."

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?
    I like to fix cars, work on electronics, and do some computer programming. My wife likes to do landscaping, gardining, and raising different varieties of berries.

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.
    So, I've been married to 8 years to my wonderful, beautiful wife Viki, and we have 4 boys. Oldest is 11, then 7 going on 8, then twins that are 2 going on 3. We also have 2 cats, a dog, 2 fish, and a large albino bunny.

    We converted the bunny's old cage into a chick nursery for now, with a heatlamp, a waterer, and a feeder that we got from Theisens (local farming supply store chain). I put in a wooden stick and tied it down so they can perch on it. There is a top lid, and I was thankful for the lid last Monday when Goldie decided to try to fly out of the cage and actually managed to perch on the edge.

    I am concerned the chicks are going to run out of room soon, though - the cage is 4 foot by 2 foot by 2 foot. They're all healthy and their feathers are coming in nicely. They all have wing and tail feathers, and their back and breast feathers are coming in nicely. They're also used to to us for the most part, though they do not really like being grabbed. However, I have found that if you gently lift the chick from the bottom, as like a fork, they don't seem to mind that at all. I can actually get one or two of them to do their little chick-nap while perched on my hand.

    Well, that's all for now. TTYL!
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2017

  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

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

    Thank you for a lovely introduction .. your little ones sound adorable!

    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.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    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]
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2017
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  5. vachick15

    vachick15 Free Ranging

    Welcome to BYC! I hope you like it here!
  6. ninjawesome

    ninjawesome Currently being awesome Premium Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Wild, Wild West
    Hi there and [​IMG] ! We're glad you could join us! [​IMG]
  7. MrsGrambo

    MrsGrambo Hatching

    Apr 11, 2017
    Hi Tom!! I am in Amana, hope you enjoy your new chicks!! Kids learn so much from animals, they are going to love them!!

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