Hello from Crest California

Hi, I'm Chris. I have 1 wife and 5 kids, 3 girls and 2 boys in that order. I've had chickens for a total of 5 months now. We decided as soon as we had land we'd go with a bigger flock, at least I think it's big. I have 10 layers nearing their first lay 2 buff orphingtons, 1 New hampshire red, 3 black austrolorps, 3 Silver laced Wyandottes, and one 1 barred rock. 15 Cornish X that are really weird and are on their final week before becoming dinner. Then I have 15 more chicks. I decided not to get another set of Cornish because they kinda freaked me out with how fast they grew. It's completely me not them. I ordered red broilers from tractor supply but 5/10 died in route and 4 didn't make it through the night. I went to Double S tack and feed and bought 3 light brahmas and 3 Buff orphingtons, then went to tractor supply and bought a Turken(mostly cause it made me laugh) 3 Rhode island Reds and 3 white leghorns. I also bought 2 Jersey Giants. They'll all get a fair shot at life unlike the cornish who are all getting done in one day. We lost one light brahma last night due to pasty butt that I didn't notice which I'm feeling pretty guilty about and every single chicken I have got their butt washed to make sure it doesn't happen again. So that's my chicken experience so far. They have almost an acre to graze on and they get all organic feed. I've built a waterer out of a 5 gallon home depot bucket, pvc pipe and nipples, I made a hanging feeder out of a BBQ tin and another 5 gallon bucket I also used 3 inch pvc pipe and wye connections to make more feeders. The younger chickens are in a coop with a heat lamp and an 10x8 wire enclosure and the larger chickens get free reign with a large coop for overnight. The chicks stay in the brooder till they get big enough to go to the enclosed coop. All in all I've spent a lot less than I thought I would and i'm loving every second of it. Except when I forget to change my shoes going into the coop... That's always a slap in the head moment, then almost another slap in the head when you realize you have chicken poop on your face.

Thanks for reading the rambling non edited welcome aboard.
 

AllenK RGV

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Nice intro Chris, wow you dream big! I can't imagine keeping that many chicken but glad you can. So many of us will poo poo your choice of using a heat lamp having moved to heat pad systems due to increased fire risks or teflon poisoning. But whatever works for you works for you.

I am personally about to get my next 5 chicks so about to be on pasty butt watch again as well. So sorry to hear you lost one but it sounds like you learned a lesson. Welcome to BYC!
 

pennyJo1960

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Hi, I'm Chris. I have 1 wife and 5 kids, 3 girls and 2 boys in that order. I've had chickens for a total of 5 months now. We decided as soon as we had land we'd go with a bigger flock, at least I think it's big. I have 10 layers nearing their first lay 2 buff orphingtons, 1 New hampshire red, 3 black austrolorps, 3 Silver laced Wyandottes, and one 1 barred rock. 15 Cornish X that are really weird and are on their final week before becoming dinner. Then I have 15 more chicks. I decided not to get another set of Cornish because they kinda freaked me out with how fast they grew. It's completely me not them. I ordered red broilers from tractor supply but 5/10 died in route and 4 didn't make it through the night. I went to Double S tack and feed and bought 3 light brahmas and 3 Buff orphingtons, then went to tractor supply and bought a Turken(mostly cause it made me laugh) 3 Rhode island Reds and 3 white leghorns. I also bought 2 Jersey Giants. They'll all get a fair shot at life unlike the cornish who are all getting done in one day. We lost one light brahma last night due to pasty butt that I didn't notice which I'm feeling pretty guilty about and every single chicken I have got their butt washed to make sure it doesn't happen again. So that's my chicken experience so far. They have almost an acre to graze on and they get all organic feed. I've built a waterer out of a 5 gallon home depot bucket, pvc pipe and nipples, I made a hanging feeder out of a BBQ tin and another 5 gallon bucket I also used 3 inch pvc pipe and wye connections to make more feeders. The younger chickens are in a coop with a heat lamp and an 10x8 wire enclosure and the larger chickens get free reign with a large coop for overnight. The chicks stay in the brooder till they get big enough to go to the enclosed coop. All in all I've spent a lot less than I thought I would and i'm loving every second of it. Except when I forget to change my shoes going into the coop... That's always a slap in the head moment, then almost another slap in the head when you realize you have chicken poop on your face.

Thanks for reading the rambling non edited welcome aboard.

Chris hella of introduction great introduction Welcome to Backyard Chickens but very happy you and your family will be joining us
 

Teila

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G’Day from down under Chris :frow Welcome!

Fingers crossed those eggs arrive soon :fl

I do 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.

I note you mention you are in California, but if you include your general location on your profile, this will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out.

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 ;)
 

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