Hello from Florida!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MonopoliQueen, May 6, 2016.

  1. MonopoliQueen

    MonopoliQueen New Egg

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    Hi, Everyone! My name is Amanda. I am a SAHM, old lady at heart (I love to knit), proud crazy cat lady (there's 4 roaming around the house), and now I guess I can add 'Chicken Lady' to that! I'm a SAHM, and after several years of nagging ([​IMG]), I finally convinced the Hubster to get some chickens. We recently moved from the city to the country - so what's the point of living in the country, and having land if we don't have some chickens & a nice big garden!!??

    I've been an avid BYC reader for a few years, so now that we actually *have* chicks, I figured it was as good a time as any to actually sign up for BYC.

    We have 6 chicks that are (approximately) 4 weeks old. I say approximately, as we purchased them from a Rural King, and not mail-order.

    We have 2 Gold Sex Link, 2 Black Australorp, and 2 Silver Laced Wyandotte
    Here they are when we first brought them home on 4/7:
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    We are currently keeping them inside. They have been upgraded from a plastic tub to a large dog kennel. Here is their first trip outside on 4/18:
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    Now we let them roam (supervised) in a large kids playpen for a few hours each day, while I clean the cage. My daughter's favorite 'chore' is watching (ok, playing with & feeding) them.
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    We've got a coop/run that we purchased at Rural King, and are waiting to put it together once they are old enough to be outside. We also plan on expanding the run area once they get a little bigger. I'd love nothing more than to let them free-range, but we live out in a more rural setting, so I'm concerned about predators.

    Now, the only thing to do is wait for them to grow... And hope none turn out to be Roos! (We just want eggs, and as my daughter says: fluffy feathery friends!)

    'First Timer' nerves aside, I'm hoping this will be a fun new adventure for our family.
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC, and congratulations on your new home and new flock.
     
  3. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you finally decided to join. Good luck with your new flock!
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome aboard!

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre (even if you have lots of experience)
    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.

    This link may help you for the moment.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/getting-started-raising-chickens


    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

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock. It's so nice when the family gets involved with chickens.
     
  7. MoreChickensPlz

    MoreChickensPlz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome!
     

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