Hello from Knox County, IL

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by EmRose, May 21, 2012.

  1. EmRose

    EmRose In the Brooder

    May 21, 2012
    Knox County, IL

    I'm a first time chicken owner - just got our bunch last Friday. I'm a college student living with my parents currently, and we're all taking care of the chicks. My dad grew up on a farm so he's used to raising large batches of chickens but we are currently only taking care of a dozen (6 of them are not ours; we're holding on to them until someone has their hen house ready) free-range chicks. We live on an old farm that hasn't seen any animals besides dogs and cats for years so this is exciting!

    The breed of our chickens is a little... fuzzy, so to speak. We ordered from a local farm equipment store, and were supposed to get 6 Speckled Sussex, the chicks of which should be brown with distinct markings. What we have, however, look a lot more like California White chicks - yellow with a few black spots - so we're a bit peeved but we will raise what we have nonetheless. One actually looks different all together as she has no markings and is a paler color, a little puffier, and much more docile. The other six that we are holding were simply what the store had in stock for immediate purchase as the person we got them for had no preference. These chicks were labeled "brown egg layers." They're plain brown chicks, a little more aggressive than our yellow ones, and VERY curious.

    The plan at present is to just raise hens for fresh eggs. We're not interested in breeding at the moment. We have a lot of land for the chickens to forage around on once they're bigger, and two dogs to watch out for them. Well, one dog - Loujah - is part Schipperke, so she is made for hunting small animals rather than caring for them, and she is not a particularly loyal dog, thus we'll be keeping an eye on her around the hens. But Hally, our older dog, is a Blue Heeler / Border Collie mix with herding instincts and she has already fallen in love with the chicks.

    This forum looks great and I think it will be a big help and very interesting!
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
  8. DeniseL

    DeniseL Chirping

    May 19, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! We have a schipperke who has made it clear that given the opportunity she'll be having a chicken dinner. Ours are in a chicken tractor with free range time when we're out with them so hopefully no predator problems - foreign or domestic. [​IMG] Enjoy the chickens!
  9. EmRose

    EmRose In the Brooder

    May 21, 2012
    Knox County, IL
    Those schipperkes are sneaky ones. Ours usually follows suit of whatever the other dog is doing (she's more Hally's pet than our pet) so maybe she'll learn to be civil with the chickens like she did with my cats. Mostly. [​IMG]

    Until the chickens are older we'll be keeping them in the pen during the day when no one is around, as well. The dogs have a pen of their own.

    Thanks for the welcome, everyone!

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