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Hello from Mississippi

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cswood, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. Cswood

    Cswood New Egg

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    My name is Steve and my wife and I just purchased our first chickens ever. We got 5 Welsummer hens and it looks like we were lucky to get a good breed because I did no research. I was introduced to a very reputable man who has been raising chickens for 30 years.

    I turned an old playhouse into the coop and I fenced in a large area, plus my back yard is fenced, so they will have plenty of room to roam.

    I did not purchase the rooster but when we went to pick up the hens, I fell in love with the rooster because he was so beautiful. I will be getting a rooster very soon!

    This is going to be my go-to website for knowledge (that I really need) because this is all brand new to me.

    I will post some pictures and videos later today.

    Steve Wood
     
  2. emma p

    emma p Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome to BYC!
    The learning center is a great place to visit:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    Talking to someone that had chickens is really great though!
    If you live in the city make sure you are allowed to have a rooster, just in cause.
    Good luck with your flock!
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  3. ronmauldin

    ronmauldin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome from the Ocean State!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    This is the place to be for all the learning and fun! Definitely stop by our learning center for lots of great hints and tips on raising your new birds.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    you need another 5 hens if you are keeping the rooster., otherwise they will get overbred and damaged by Romeo.

    Do you intend to raise pure bred chickens to sell or fertile eggs. Then you would need a rooster of the same breed. If it doesn't matter any breed of rooster is fine.
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2014
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on 5 more hens if you keep the rooster. The recommended ratio is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. Roosters can be very hard on your hens physically; over-breeding them, injuring them with their beaks and spurs, and battering them. I currently have 25 hens, no roosters, and I get loads of eggs without feeding any non-egg laying mouths, without the aggression, fights, crowing in the middle of the night, injuries, and over-bred and battered hens that frequently goes along with having roosters (especially too many). I'm looking forward to your pictures and video. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  9. Cswood

    Cswood New Egg

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    Thanks for the warm welcome and all the tips.

    I am raising the chickens just for the eggs only at this point. That could change later on.

    My five hens laid a dozen eggs their first week here even though I was told that they would not lay any the first week or two because of the stress of moving.

    I think they like their new home and no STRESS is obvious.:)
     
  10. Aronia

    Aronia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome!
     

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