Hello From New Mexico

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nmflygirl, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. nmflygirl

    nmflygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, I figured I'd take a few moments and introduce myself.

    I've been casually reading several posts on this site for a few months now and figured it was time to just create a profile and start interacting with everyone. Such a great group of helpful and knowledgeable people!

    A little about me, I've always wanted to be a farmer/rancher/cowgirl, but life had me going in a different direction. After many years of "wishing I could do something" I said what the heck and decided to buy chickens.

    This past April I went to the local feed store bought a coop and got 2 birds from a family friend (yes, I now know that was a bad idea after reading this forum and have plans to build a coop in the next few months). I loved having the 2 to start with and they were laying about an egg a day between the two of them. I then went and got 2 more from another local bird owner and added them to my flock.

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    That's when I learned about the proper way to introduce new hens to the flock (since I did it the exact wrong way). All four birds survived my mistake and after about a week there was an established pecking order and life was good. Then I decided to get 2 more birds since I was told that my prefabbed coop could support up to 6 birds. And, I learned at least a little from the last time and had them separated for a day (I know, not long enough but I only had 1 coop so I didn't want to have any birds that didn't have a safe place to sleep). I'll be honest, I'm not sure what breed any of the birds are yet, but I'm learning something new about them everyday.

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    Fast forward about a month and I was averaging 3-5 eggs a day from my 6 birds. Life seemed good and they were a joy to watch. I originally let them roam my backyard freely, but they started to get into my garden and destroyed that so I put up a larger fenced in area for them. The enclosed area is about 13' x 25' and they seem to have plenty of roaming room and all is well.

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    Lately however, the egg production dropped drastically. Not just because of the shorter days, that I understand, but in August/September we dropped from averaging 3-5 eggs a day to 1-2 every other day. The winter days now net me 0 eggs.

    That's when I really started looking into more information about chickens. The first thing I noticed is that I need to upgrade my coop. That's going to be my next major project and I'll go with the "woods" design as its called on here. That should help keep my birds safe as well as their food (which is currently being raided by the many wild rabbits in the area).

    Well, that's probably a good start for an introduction from me. Thanks for taking the time to read about what I've got going on. I can't wait to get to know the wonderful people on here and learn as much as I can about safely keeping healthy chickens.

    NMFlyGirl (aka Bobbie)
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2016
  2. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi Bobbie welcome to Backyard Chickens. You have a nice looking set up and a beautiful looking flock.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Bobbie, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our poultry family! Best wishes to you and your flock!
     
  4. nmflygirl

    nmflygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the welcome.
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

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

    Great intro! Your girls are adorable!

    I hope you enjoy BYC. 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. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
  6. N F C

    N F C gobble gobble Premium Member Project Manager

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    Hi Bobbie! One thing about chickens, it seems there is always something new to learn.

    It's nice to have you here, make yourself at home!
     
  7. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet you Bobbie, you may want to join your state thread for advice on how to build coops for your climate. I'm guessing you get very hot summers.
     
  9. nmflygirl

    nmflygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, hot but dry. I'll go and check out the state thread. Thanks for the advice.

    To be fair, the coop I have now has seemingly done well through the first summer of my chicken craze with only a minor upgrade from me early on. That was actually adding a roost bar although at the time I didn't even realize that's what it was called. However, I am now more educated on what is needed for my girls.
     
  10. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Diva, we are about as high as Denver, so our summers are not as hot as you think! (Trust me, I moved from SoCal and the summers were much more brutal.)

    Welcome Flygirl!
     

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