Hello! From Sanford, NC...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by thaifighter, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. thaifighter

    thaifighter Chirping

    Mar 1, 2015
    Brand new to raising chickens. Just getting ramped up. Looking forward to learning from the folks here.
  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    Hello and Welcome to BYC! We're glad to have another member to the growing poultry community! Feel free to ask any questions you may have, I'm sure you'll find answers to them here! [​IMG]Enjoy your flock!
  3. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Songster

    Feb 23, 2014
    Welcome to BYC!

    Have you gotten any chickens yet? If so what breed? I remember when my family first started we got golden laced wyandottes and now we've changed over the years to Old English Game bantams and Dutch bantams. Hopefully Runner ducks this year too.

    A lot of people on here (I couldn't tell you who wasn't) are super friendly and will be more than willing to help you with any questions you have because we probably have experienced it before.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC.[​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    I suggest taking a look at the Learning Center if you're new to chickens: Learning Center Articles It has lots of helpful information and answers to questions.[​IMG]
  7. ScenicViews

    ScenicViews Chirping

    Feb 17, 2015
    King, NC
    Welcome! I have learned so much from this site! I hope you will too! Everyone is so VERY helpful! Thanks Gang
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. thaifighter

    thaifighter Chirping

    Mar 1, 2015
    Thank you all for the warm welcome. We just got back from Tractor Supply. We picked up 15 chicks that turned out to be 16. They are all supposed to be sexed pullets. Allegedly, the breeds are: RIR, White Rocks and Americaunas or a cross of AM.

    We have them in a plastic bin with pine flakes that gives them about 6sq ft minus room for the feeder and waterer. I will be expanding that when I get home from travel on Thurs to a larger bin with some elevated dowel for roosting.

    The little peepers seem to be happy and active and eating ferociously. We had to deal with 4 that had pasty butt, mostly the darker chicks (allegedly Americaua). We remedied that by running the plugs under hot water and gently breaking up the crud with q-tips. We then applied a bit of veggie oil on the feathers around the vent. We have also added a tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar to a qt of water to hopefully prevent recurrence.

    I have been keeping an eye on them to see if they are gathering away from, or close to the heat lamp. So far they seem active in all areas so I assume the temps are comfortable. I am guessing due to the appearance of new feathers that they are 1-2 weeks old.

    We got 15 assuming an 80% survival rate to adulthood. We hope they all make it, but we are new at this and are prepared for a learning curve. I have plans for an 8x8 coop. I hope to build most of it from recycled pallets from where I work. There will also be a run that permits 10 sq ft per adult bird. We have space to free range them under supervision and have an ample veggie garden that has deer fencing we will let them run in as well.

    It begins:



  10. what's kickin' chicken

    what's kickin' chicken Songster

    Jan 23, 2011
    [​IMG] sounds great you are well on your way ... chickens bring a lot of joy

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