Hello from southern MO


In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 15, 2013
Southern Missouri
My Coop
My Coop
Hello all. First post here, but not new to BYC. About 6 months ago a friend asked if I wanted baby chicks. Of course, not knowing a single thing about raising chickens, I said yes and thought I would learn along the way. We ended up with 5 baby chicks (1 rooster and 4 hens). With many questions I went straight to Google. Thankfully, Google sent me to BYC where I learned about building their brooder box, taking care of the young chicks, and designing and building a coop for them when they got big enough. We found 5 of our favorite coop designs on BYC and made our first coop using those different ideas. While I am no carpenter, I am quite impressed with the results thanks to the very informative posts. When the chicks got old enough we transferred them to their new home. As they got a little bigger we had our doubts as to the sex of the chickens. And as a little more time passed we learned we had 3 roosters and 2 hens. Since we knew there was no point in having 3 roosters we had to part ways. Luckily, we found someone who needed a couple of roosters and we traded 2 roosters for a beautiful Ameraucana hen.

Since then we picked up a few more hens. We are now at our max capacity on the coop and have 1 Rhode Island Red rooster (Brownie), 2 Leghorns (Chattie and Sweetie), 1 splash colored Leghorn mix (Diamond), 1 Welsumer (Freckles), 1 Rhode Island Red (Fudge), and 1 Ameraucana (Zelda). They are all different ages and once the pecking order gets established we should start seeing eggs from the older ladies in our flock.

I look forward to meeting all of you and asking lots of questions. I will also share what I have learned along the way to maybe help someone just starting out. One of these days I will post my coop plans along with my automatic waterer and feeder.

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Aug 26, 2009
Out to pasture
sounds like you are doing a good job, glad you were able to trade the roosters away so easily. Some people can't rehome them for love or money and have to end up eating them.

omas biddies

5 Years
Feb 2, 2014
Hello I am in WEST PLAINS,Mo
I am a 65yr old CRAZY chicken lady
I am hooked in incubating right now
I am looking for a few silkies
I can't seen to find any around here
Good luck with your biddies
But be a
Careful. You will end up like me. Lol

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