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Hello from the Big Apple

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Devona, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. Devona

    Devona Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2015
    Queens, New York
    Hi, everyone. I just joined byc a few days ago after lurking in the shadows for a bit. This is my first winter with a chicken (my son's first rescue pet), and I was looking for some advice on getting it through the winter in one unfrozen piece. I read some great stuff while I was lurking, so I decided to come out of the shadows.
  2. samantha LW

    samantha LW Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 1, 2015
    Hi! Welcome. I think most of us were "lurkers" . There is a thread on winterizing your chickens under coop run and design with some great information. It is my limited understanding that temperature doesn't bother them as much as drafts or lack of ventilation. There are people on here in the North West with one side of their coops just wire. Hope that helps. Where I live 'winter" isn't much of a problem. Thanks for rescuing one. [​IMG]
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire UK
    My Coop
  5. Devona

    Devona Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2015
    Queens, New York
    Thanks for the welcomes! I did some reading. I suppose it helps that we are having a mild winter so far. He (I think it's a he) has no one to snuggle up with outside. He has a large comb and wattle so that might be a problem with frostbite if it gets really cold.
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013
  7. Devona

    Devona Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2015
    Queens, New York
    Thanks, NorthFLChick. I'm posting on the NY thread, but most people there seem to be further north and west than I, so their winters are more severe. But he (we named him Chick[​IMG]) is doing well for now, and if push comes to shove, I can always stick him in the basement for a couple of days. But he makes a HUGE mess. Here is a pic of him. Before my son brought him home he was in a slaughterhouse, destined for a cooking pot. So since he's a meat bird, he has grown very large, very quickly since we got him a couple months ago.[​IMG]
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I hate to be the messenger of bad news but, if he is a meat bird. They grow very fast, and are ready to process very young. Due to their rapid growth and weight, their legs give out, and their organs can't keep pace. Even if kept on a restricted diet, they die early.
  9. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  10. Devona

    Devona Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2015
    Queens, New York
    I did read about them dying early, drumstick diva.[​IMG], but I will try to give him a good home for as long as he's alive. He crowed for the first time on Sunday, three hoarse crows, and once this morning. It's so funny, it sounds like somethings stuck in his throat. I will have to start preparing my son mentally for when his pet kicks the bucket. If nothing else, this chicken has made me decide to start keeping more. So I have to look around for some dual purpose pullets, and make it clear to the kids that they won't be pets.

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