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Hello From The Heart of IL

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Shay88, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. Shay88

    Shay88 In the Brooder

    Oct 11, 2016
    East Peoria, IL
    I'm a total newbie to this whole chicken thing. It all started about 2 months ago, I was going to garage sales with my mother in-law when I suddenly spotted a chicken rummaging around in a bush in this ladies front yard. I, the animal lover that I am said, "look, it's a chicken!" The lady must have heard me and said "I have a coop and many more in the back, want to come see?" After that, I was hooked. I was going to buy a coop and get me some chickens and have delicious eggs for breakfast every morning! I currently have 6 chickens, all of which are too young to lay but a couple have got to be getting close. I think. I absolutely love having them in my life and a part of my small but always growing farm. Once I started doing some research I came across this website so I figured with all the great info it holds, that I would join to start asking some of my own questions. [​IMG]

  2. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hi and [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! Yes, when most of see or get our first chicken were hooked!! [​IMG] Its great to have you and never hesitate to ask questions! And if your not sure when your chickens are going to start laying, look for some signs:

    Getting in nesting boxes and fooling around with the bedding material.
    If a young hen is about to start laying her comb and wattles will be redder and bigger
    My young hens would always hang around the nest for 3 or 4 minutes and start clucking and run out of the coop as if they laid an egg
    Squatting (Else known as "The submissive squat") when you reach down to pet them or a rooster gets around them.

    I hope this info helps, have a great time on here! [​IMG]
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to Backyard chickens! So glad you joined us today, please make yourself at home! @RodNTN gave you some good advice on things to look for, and @redsoxs gave you some good links to look at. I hope you enjoy it here at BYC!!
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Rod gave you all the signs of a hen approaching point of lay. Hope you'll be getting eggs soon. [​IMG]
  7. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  9. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crowing

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
  10. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

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