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Hello from the Ozarks in mid Missouri

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by remmuk, May 20, 2011.

  1. remmuk

    remmuk Hatching

    May 19, 2011
    [​IMG][​IMG]--I am really new at raising chickens and at BYC. I bought 4 hens (so I thought) and then the wife wanted a chick for herself. I read that it is good to have a rooster to protect the hens, so that is what we bought. As it turns out, one of my hens is really starting to look like a rooster also. However, we shall see how this arrangement works out. Even though I have read Raising Chickens for Dummies, I still have lots of questions. I'm looking forward getting experience from the Forum.

  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
  3. briandoboson67

    briandoboson67 In the Brooder

    May 20, 2011
    st johnsville
    welcome to byc! i too am new to this. fyi although the rooster will protect, they also fertilize the eggs. hens will lay eggs without the rooster if your just going for eggs, however, if u want meat as well, roosters are the way to go. good luck and god bless!
  4. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Crowing

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    [​IMG] from Missouri!
  5. Unclebean

    Unclebean Rest in Peace 1977-2013

    Jun 10, 2010
    Tower City, PA
    [​IMG] from Pennsylvania! We are glad you joined!
  6. remmuk

    remmuk Hatching

    May 19, 2011
    Thank you for your warm welcomes. I look forward to communicating with all you great folks and will appreciate any advice that you can give me. Right now I am in the process of moving my chickens to an outdoor coop, which is a unused orchid greenhouse. I'm going to use a dog pen as their run and plan on puttintg chicken wire around the base to keep the small chickens in and the predators out. Should I bury some of the wire in the ground or can I just lay a foot or so of the wire on the ground inside or outside of the pen? I will be putting wire fenncing on the top of the pen to protect the chickens from hawks, etc. The coop has a concrete floor and I wonder which is the best stuff to put on the floor-pine shavings (rather expensive) or wheat straw? Since the chickens are getting older now, which feed is best for after the chick crumbles are all usrd up?
  7. gocrow77

    gocrow77 Crow's Nest

    May 13, 2009
    Central MO
    Hello, and [​IMG] I am from the Ozarks are also, around the Eldon area! Howdy neighbor [​IMG]

  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. You've come to the right place. [​IMG]
  9. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    [​IMG] from Texas [​IMG]
    I have about 50 rooster's free ranging and they get along most of the time. I have the rooster retirement village. [​IMG]
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.

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