Hello from Utah

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hbernales, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. hbernales

    hbernales In the Brooder

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    My name is Heather and I am a brand new chick(en) owner! Backyard chickenry(?) has become popular where I live and I thought it sounded like a fun idea! I live in a suburban neighborhood with a very large backyard. The idea appealed to me for 4 reasons: eggs (of course!), compost from chicken poop for my garden, "recycling/using" our kitchen table scraps without wasting it, FUN for me and my 2 kids (5 and 8yrs old).

    One week ago I purchased 4 chicks from a neighboring ranch, two 3-day old buff orps and two 3-week old plymouth rock. Sex unknown so it will be an interesting reveal....

    We love spending time in our backyard: gardening, swimming, trampoline, firepit, grilling, play, so we'd be able to supervise our chickens when they get to free roam. I don't feel comfortable letting them free roam unsupervised because we have many predators in my area: raccoons, skunks, hawks, weasel, snakes, and feral cats. I plan on building a chicken coop and run from the myriad piles of junk we've accumulated - an old crib, pallets, leftover lumber, porch railing, large wire dog kennels, various pieces of wood, etc. I also plan on modifying the trampoline to be a chicken tractor when not in use. Backyard chickens sounds like a great project for repurposing and reusing unused stuff!

    We have 2 domestic cats and a pit bull/dalmation mix dog, as well as a freshwater aquarium (I sort-of like animals :) I am at my max limit for indoor pets according to my city ordinances so I am now moving on to filling my backyard quota LOL. No roosters allowed unfortunately.

    BYC community has taught me EVERYTHING I've needed to learn about caring for chickens. I don't think I could do it without this site, so thank you!!!
     
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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Nice to meet you Heather, Welcome to Backyard Chickens :frow
     
  3. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

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    Hi Heather, it's nice to have you here with us!
     
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  4. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Hello Heather! :frow Welcome to our FUNomenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of fun! :wee
     
  5. MissChick@dee

    [email protected] ~ Dreaming Of Springtime ~

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    Hiya :frow
    Nice to meet you!
    :welcome
     
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  6. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hi and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new hobby.

    Here are some links to key resources:
    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
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  7. Melky

    Melky Spring has sprung!

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    Welcome to BYC!​
     
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  8. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello, Heather, and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    You will have to take pictures of both your coop and your trampoline tractor when it is done.
     
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  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  10. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Addict

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    Hi Heather and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us :ya
     
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