Hello! New flock in AZ.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by azlaween, May 7, 2017.

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  1. azlaween

    azlaween New Egg

    May 1, 2017
    Hi Everyone!

    I am new to backyard chickens and two weeks in to managing my backyard flock! I am in Mesa, Arizona and bought a 10 X 10 outdoor dog kennel at Costco and set it up for my ladies. I'm a little nervous for the upcoming summer, but I have been researching for a good several months before I made the decision so I think we can make it through. Thank goodness for Backyard Chicken... I've already looked up a million things like runny chicken poop and sneezing (don't worry nothing is wrong with any of them, I am just fussing).

    Take a look :)

    Here is the setup. They all sleep together at the top of the roost. That corner of the setup has plywood to protect them from the elements a little better. Because it gets so hot, everything else is pretty much open to allow maximum air flow. I am working on a nesting box for when the ladies are old enough made from a recycled entertainment center. I've got five chickens total.


    Below is apparently a black copper maran rooster crossed with either an easter egger or black maran. So this lady will be either a full maran or an olive easter egger. What do you experts think? She definitely is at the top of the pecking order. And hopefully not a rooster...she did come at me once the second day I had her.


    The same person said this is a welsummer - but all the welsummers were mixed in with the black marans and eggers. After looking at pictures, I think it could also be an easter egger. Any thoughts? Very sweet, bottom of the pecking order.


    Here we have an Olandsk Dwarf my little sister picked out from a feed store. I hope its a girl and I hope it gets less flighty. Its more flighty than most of the others!! Beautiful to see the feathering come in. Seems to be a true Olandsk Dwarf to me.

    I fuss over the barred rock the most. She always seems more tired than the other girls, and I desperately wanted a barred rock the most. Got her from a very sweet couple. Hoping her personality starts to show more.

    I also got this lady from the couple. This is the most docile of all the chickens. The couple kept calling her a golden and I kept asking if it was a sex-link to which they always replied no. I guess that its likely a golden comet slash all the other million names for the same type of chicken. Such a sweetie. I really like her and her personality.


    Well, I hope I don't have any roosters, and I'm very excited to get started with this flock! Let me know if you have any comments or thoughts on my flock or set up!!

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us and sharing pics. I'd suggest some kind of protection from the elements on the upper left hand side (as well look at it) would be good for your birds. Ventilation is essential, but drafts are not the best.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best
  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Overrun With Chickens

    Hello, and welcome to BYC! I'm in AZ. too, and not so far from you!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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