Hello Y'all! We are new to the BackYard!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CluckChick, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. CluckChick

    CluckChick New Egg

    Sep 6, 2014
    We should be getting our birds this week! In the mail. Isn't that crazy. The family is super excited. We got breeds that are supposedly good with kids. We shall see. I grew up on a farm and my Pa had chickens, pigs and cows. So I'm very excited to get back into it.
    Any tips on what we are in store for? Anyone have something they wish they would have known when starting out? Thanks for the info and help.
    Hope everyone is having a pleasurable time with their adventures in the life of chickens.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC, have your visited our Learning center yet? It is full of good information. Then you may want to check out the "Raising Backyard chickens forum."

    If you want to see what your chicken loving neighbors are doing go to "where am I, where are you," in the social forum .Then you can locate and post on your state thread.
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    Welcome to our flock!!

    Got mine last year at 3 days old…every source told they grow so fast and to get the coop built. Boy do they grow quicker than I could have imagined. And we were able to move them to a permanent home at 5 weeks old. If you haven't got coop plans in progress…GET STARTED! Plan larger than you think.

    We had the "perfect" brooder ready and they outgrew it in just over a week, had to make an emergency shopping trip to get something larger.

    I had read about pasty butts and really didn't realize how common that was. Check all at least twice daily and be ready with warm water and paper towels.

    Get some dried mealy worms, ours had food runs at only a week old!!

    I know you are excited, this is gonna be so much fun.

    There are loads of experience chicken folks here, post questions, be involved, have fun.
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  4. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Are you getting your birds as chicks? If so, make sure everything in the brooder is ready before they arrive. Check for pasty butt as soon as they arrive, give them a drink and place them under the heat. Try not to bond with them too much on the first day; they need this time to get acquainted with their new surroundings and siblings. Also, remember to lower the temperature in the brooder by five degrees each week. (The temp should start around 95.)

    If you are getting them as adults then know that they will not be very tame. Give them time to settle into their new home and then start to bond with them. Hand feed them treats, talk to them, cuddle them and hang out with them each day. They'll get to know you soon.

    Be sure to check out our learning center also where you'll find tons of great advice.

    Good luck and glad you joined![​IMG]
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  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. It's always exciting getting those chicks in the mail. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What breeds are you getting?
  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    BYC has a very useful learning center [​IMG]

    Make sure you have a very secure coop and run for your poultry and test it anyway you can as 1/4 inch wire should be all along the bottom to keep out critters .......

    Put some ACV in their drinking water .........

    Always ask questions as there are a lot of people here to help you out with most anything ..........
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with your soon to be new flock, hope they all arrive safely!
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]

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