Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dream Girls, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. Dream Girls

    Dream Girls New Egg

    Jan 10, 2016
    HELLO BYC! This is our second year with our chickens; what a ride it's been! Our flock consists of 2 Americauna's, 1 Marans and 5 (our newest additions) Rhode Island Reds. We love them all! I stumbled into this site while trying to find a way to help my hen-friend Gracie. I was so excited, to see that I wasn't alone when it comes to how much folks love their chickens!
  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 23, 2015
    Welcome to BYC! So glad you could join us! [​IMG]

    Feel free to ask any questions you may have, make comments, post pictures, and don't forget to have LOTS OF FUN!

    Good luck with your flock in this new year! [​IMG]
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us. And nearing 3 years with my small flock, totally understand the eggcitement.

    Wondering about the new additions - were they baby chicks or pullets you added and how did you accomplish the addition?

    I so want to add some newbies to my flock, but had a rather lengthy experience reintegrating an established recovered hen to mine.
    And am somewhat reluctant to go thru that again soon. But given some easy successes may get me doing chicken math. [​IMG]
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - and yep, this certainly is the right place to talk any and everything chicken [​IMG]

    All the best
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hello again, I believe I answered you on another post, I know it was about a hen named Gracie and the help your received from BYC
  9. N F C

    N F C just 1 more cup pls Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You'll never lack for someone to talk "chicken" with here on BYC!

    Thanks for joining us!
  10. Dream Girls

    Dream Girls New Egg

    Jan 10, 2016
    My newbies I raised from chicks. When it was time (they were about 2 months young) to introduce them to my 2 established girls, Lucy and Nugget, we put a divider up in the pen so they could see each other and visit. Nugget was fine with the introduction. Lucy on the other hand, wanted to fight everyone. She was such a bully! We ended up leaving her in the divide and allowed the others to co-mingle. Being as we only have one hen house, we made a separate entrance and put a divide inside so everyone could be together safe and sound at night. I tell you, the lengths we've gone through for our girls! I'd say a good 2 months had gone by, I felt the youngsters were mature enough to take Lucy's attitude. They needed to establish their pecking order as they will do. Much to my shock, when they were finally allowed to be together it wasn't Lucy running the show! Whatever "discussions" they had through the fence turned it all around. Now they all reside together one happy family!
    As for Grace.. She has a long story.. Lucy and her had a dispute long ago.. A few days later my husband found her face down in the pouring rain, unable to get up. He felt so bad he made her a corral in the mud room of our house. She was my BFF from day one, I had to do something to help her. As silly as it was to see, I soaked her legs in an epsom salt bath and massaged them. Every day. For a over a month. She was alert. Ate well. She didn't appear to be in any pain. And darned if she didn't lay an egg every day. So as it were, she became our house pet. And she started standing, if only briefly. Then she learned to walk again.. Awkwardly, she will rest every few steps or so, but she can still get around! But in spite of all her achievements, she was not safe with the rest of the girls. Last summer we made her a place in the utility room of our hen house. She loved the summer outside, maybe the company, not so much. She seems stressed out more than anything by the other girls; she'll stand tall and puff up and pick at them through the fence. But I'm afraid of someone were to stand up to her she'd get hurt all over again so she remains separate. Early last winter we almost lost her again, to an infection in her toes and toenails. So she is now back inside with us. I don't think she'll ever be able to join the others like she should. But she seems to be happy right here with us, which is nice. So she will always have a place within our home and our hearts.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2016

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