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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BrittsChickens, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. BrittsChickens

    BrittsChickens New Egg

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    My name is Brittany and I am getting my first 2 chicks this week (Wednesday or Thursday). I'm pretty excited because, well, chickens are AMAZING!!! I have been researching like crazy to make sure that I spoil and pamper my girls :)

    We live in the suburbs, but have a little chunk of land where we can have (up to) 6 hens. We are starting with 2 to acclimate our dog to the idea of having chickens before we subject all 6 to his curious torture :) I am starting with 2 Crested Cream Legbars- pretty exciting stuff!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Have you looked through the Learning Center articles yet? There is a lot of great information on chicken keeping there:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    And for the dog and chicks, that is a topic that comes up here often and some of our members have shared some great tips to help make the process easier. Here are some threads:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/984906/how-do-i-safely-introduce-my-dogs-to-the-chickens/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/941540/when-to-introduce-dogs-to-new-chicks/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/778988/training-a-dog-to-leave-chickens-alone/0_30

    Good luck with your new venture and enjoy the site!
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Brittany and welcome to our community - glad that you have joined us. I wish you the best of luck with your new (impending) arrivals - exciting times ahead, for sure!

    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/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    All the best
    CT
     
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  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] glad you have joined us and congrats on getting your own

    Good luck with the new adventure. If you are getting the chicks locally, IMO go ahead and get all 6 at one time, it is a lot easier to raise them together and avoid the issues of adding to the flock at a later time. And they are happier with at least 3 in the flock.

    And do be very careful with introduction to your dog, there are too many sad experiences with the challenge.
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congrats on the soon to be new little ones!! I am so egg-cited for you!!

    Others have left you lots of great links to follow and learn more about how to care for your babies. Are they coming in the mail? If so, make sure to be there at the Post Office or have them call you when they arrive. When you get them home, be SURE to dip each beak in the water and set them down right in front of the water. Babies can get severely dehydrated and NEED to drink before eating to avoid pasty butt, which can kill them. It is best to withhold food for 15 mins or so until they have drank enough water and have settled down from their long trip.

    Enjoy your little ones and we do welcome you to our flock! :)
     
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  7. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us Brittany! Tell us all about it, chicken keeping is far above exciting! Believe me, you'll LOVE it! I started keeping chickens in 2013- a friend gave us 6 hens and now I have 27 chickens! 10 1 year old hens, 2 older hens, 1 banty rooster, and 14 young pullets that are about to start laying! I still want more though . . . [​IMG]
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet you Brittany - glad you joined the BYC flock
     
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  9. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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