Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by togy117, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. togy117

    togy117 New Egg

    Jul 12, 2016
    Hi all! My name is Sarah and I am a new chicken mom. My mom and I, along with my 3 year old daughter, now have 9 10-week old chickens in our care. We had been slowly preparing for chickens, but ended up helping a friend who couldn't care for the chicks one of his hens hatched because he hurt himself, so we ended up with chicks earlier than expected. We were given 6 chicks, two didn't make it because he hadn't cared for them well enough. I then went to the local feed store and got one barred rock pullet, one buff orpington pullet, one americauna pullet, and two silkies so I could raise them altogether and I wouldn't have to deal with pecking order issues. Other than the three who came sexed the sexes of the other 6 are/were unknown. It's become clear that two of the chicks I was given are roosters as they are starting to act like roosters and beginning to look different. I still don't know about the silkies as I'm not sure when or how I'd determine sexes with them. The other 5 are pullets, I'm almost certain. They're still living inside and I'm weatherizing them slowly to the hot California weather and we're not done building their coop/run. One of the main reasons we got the chickens is to be able to raise them without corn in their diet as my daughter is allergic to corn and corn derivatives and eggs that she can eat are expensive and hard to find. Thank you all in advance for your help, I know I'll need it on this journey!
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Hi and welcome to BYC! If you ever have any questions, always feel free to ask! Thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
  3. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2016
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC, nice to have you join us. That is a good reason to get chickens ... you will know exactly what they eat since you are feeding them. I'm not sure how old they have to be before you can tell if they are pullets or cockerels (maybe 2 more weeks?) but if you post a picture of them on What Breed or Gender is This, there are a lot of experienced people here that can advise you. Just make sure the pictures show their comb, and feathers well. When we got our chickens the first time, it was a race to make their coop before they outgrew the coop we were keeping them in. Recently we got 5 more pullets and now it is a race to remodel the coop to accommodate the entire flock. Chicken math can be a lot of work! Sounds like you will have plenty of eggs when they start laying.
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Sarah

    Glad you could join us here! Sorry to hear you lost a couple along the way, I'm afraid that can sometimes happen. Have loved reading your intro and I wish you the very best of luck with your coop build. Be sure to ask all the questions you need to, everyone here to help.

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  5. AnimalsRmyLife

    AnimalsRmyLife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2013

    Hope you continue to have a wonderful time here! We're glad to have you join us!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Very nice to meet your Sarah, hope you enjoy Backyard chickens as much as we do.
  7. Chickensfan

    Chickensfan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2016
    welcome toBYC Sarah! i hope you like it! it is a wonderful community!
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. Chickensfan

    Chickensfan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2016
    please, feel free to spread your wings Sarah.

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