1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!


Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RPClark, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. RPClark

    RPClark Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2016
    Southwest Iowa
    Hi All,

    New to keeping chickens and new to BYC.

    We have 15 pullets (or at least we think they're all pullets). They're 13 weeks old. We got them from a well-known hatchery at a couple days old and transitioned them to their permanent coop at 4 weeks. We free-range them when we're home so that we can keep an eye out as we live on a rural acreage.

    We've only lost one chick, and that was in the first week. The rest seem to be getting fat and sassy. In addition to non-medicated chick feed and scratch, we fed them a fair amount of veggies from our garden this summer. Now that it's getting cooler, we're catching loads of late-season grasshoppers to hand feed.

    So far this has been great fun. Looking forward to learning loads from the forum.
    1 person likes this.
  2. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hi there, RPClark, and welcome to Backyard chickens! The learning center is a great place to check out with loads of helpful info. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. If you want to be sure you have all pullets and no roosters, you can post them in this thread, https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this. And you might like to check in at the Iowa page, for local chicken chat! https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/182/ia-here. Have fun and I hope you enjoy BYC as much as I have!
    1 person likes this.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us and congrats on your flock - they sound to be doing great.

    Best wishes
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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

    Glad you could join us here! Congratulations on getting your new chicken adventures underway :clap Please do check out the great links left for you above, I'm sure you will find them very helpful.
    Wishing you the very best of luck for the future and enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  5. RRLaney

    RRLaney Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2016
    Round Rock, TX
    Excited for you. Sounds like you've got a good thing going! Chickens are the most fun! We just got a handful more 12 week old pullets, it's a fun age. Fun to watch them grow! You'll learn a lot here. Good luck!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens.
  7. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, RPClark, and :welcome! Great to have you with us! Have fun with your flock and thanks for joining BYC! :)
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by