Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by houstonmama, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. houstonmama

    houstonmama New Egg

    Feb 17, 2015
    Hello, my name is Wendy Dana and my husband, Kevin and my 12 year old daughter, Emily are starting our first chicken coop. We are in the process of building our coop for a trio of hens. We are really looking forward to having a backyard family. Any suggestions on raising hens for beginners would be greatly appreciated. We will post pictures soon of the progress of our coop. Our goal is to be complete with chickens by Easter. I am extremely grateful for this sight and all the help it has to offer. Thanks for including us.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Good luck with the coop build!! Make sure to give each bird at least 5 square feet per bird in the coop and 10 square feet per bird in the run. This will keep aggression down. Chickens go off on each other when they are bored and cramped in.

    Have you picked out a breed yet? If you are looking for pets and egg layers, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, Wyandottes, Barred Rocks, and others make great pets and are super layers. My Black Australorps are so docile, friendly, affectionate and love to sit on my lap!! I can't sit anywhere without and Aussie begging to sit on my lap! They follow me around like drooling puppies looking for attention and are super layers. My Aussies are 4 years old this year and still going strong on the egg laying.

    Stop by our learning center for all kinds of good articles!! Lots of information on all the aspects of keeping your new flock happy, healthy and safe from predators...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Chickens are highly addictive. You may want to build a larger coop now, to save the trouble of putting on additions later. Once you get chicks you will want more, and you'll see photos on here with other breeds and you will want those too. Resistance is futile. Welcome to Backyard chickens Wendy. It's nice to meet you before you go off the chicken deep end. [​IMG]
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    I would definitely take a look at the Learning Center that TwoCrows linked to. It has lots of information that I'm sure you'd find helpful. If you haven't thought about breeds yet, I suggest browsing through the Breed reviews to find which breeds you want: Chicken Breeds One breed that I would recommend to almost any new chicken owner would be the Wyandotte. I've really enjoyed mine, as they've been very good layers, hardy through cold and heat, and are quite docile, personable birds.
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    Good luck with your future chickens!
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. Raising chickens is a wonderful experience for children. My granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) loves our chickens. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your coop built and getting your chickens by Easter.
  9. 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.

    The above members have given you good advice already.

    Cute avatar!

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