Hey everyone!! Newest member here.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by IrishLad61, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. IrishLad61

    IrishLad61 In the Brooder

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    Greetings to all. I'm retired US Army Infantry, who also spent 10 years working in a maximum security prison. I decided enough was enough and although I still work, it's now with people I enjoy being around. The wife n I are relatively new to raising chickens (6 months or so). We have 2, 1 a RIR and another unknown breed, but speckled looking. We plan on getting 2 more chicks in the spring and putting them in our current coop, which will give me time this winter to build a larger one for our older girls. I'm amazed how vocal they are and the significant personality differences. We LOVE fresh eggs!! and the difference in taste is amazing. I'm really looking forward to asking and learning. Talk to ya'll later!
     
  2. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful

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    WELCOME!! Yep, nothing like... Real...fresh eggs!
     
  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

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    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined! Got to love those fresh egg's, and every day is like going on an Easter egg hunt! :gig
     
  4. IrishLad61

    IrishLad61 In the Brooder

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    Thank you, and ah, yup!! I can't wait to actually have 6 or 8. Then things will get really interesting!!
     
  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hello and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

    This is a useful link of BYC guides to take a look at announcements-feedback-issues-guides.3 I’d suggest including your location using the guide in that link. You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find your State's thread.

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Sounds like you're already a victim of chicken math. 6-8 is a good start but 12-16 is even better. Welcome to the Backyard Chickens addiction, ah I mean flock. Yes, that's what I mean.
     
  7. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

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    Do you plan keep your new birds and old birds together eventually? If you get baby chicks they can actually be fully integrated by 4-5 weeks old, if done properly. Hatchery/feed store chicks come with little to no risk of bringing in disease or parasites. If your coop is big enough, they can be brooded right in there with the older ones with just a temporary barrier in between. Introducing little ones to an established flock is actually waaay easier than waiting until they're bigger or the same size (which for some weird reason always seems to be the suggestion). The smaller they are, the less of a threat they seem (more like just an annoyance) and the quicker they blend together.

    I raised mine with the Mama Heating Pad method inside the coop (no heat lamp) and sectioned off the lower part under the poop tray as a temporary brooder. At first I had a hardware cloth divider:
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    Then at about 2-3 weeks old I switched to this picket fence with 3½" spaces which gave the chicks access to come and go, but still kept the grown hens out. Then they were completely off heat and roosting with the big girls at 4-5 weeks old.
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    Here are some articles that explain the process in greater detail:
    Integrating at 4 weeks old
    You Certainly Can Brood Chicks Outdoors
    But feel free to ask me any questions!
     
  8. 007Sean

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    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Happy :ya to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC!

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
     
  9. KLIL

    KLIL Crossing the Road

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  10. SongBaby33

    SongBaby33 ~~Glorious Songbaby~~

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