Hi and THANKS!


Apr 20, 2017
South Texas
My Coop
My Coop
I just wanted to say hi and thank all of you for sharing your valuable knowledge with us new to raising Chickens! We have been perusing (lurking?) this site for quite awhile to learn what it took to raise chickens before we jumped in. We now are the proud parents of three! :) a Rhode Island Red (Ginger) an Ameraucana (Mary Ann) and a Buff Orpington (Mrs. Howell aka Lovey)
It's been 3 weeks in a dog crate using the Mom Hen method except with a Chicken Heating mat because we could not a find blanket without auto shut off and our Tactor Supply sold it to us cheaper than a blanket! So after some "field trips" to the backyard in a makeshift run we put them in the coop for the night still with their "mini coop-er" and mat. The next morning we opened the pop door and after a bit they came marching down into their near run to explore. They spent the day running and flying around up and down the ramp into the coop so I was just hoping that come night they would know to go back into the coop for the night. And at dusk they did just that. All three marched up the ramp togeather and settled in so I shut the pop door and said good night. I am convinced that was from the Mom Hen method and having natural day night swings.
Sorry for the dissertation but I just wanted to show that this stuff works and we appreciate your sharing.

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Aug 26, 2009
Out to pasture
Welcome to Backyard chickens, so glad what you learned on BYC has been of good use to you. You have some very precocious chicks. We get lots of new members who can't get their birds to come back to the coop at dusk.


Flock Master
8 Years
Jan 10, 2013
:welcome So glad you have joined us.
Sorry you were caught in the move to the new site.

Congrats on your success with the heating blanket brooding. I'm so jealous that I couldn't try it - no room in a small coop with 2 elders to compete with.

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Jan 30, 2015
Hi and welcome to BYC - great to hear that the resources here have helped you and your littles :)

Best wishes

Ol Grey Mare

One egg shy of a full carton. .....
8 Years
Mar 9, 2014
My Coop
My Coop
Welcome to BYC, so very glad you've joined us! I am happy to hear you've already found helpful information that has made your new adventure successful so far (I'm partial to the Mama Heat Pad method myself and have converted two family members too) Sounds like you've got a great little flock in the making there!

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