Hi from another Aussie!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by krystalls, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. krystalls

    krystalls Hatching

    Oct 2, 2016
    QLD, Australia
    Hi, I'm Krystal from Queensland, Australia. I started researching keeping chooks as pets back in April when I babysat my mum's chooks for 2 months while they went on holiday. After "chick sitting" my husband finally agreed to letting me get my own little flock![​IMG] Needless to say I have been researching for quite awhile before I finally got 4 chicks in August (along with 3 extra to add to mum's flock).

    I lost 1 chick after a week and have a chick that is just getting over a second respiratory infection. The antibiotics have helped her a lot but now I'm planning a herb garden purely for their respiratory health in the hopes it keeps her healthy!

    I bought sexed chicks as I can't have roosters where I live, hopefully the hatchery can confirm soon that they are female - I'll head over to the gender forum with photos as I suspect I have a couple of roos.

    And because we all love chick photos I thought I had better share at least one photo of my babies...


    Mum got 3 crossbred blacks (1 is beside me as per usual so its not in the photo) and I got a welsummer, barnevelder and plymouth rock.

    Oh and we also have Trixie, our dog who absolutely adores the chicks and protects them from the magpies, we own 3 cats (and I foster cats/kittens - my dog loves them too), fish, snakes, rats and mice.

    Thanks for having me and for the wealth of information I have learnt from this site!
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad you have joined us.

    Congrats on getting your own flock. Sorry about your loss and best of luck with the remaining pullets.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  4. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi Krystal and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. Congrats on your new flock - a cursory glance suggests to me that your barred bird is a male, but you will get confirmation on the breed / gender forum.

    Best wishes
  5. krystalls

    krystalls Hatching

    Oct 2, 2016
    QLD, Australia
    Thanks sunflour, it was tough losing that one even after reading so much about getting extra chicks in case of roos and because chicks are fragile. It was the only one I had named too - hence why none of them are getting names until I'm sure of their gender!

    Thanks redsoxs, I found that thread this arvo, another long one to add to my list of reading [​IMG]

    Thanks CTKen, I agree with you on the plymouth/barred, that photo was about a week ago, it is looking more roo every day!
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hi there and welcome to Backyard chickens! I love your variety of breeds, the Barnvelders are on my wishlist, and I have 4 Wellies. I love the dark brown eggs I get from them. If you are planning on using herbs with your chickens, I can not recommend this book enough, I found it at my bookstore, and then I had to have her other herb/poultry books. https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Eggs-D...=8-1&keywords=fresh+eggs+daily+by+lisa+steele. I hope you enjoy BYC!
  8. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

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

    Your Barred bird is a cockerel, but the rest appear female. Good luck with your new flock!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    G'day Krystal - nice to meet you. BYC has a large Aussie community spread through out the many threads and forums. Always room for more.
  10. krystalls

    krystalls Hatching

    Oct 2, 2016
    QLD, Australia
    Thanks everyone :)

    CuzChickens I think by now I have read through her whole website! I'll have to see if I can find her books here. The barnevelder and welsummer were the two chickens I had to have, now I'm just waiting for the welsummer to get all the beautiful markings, oh and of course some eggs down the track!

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