Hi! I'm new to this whole chicken thing.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by haleyannxoxoxo, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. haleyannxoxoxo

    haleyannxoxoxo In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2018
    Puyallup, WA
    Hello! My names Haley. I'm brand new to the chicken thing. We live within city limits in WA and will be raising urban chickens. :) I know a few people who raise free range chickens but no one with experience raising chickens in an urban setting.

    We just picked up a rhode island red, buff orpington, gold sex link, ameraucana, and a sagitta. A friend is sending me home with two silver lace wyondottes tomorrow, as well. We wanted good layers who aren't super flighty and will make docile pets with good handling.

    I have them on a medicated start and grow chick crumble right now, with chick grit (granite), and chick-specific electrolyte fortified water. They have a heat lamp, and my husband is building a nice big indoor brooder as I type so we can add roosting poles and offer enough space for 7 large breed chicks. I read today that a clump of grass with dirt attached is a good thing to add, so I did that this morning- they seem to love it.

    I honestly have no idea which is which. I know which one the rhode island is, just because she is red. Two of them are goldish, one lighter than the other, and one is really pretty black/silver/mottled color and fluffier than the others. The biggest one (she is a couple days older than the others), has lots of coloring. I'll get pictures later and post.

    I found out about this site while I was doing some homework before picking out my chicks. Almost every google search I start lands me here, so I figure this would be a good place to get help and learn as we figure this out.

    I am a patient account coordinator for a nursing unit in a healthcare admin facility. My husband is a carpenter. We have a big lab/pointer/dane mix, and a blended family of 4 girls with a new baby girl on the way (coming in July). I am a photographer, paper crafter, and crisis counselor as well as a peer advocate and substance-use recovery rockstar/member of NA. I volunteer for NAMI and PAWS, too.

    I'm excited for this new adventure with chickens. My husband is excited to have something fun to do as the weather clears up. He likes to stay busy building stuff, and is an animal lover, so this works out.

    I'm happy to be here, am open to ideas/suggestions, and have no idea what I'm doing so am very happy to be teachable. :)
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  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
  3. FrankieDoodle

    FrankieDoodle Poppy-Dog

    Jul 29, 2017
    :frow Welcome to BYC!!! :woot
  4. Always nice to have more chicken lovers here at BYC!:ya:frow
  5. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

    Dec 12, 2013

    You chose some nice breeds to start with, I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures!

    How lucky you are to have a carpenter in the family...better get him started on a coop asap, those little balls of fluff grow fast.

    Thanks for joining us!
  6. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Free Ranging

    Feb 22, 2016
    South East England
    My Coop
    Enjoy your chickens!! :D
  7. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy Haley :welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Most of us don't know what we're doing here but make the best of it. :gigJust kiding!:lau

    Sometimes I think I spend all my waking hours here - in between my numerous naps. Just love this place.:yesss:
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  9. Sdominique

    Sdominique Songster

    Mar 18, 2018
    Henry, Tennessee
    Welcome! Glad to have you. And yes this site is addictive. Everybody is friendly and it's like walking into a giant chicken info library and shouting your question. You'll get an answer back lol
  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G'Day from down under Haley :frowWelcome and Congratulations!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out.

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)

    You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

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