Hi! Just joined, but I've been a lurker for many months.....!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MissChris, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. MissChris

    MissChris Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2012
    Howdy, folks! Just joined today, but I must admit....(ahem....blush, blush....)....... I've been a "lurker" for many months - since early last spring! That's when I got bit with the bug to raise my own little backyard flock and started searching for information so I'd have a better idea of what I'd be getting myself into. Spent a lot of time on this site, as well as other sites, reading and learning, and really appreciate all the contributions from all the members here. Hope that I can add to the conversations! Unfortunately, the four girls I raised this summer were attacked by a predator a few weeks ago. (My dog had gotten in trouble with my neighbor for digging at the edge of his yard, and I could no longer leave her loose to watch over the coop at night, and those darn predators were smart enough to know the guard was no longer on duty. They were very determined to get in, and managed to pull it off.....so sad....) I'm rebuilding the coop and vow to make this rebuild the Ft Knox of chicken coops. I just got four new babies over the weekend that are a week old today, and have them in a brooder in the basement. I am so happy to be a chicken momma again!
  2. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2012
    Lucky Duck Pond
    [​IMG]I was a lurker before I joined too [​IMG]
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us. So sorry to hear about your losses. Best of luck with your new chicks :thumbsup
  5. jeep381

    jeep381 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 9, 2012
    I'm really sorry to hear about your chicks. I would be devastated. I have my coop inside two 6 X 8 ft. wire dog pens, with the top also. Dug around the pens about 12 inches and put fencing in the ground to discourage diggers. They are in a fortress!!! LOL
    But the woods is right behind the coop so now I feel safe for my 6 hens that are about 6 mos. old.
    Glad to have you aboard.
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  7. MissChris

    MissChris Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2012
    Thanks for all the warm welcomes!
    Forgot to mention in my original post I'm in the Northern Kentucky area - just across the river from Cincinnati. Anyone else in my neck of the woods? If so, give me a shout - would love to get to know some local chicken lovers!
  8. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2012
    Hello from Oregon & welcome to BYC. Sorry to hear about your loss. My run is a dog kennel lined with chicken wire with a top. Ive had creepers but no one has gotten in. I let my girls out during the day to stretch. I did lose 1 to a dog but thats it so far.
  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Hi, MissChris & Francie - WELCOME to you both!

    I'd highly recommend reading a ton in the coop section - for your fencing, be sure to sink it into the ground. I, too, learned the hard way, but "knock wood" after rebuilding and sinking my fencing into the ground, I have not had a loss!

    Enjoy your new little ones, and be sure to post pics!!
  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, MissChris, and [​IMG]! Glad you joined our flock! Lots of former lurkers turned members on BYC! I wish you the best!!

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