Hi there! Noob with questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by frenchtchr, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. frenchtchr

    frenchtchr Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, been lurking for a while and finally decided to join up because I have questions that I've not seen answered or haven't yet found a thread yet. Anyhow, I'm new to chickens, and so far it's been going well. We picked up chicks on 7/23 that were a week old at the time. Two Orpingtons, two Brahmas, & two ameraucanas. All seemed well, but two died sadly- one brahma and one Orpington.

    Anyhow, my girls are in a coop outside with an attached run and seem to be doing well, one ameraucana- Nugget- seems to be the boss because she's the largest of the bunch. I also picked up three more chicks in early August, a Wyandotte, speckled Sussex and a cuckoo maran, who are not in the coop yet as they're not quite the same size as the others but are getting close.

    I've read the threads about introducing chickens, but seeing as how they're all not full grown yet do I follow the same protocols? When can I let them free range a bit without worrying they won't go back in their coop? I have a dog who wants to chase them in addition to 2 kids(5&2)- dog is crazy- she's a year old Frenchie who is still learning "leave it", so they can't be out unsupervised anyhow. Suggestions are appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great links already from Y/Coop, so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
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  4. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    Great links to check out!
     
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock, thanks for joining us
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings and :welcome. Happy you joined us. You already received some great links from Yorshire Coop so I'll just say best wishes! :)
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello there and welcome to Backyard chickens!! Yorkshire hooked you up with great links (as always) so I will just say hello and wish you the best of luck on your chicken venture!! I hope you enjoy BYC and have as much fun here as I have!
     
  10. frenchtchr

    frenchtchr Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL! Turns out Nugget was a rooster...he went back to his farm. :p
     

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