I am New here and getting my first chicks!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Beecht, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Beecht

    Beecht Hatching

    Apr 8, 2009
    Halfway Oregon
    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? I just ordered my first chicks today.... they will ship on 5/27

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?
    I ordered 12 pullets and found out they ship with an additional 10 males for warmth

    (3) What breeds do you have?
    I ordered the mixed, so I have no idea what I will get. Figured since I couldn't decide on what to gt this would work well

    (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com?
    From the Ideal Chicken web sight

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?
    Well, I have 2 pygmy goats, 1 nubian, 1 pot bellied pig, 2 doxies, 1 mut, 5 acres and a fishing pole!

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.

    I just moved back to Halfway Oregon in Sept 08. I had spent the lase 20+ years in Phoenix AZ and am sooooo gald to be back in the country! I love to have my animals, grow a garden. I want to learn how to can this fall.. I love to fish and camp!

    I do have a question...

    What shall I do with the 10 males that are included in my order for warmth?? How will I figure out which ones they are?? Any other sugestions for this new chicken lover??

  2. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hello and [​IMG] from NC
  3. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
    [​IMG] from Missouri!
  4. Foxhound lady

    Foxhound lady Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    TX baby!
    The males for warmth are generally the same breed and you can call Ideal and have then mark the extras at no charge.

    As for the getting rid of them
    a. take them to a feed store and give them away. Mine has a book of people wanting certian chickens
    b. craiglist them
    c. raise them and eat them.

    As for suggestions.

    Handle them when ever you can, and yogurt is ok in the 1st week.

    Forgot to mention Welcome to the BYC!!!!!
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2009
  5. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK

    Packing Peanuts have many uses...they actually grow up to be chickens and poof you have more birds! Then you could eat them, sell them to friends and family...unless they are good then sell them to people that have money. You could start training to be a boxer (think Rocky)... um... I am running out of caffine...be back with more ideas
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  7. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    okay took a hit of caffine

    suggestions...you should have ordered more. that will never be enough birds to satisfy the addiction you have started by joining this group of enablers. Go get an incubator...no the bigger one...truat me you will need it...on that thought...save your bacon grease (we will get back to why you need that later as well) You should have built the coop bigger and you need some bantams cuz

    bantams rule

    standards drool

    I am still in school

    but I am leaving now and am not really good at ryhming so it is probably a good thing I teach science

  8. Beecht

    Beecht Hatching

    Apr 8, 2009
    Halfway Oregon
    Oh Yea! I think I am going to like it here.

    about the boys, I do want to raise them and eat them... but do I need to keep them away from the girs? and will it be obivious they are the boys when they are older??

    Oreder more eh... I thought I was doing good to order 12 and find out I will actually have 22..[​IMG]

    I have so much to learn....

    Thanks for the very warm welcome!
  9. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    Welcome from Indiana... [​IMG]
    You don't necessarily need to keep them away from the hens but you may have to seperate the roos later on if they start fighting. Are all the chicks going to be the same breed?
  10. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive


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