I have my first chickens!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by starchicky, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. starchicky

    starchicky Songster

    Sep 14, 2013
    It seems like we have been building our coop for forever, but the girls are in and seem to be adjusting well to their new home! We took in two adult hens from a friend who was moving. They are a Rhode Island Red and a Red Star, both have laid wonderful eggs already! We also got two baby black Sex-Linked chicks, they are super cute and I'm very excited to raise them! I've raised a parrot before but never chickens, it feels great to have birds again, I truly love their personalities. I was happily surprised that they have gotten used to the neighbor's dog and our cat being around rather quickly. I will be keeping a close on their interactions, but I hope overall that the other animals' presence will keep predators away. Our coop we built from the ground up and we tried to make it as impenetrable as possible. I hope to post the building process soon and what we learned. I have learned so much from other people's post on here, thank you so much for the time and effort put into your posts!

    My long term goal is to have the hens free range at least somewhat and incorporate them into the garden design. We've had an extremely successful garden in our first summer in our house, so we are excited to add chicken manure to the compost. We've also started to sprout seed for the chickens, I've been trying to figure out diet supplementation for them, reading about sprouts and fodder. We will also be growing mealworms soon, we've needed an excuse to grow them for our lizard anyways. I'd like to get them on as natural a diet as possible.

    Any advice on diet or DIY watering and feeding systems would be great! My husband is keen on making everything as automated as possible and is technically savy [​IMG]
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Congrats on taking the plunge! I hope you made that coop nice and big, once you discoverer how addictive chickens are you're going to need the space! Have a browse around the Feeding & Watering Your Flock section for discussions on feeders and waterers. I know there are quite a few of them. Also have a look at this Learning Centre section for some articles on chickens and gardens and which plants they can not/will not eat. Enjoy!
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2013
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  5. peeppeepimajeep

    peeppeepimajeep Hatching

    Sep 14, 2013
    When I built the coop, she had 2 chickens lined up. But I knew....oh I knew...there would be more. We're only allowed 6 by code, don't know how many chicks in addition but I'd say this coop can handle at least that many. I hope...
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  7. starchicky

    starchicky Songster

    Sep 14, 2013
    Yes thankfully we can only have 6! They seem very easy to collect and I've already thought of Brahmas or an easter egger of some sort. Maybe we will add two more in the spring when more chicks are available! I did see the section on feeders and waterers, wow there is alot there.
  8. Ctptcha

    Ctptcha Chirping

    Sep 15, 2013
    You should also try making your own feeders and waterers. By the way,[​IMG]

  9. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Crowing

    May 31, 2013
    Sweet that you got some chicks and[​IMG] by the way.
  10. starchicky

    starchicky Songster

    Sep 14, 2013
    I think we are going to make pvc pipe nipple waterers and feeders (the one with holes cut in the pipe like a chick feeder so they can only get their heads in). Eventually get a rain barrel hooked up too with the autofilling toilet mechanism. Everything is going to be under the coop up off the ground. But first, I think it's time to go clean up chicken poop, yea! lol

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