I just got started in raising chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sir Big Spur, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Sir Big Spur

    Sir Big Spur New Egg

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    Hello everyone, newbie here. I just got into chickens about 2 weeks ago. My nephew hatched a few eggs for a school project and they all fell in love with them and now my 9 year old had to have some so my brother-in-law gave him a RIR rooster and I went a bought 2 RIR hens. I think I'm more crazy about them than my son.

    We have Poachy, the rooster
    And Molly and Twinkie are the hens


    P.S. The name comes from the fact I'm a USC Gamecocks fan
     
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  2. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] and Good Luck!
     
  3. maggiemooscluckers

    maggiemooscluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congrats! My little chicks are 3 1/2 weeks old and growing fast. Do you have a coop? Are your babies day old chicks or older?
     
  4. Sir Big Spur

    Sir Big Spur New Egg

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    Quote:I made a coop for them form extra wood I had and vinyl siding. The run was made form old fencing my parents had around their pool before they filled it in

    My rooster is about 5 months old
    Molly is about the same age and I think Twinkie may be about 8 months old
     
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  5. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    What fun! [​IMG] Twinkie should be laying? Has she produced for you?
     
  6. Sir Big Spur

    Sir Big Spur New Egg

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    Quote:Both are now laying. We get 1 egg from each every other day, I just thank God that they alternate days so I get an egg every day.
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Welcome from an imp in Washington

    Congrats on the chickens. You came to the right place to talk chicken

    Imp
     
  8. MYNSBTR

    MYNSBTR Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, congrats on your new additions. We got chicks 3 weeks ago. They are darling little things. I am hoping that they are both hens, and neither of them roosters, but I have a bad feeling about one...I think "she" might be a "he". We had them in a little cinder block makeshift "coop" for like 2 weeks, until they figured out how to jump out and poop all over our screened in porch! LOL We since built them a nice coop and are waiting on the run, being that they are still babies, we still have them inside with light on them at night. I am wondering from the more experienced chicken "parents", should I let them out to roam and snack on bugs and such? Or are they ok staying in the coop and coming out a few times a day to play with us?
     
  9. maggiemooscluckers

    maggiemooscluckers Chillin' With My Peeps

    My nine hens will be 4 weeks old tomorrow and they are full time in the coop and run and have been for a week. I was giving them a light at night but they have been in the dark for the past two nights. It is still quite warm here so I am having more of a problem with the chicks being too warm instead of being cold. They absolutely love being outside all the time. In the mornings they are eagerly waiting for me to let them out into the run. They just peck and scratch around all day long. With that being said, I would suggest getting them out as soon as possible.
     
  10. phoneman

    phoneman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    welcome i am from the gamecock city of sumter. so once a gamecock always a gamecock. this chicken thing is really growing. i own about 85 chickens and 23 pheasants. but welcome to the byc family
     

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