Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bmanty, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. bmanty

    bmanty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2017
    Fergus Falls MN
    Hi Everyone, my name is Brady and live in MN. We purchased a house that came with a coop and five chickens. One leghorn, australorp, two Rhode Island Reds, and a large hen I cannot identify that I put on the identification page. Since we moved in two years ago, my large unknown is the only original one remaining and doing very well.

    We did not know the ages of the birds when we got here but only one was laying eggs and over the course of last year the birds were fine one day and then just laying down motionless the next and passed away. I think they were just old or had some heart failure (Is this normal). I also got four leghorns and 3 silver laced wyandottes (full grown) this last year and they are thriving very well.

    This is all new to me and I do my best to keep the coop clean, gave them an extended back yard by moving their fences and plan to give them more of a jungle gym inside and outside the coop to hop around on. They also get plenty of treats too and scratch grains. I am also getting four chicks, 2 reds and 2 barred rocks in a couple weeks. Excited to try and raise them but very nervous. Look forward to speaking and sharing ideas.

  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    put your photos of the "large unknown hen," on the "what breed or bender is this," thread. They should be able to ID her.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Brady and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. Yes, chickens can just keel over and die from all sorts of causes - old age is one (mine don't get that luxury). Here's a few links on raising chicks that may be interesting:

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
  5. bmanty

    bmanty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2017
    Fergus Falls MN
    Thanks everybody, look forward to learning and getting lots of eggs and raising some babies.

    I did put a picture of my rusty colored hen on the ID page

  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Brady [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some great starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Brady, it's nice to have you here!
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, Brady, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our flock! Looks like you've already received some great advice and links so I will just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]

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