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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Black Beak, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. Black Beak

    Black Beak New Egg

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    Hello all! My wife, 9 month old daughter and i recently got a mixed breed flock of chicks. I believe its still too early to tell what we have as far as roos and hens. We have four australorps, three EE/ araucanas (not confident either way, the farm we got them from said araucanas but after looking at pictures on this site im not entirely convinced, and four buff orpingtons. We will soon be adding a couple of black copper marans too. Im curious about adding some 2-3 day old chicks to the group we have which is about 4 weeks old. Does anyone have some suggestions or advice on raising this many different breeds together? We have plenty of space with two coops already on the property we purchased last year so we can separate any if need be. Anyway this site is amazing and we are looking forward to having our first flock! I added a couple of picks of the brooder i set up in our sun room.[​IMG]
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  2. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC!

    Congratulations on getting your first flock. It may seem overwhelming at times, but ask any questions you might have.

    When adding new chicks to the existing ones, it's best to hold up until they are all about the same size so the larger/older girls don't pick on the littles.

    Here's a real easy way to determine if someone is selling Easter Eggers or Americaunas/Auraucaunas...if they will take less than $5 per chick, it's will be an EE. And they are great birds! We have 1 in our mixed flock and she's a sweetie (plus those pretty blue/green eggs are nice).

    Hope you and your family enjoy the birds!
     
  3. Black Beak

    Black Beak New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice! I believe we paid around $2-$3 for each chick so probably EE's. Im also a huge Heinlein fan, Time Enough for Love is one of my favorite books.
     
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  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congratulations on your new flock of chicks! You've picked out some nice breeds. I've really enjoyed my Easter Egger in particular, because of her good temperament and lovely green eggs.[​IMG]

    Good luck with your chicks!
     
  7. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Here's my chance to show off my lovely EE, Tracy (sort of like "want to see pictures of my grandchildren", lol).

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    Tracy as a chick

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    Tracy all grown up & strutting her stuff
     
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  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Glad you have joined us.

    Congrats on your new flock.

    Agree with NorthFlChick, keep the babies separated until they are older. And when you are ready to integrate the flock visit the learning center articles or post the question of how to accomplish the transition for advice on how to accomplish it on managing your flock.

    Good luck with all. Sounds like a lovely mixed flock.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock. I really love your brooder, looks large and the perch for the chicks is a great touch.
     

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