It is I, the grossest object in the universe.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MeGross, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. Hi! I do art and I like chickens and I'm sad. And anxiety ridden, much like a dog with fleas. I am a disgusting human being infecting a new part of the internet by coming here to talk about chickens.

    My family used to own chickens, about 27 of them. It was one big feathery mess, but that slowed down when my mother made one of the worst decisions she has ever made to this date and got a hunting dog which killed most of our chickens because she neglected to cage the thing. But that's besides the point.

    We've recently aquired some more chickens, 3 Rhode Island Reds. They're still 'babies', and by 'babies', I mean they're at that stage where they look like they've been attacked by a cat. And still regrowing their feathers. One of them is the same size as the others, but they're not growing their feathers as fast as the others, and they seem to be extremely attached to me. And I'm of course extremely worried about her.

    I've come here to get some advice about how to raise my chickens properly, since I don't exactly trust my family with chickens, especially after what happened last time.

    As mentioned before I do have a lot of anxiety and problems with depression. So just, be very very careful when talking to me, or I could have a major freakout and abandon all hope.

    And as a final note, I have NO IDEA what I'm doing.
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for your interesting introduction.

    These links may help:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-your-baby-chicks
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...ks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224


    All the best
    CT
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community!
     
  4. N F C

    N F C just blowing in the wind Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thanks for joining us, it's nice to have you here!
     
  5. FerraroPoultry

    FerraroPoultry New Egg

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    Hello. Welcome to BYC. I am new here as well, and I have no real idea what I am doing. Could the chick possibly be a different sex than the others, that might possibly be the reason it is not developing as fast?
     
  6. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you with us!
     
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello, and welcome to the forum! I am fixing to celebrate my first year on here, and I have loved it so much, I hope you will too! There is tons of great info and friendly folks, so pull up a chair and make yourself at home! :frow

    ~Cuz
     
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under MeGross [​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]
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    all chickens do not grow in feathers at the same rate - also male chickens tend to be slower to feather out. Please don' t stare at them and make them embarrassed, I'm sure they are doing the best they can.
     
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  10. Thanks for all the replies!
    My little hen is actually a girl. She was purchased and born at the same time as the others. She's darker in color than the others, and I was worried she was a runt so I started feeding her mealworms so she would grow faster.
    For now she'll be my favorite.
    I'm not as worried about her as I was before. So thanks for telling me that maybe it was just difference in chickens.
     

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