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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by farmer bud, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. farmer bud

    farmer bud New Egg

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    Hello everyone. I recently got a homemade coop/run from a friend and I'm getting supplies together to start a flock. I've been looking for buff orpington, leghorn, and ameracaunas. Ill post a picture of the coop tomorrow. Im looking for any helpful pointers on specific supplies and ways of keeping them happy and healthy throughout the winter. Thanks
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the BYC flock. The Learning Center is the best place for you to start. It probably will answer most of your questions. For others there are specific forums ie,
    coops, feeding, incubating, that will get specific information to you. You may also want to post on your state thread and hopefully find some chickeners near you. By and large the majority of chicken folks are generous about sharing their knowledge.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    A very warm welcome to BYC from Kenya! [​IMG] I am sure that you will enjoy the site as much as everyone else.

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  4. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    I was born in Des Moines and still have relatives in IA...you guys do get some pretty cold winters there. Fortunately chickens generally do better with cold weather than they do with heat. Here's a link to get you to the IA state thread:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/182/ia-here

    About the Ameracaunas you are looking for...usually what you'll find are really Easter Eggers. They are pretty mixed breed chickens that lay colored eggs.

    Have fun getting into poultry, it's an interesting and rewarding hobby!
     
  5. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
     
  6. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HELLO from NY [​IMG]
     
  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] good luck with your new adventure.
     
  8. gpeters3

    gpeters3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I learned the hard way feeders and waterers need to be hung off the floor high enough they can't poop in them. That means high enough to just allow your smallest birds to get water and feed. All my waterers are heated but I unplug them in warm weather.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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