Just learning in NorCal

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AuntB, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. AuntB

    AuntB Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2012
    Granite Bay, CA
    Hi all--

    I've been lurking on this site for about 2 months now. This site has been invaluable to me as I've been learning what it takes to raise chickens! About 6 weeks ago I got 6 Delaware chicks (3.5 weeks at the time). I broke all the rules and got them without having a brooder or a coop in place. Luckily my DH is crafty with his power tools and has great vision for all the construction materials (and possible construction materials) we have laying around. In one 24 hour period he put together a mini-coop (32 square feet) made out of an old loft bed we had earmarked for the dump. You never know when those bits and pieces laying around may come in handy--that loft bed is not only my mini-coop, but parts are now in the main coop too. For the past 5 weeks he and I have been building a new home for our chickens. Last night they spent their first night in their new Chicken Palace. I hope to get pictures up soon of the process. The whole building is not finished yet. We still have a door to build, a window to install, and some hardware cloth to affix to the building--but that is all on the tool shed half and the girls are tucked in tight in their new home. I read so many posts on this site and grabbed the pearls of wisdom here and there to create my own little chicken kingdom. The run is the next to finish, and I've already been thinking through all the suggestions I've read here to incorporate in the run.

    It's been fun watching them grow up. And having them so long in the mini-coop, hand carrying them to the mini-run (the dog kennel) to play for the day, has helped us all bond. They're pretty fond of me now. Their personalities are starting to really come forward, and I know who the top hen is now! I've named her Aunt B (said "Aint B"). I've adopted her name for this forum.

    I look forward to more lurking, and now that I have the ability to, maybe I can chime in a time or two also.

    Aunt B in NorCal
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from Modesto! :)
  3. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Hi and [​IMG] So glad you joined us!!![​IMG]
  4. lancetrace

    lancetrace Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2012
    Healdsburg, CA
    Welcome. I'm new, too. I have two flocks I will be introducing to each other in the next couple weeks. All babies but five weeks apart. I love love my chickens. Actually worked on our chicken run last night. Will be finished in a couple days. I'm from Healdsburg, CA.
  5. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Hello & welcome to BYC from Kentucky!

    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  6. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
    howdy neighbor
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, AuntB, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us! Love the "Aint B" reference!! Best of luck to you!
  8. PFSfarmer

    PFSfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2012
    My Coop
    There is great people and info here......[​IMG]
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

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