Just saying hi


In the Brooder
May 21, 2017
Hello I am new but I have been occasionally browsing around as a guest for a while. I am officially getting into raising chickens and turkeys. I currently have 12 chickens and 3 turkeys. I have a wide variety of breeds so I can tell them apart and so that I get a very colorful assortment of eggs. For the turkeys I have 2 Narragansetts and 1 White Holland. For the chickens I have 2 easter eggers and 1 each of barnevelder, cream legbar, lavender orpington, blue andalusian, columbian wyandotte, silver laced wyandotte, golden laced wyandotte, partridge rock, speckeled sussex, and a welsummer. They are all about 5-6 weeks old right now. I just put them all out into the coop outside a couple days ago. So far the turkeys and chickens get along fine but don't really intermingle much. They turkeys are way friendlier and social than the chickens so far. You can see their setup in the picture. The blue barrel on the left is a dustbath.
I am open to any suggestions to make their coop/run better for them.

I am a biologist. I have worked with mountain lion and bat research and I currently do environmental consultation for migratory birds and tortoises on construction projects. I own my own house that I have completely gutted and have been remodeling for the past 2 years. As for hobbies I have a huge garden and an orchard that I started last year and have been expanding on this year. The picture is my garden last summer.
This year I have added 4 more beds and cattle panels connecting them as a trellis going up and over the walkway. I do a lot of canning and dehydrating for my veggies and herbs (and fruits in the future). Even with that I always have plenty extra so I am hoping the chickens can take care of the rest that I don't need or can't get to in time and compost for me. I would like to eventually get around to making my own herbal teas too but haven't had the time or resources to do it. As you can tell there's a lot of stuff to do on my bucket list. It's never-ending but I enjoy it all the same. As for other pets I have a cat, ferret and 17 sugar gliders (my avatar pic is one of my gliders with her joey nursing).


Project Manager
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Mar 21, 2011
New Mexico, USA
My Coop
My Coop
Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

Very nice pictures! Wow, a biologist, that must be quite interesting! The more one knows about their surroundings and world, the easier it is to see the connection we have to it.

Make yourself at home here and welcome to our roost! :)

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jan 30, 2015
Hello and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us and congrats on your setup - I'm sure you birds a very content.

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/learning-center.11/ 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 - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

All the best


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