Just starting my backyard flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sweetlilgem, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. Sweetlilgem

    Sweetlilgem Chirping

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    Hello all!! I am new to chickens and have found this forum very helpful. As I stated I’m just starting my flock and have 6 pretty, what I hope are all pullets. We have decided on a blend of breeds, and all bigger girls.. no bantams. So far I have an Americana Easter Egger, Buff Orpington, Barred Cochin, Buff Brahma, Sapphire Gem and a Rhodes Island Red. These girls just moved out into the coop and we’re getting the brooder ready for a second batch of beauties. Considering a Black Austrolorp, Lavender Orpington, an Isa Brown, Prairie Bluebell Egger and maybe a Blue Laced Wyandotte, possibly another Easter Egger of some sort. I have a large well insulated coop, with a very large closed in Run, lost of room for these already spoilt cheeky chicks. I’m thinking 10 is a good number, no more then 12 and am not really looking for a Roo, as I’m not sure about breeding and hatching yet. However if we get one.. he’ll be the king. Hopefully we won’t get two... yikes. Just trying to have a good time and take good care of a few pretty Hens. I’m in Montana so I’m also learning to deal with some varying weather and I want to do my best with these chicks!! Got my books, got my BYC’s page, got a love for these chicks and I’m ready to enjoy and give them a good life!!
     
  2. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

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    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined us! Good luck with your flock!
     
  3. TomZilla43

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    Hiya Sweetlilgem and :welcome. That's a really diverse flock, immensely cool:celebrate. Very best of luck with your chooks
     
  4. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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  5. Sweetlilgem

    Sweetlilgem Chirping

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    Thank you so much!! That is super helpful info!!
     
  6. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Crossing the Road

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    Hi there! Have your tried brooding with a heat plate or Mama Heating Pad yet? It's so much healthier and natural when chicks are exposed to the cooler room temperature air and only receive heat when they choose it themselves, and they can also sleep quietly through the night and have empty crops in the morning.
    More links that you may find helpful:
    Pseudo Brooder Heater ‘Plate’
    Integrating at 4 weeks old
    Start Raising Your Chicks Outdoors
    How Much Room Do Chickens Need
    Chicken Coop Ventilation - Go Out There And Cut More Holes In Your Coop!


    Best wishes in your new chicken adventure! chickie-.gif flappyChicken.gif
     
  7. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join our wonderful community! :welcome
     
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  8. Melky

    Melky Spring has sprung!

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    Welcome to BYC!​
     
  9. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Songster

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    Hi and welcome!
     
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  10. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    That sounds like a colorful flock. Care to share any pictures of them?
     

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