Lovin my chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LorenMcHugh, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. LorenMcHugh

    LorenMcHugh Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 1, 2013
    I've had chickens for about 8 months now and I am kinda surprised at how much I have grown to love these silly birds. My husband and I and our 3 small children started out with 4 Rhode island red chicks newly hatched. My husband built a beautiful coop with an attached pen but we let them free range for most of the day. They seem the happiest out and about foraging for bugs and eating grass. We sadly lost two of our girls to predators already so I'm much more apprehensive on letting them out all day. I just bought 3 new chicks about 3 weeks old that are RIR hybrids. Wish they were a little smaller when I got them like our first girls cause they are very scary and it's taking a while for them to get used to us. Our two 8 month old girls aren't too fond of the newcomers yet either...afraid it's gonna be a rough transition for everyone when the babies are old enough to live in coop with the big girls. I've read that some people have no trouble introducing new chickens and others have lots of trouble...we'll see how it goes.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC, and good luck with combining your flocks.
  3. LorenMcHugh

    LorenMcHugh Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 1, 2013
    Thanks...I've been referring to this site for advice about my girls and never realized it had this whole forum and community attached to it...it's nice. I'd love some advice on what to do about a stressed chicken. Our cat had been getting aggressive with my one grown girl and I noticed the other day she was losing some feathers...I thought she may be molting until I found she had a wound on her neck that must be from the cat...needless to say I'm going to have to find a new home for our cat. My girl is still eating and acting normal, laying daily for the most part. Is it just stress that made her lose some feathers? Will she be ok? I cleaned her wound and put antibiotic ointment on it. Has anyone had a similar problem??
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  5. MotherAmanda

    MotherAmanda Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 3, 2013
    South East Georgia
    [​IMG]they are just fun to just sit and watch aren't they?!
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
  7. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2013
    Anchorage, Alaska.
    Hello and welcome.[​IMG]
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!
  9. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve. :frow

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