Many thanks to the members of this board from so. California

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SurfinChicken, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. SurfinChicken

    SurfinChicken Hatching

    Apr 4, 2011
    Hi All!

    I must first thank you for all your infomation on keeping chickens.

    Our boys have been bugging us to have pets for some time. We have a 9 and a 4 yr. old.
    After going through the list of pets (dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, etc.), chickens came to mind. My
    grandparents had chickens on thier ranch and my cousin still has a small flock. I remember them to be reasonably self directed, and
    fun creatures of habit. We dont have to keep them inside the house like other pets, and after reading on this forum
    how to care for them, we decided on 4-day old Ameraucanas/EE's.

    The boys loved setting up the brooder, feeder and waterer, and got real excited when the day came to pick up the baby chicks. It
    was rainy and cold the morning we went pick them up. We made sure we had a warm pack to keep them warm for the half hour drive home.
    Once we got them settled in the brooder, the little chicks crashed like little fur ball dots, a sight most of you are already familiar with.
    I began to think of what the little creatures had gone through the last couple days, and I don't blame them one bit for falling flat on thier faces.

    First issue we faced was pasty butt, and for a week we were checking out our chicks butts! Egg yolk, probiotics, and warm water saw us
    through that, thanks again for your information on this topic. We then noticed our most friendly little girl had a crooked beak. She was originally
    third largest out of the 4, but soon became the lightest of them. I didn't know how concerned I should be until searching on this forum.
    Since we intend them to be pets we decided to keep her in the best health possible. We began feeding her mash, deep dish style, and
    she now comes running every time we walk out the door with a jar of mash. Her name is Gingy. Here's a link to a short video of our chicks
    gobbling mash. Gingy is the one who doesn't leave the dish. There is a good shot of her crooked beak.


    The chicks are now 6 weeks old in an outdoor brooder. My boys love their new pets! I've been especially proud of my 9 year old, in the way he
    takes on the responsibility of caring for the chicks. He's been right beside me learning and involved in every aspect of their care and playing with them
    every day!

    I just want you to know that your information is going to good use!

    You all have really made this quite enjoyable and rewarding for our whole family!


  2. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia, Ca and [​IMG]
  3. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster 8 Years

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    A big hello and welcome from Oregon!
  4. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    [​IMG] from Indiana! [​IMG]

  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. MSDeb

    MSDeb Songster

    Welcome to BYC, glad you decided to join us. This site if full of wonderful chicken people, good advice, and good fun.
    I hope it works out for the little one with the crooked beak.
  7. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    [​IMG] from Kansas

  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Hello and welcome to you and your family! [​IMG] Ahhhh...I hope the scissor beak baby does well. Sounds like your little flock will be well loved and cared for [​IMG]
  9. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster 9 Years

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ocala, FL.

  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Your Gingy looks like she is doing well. [​IMG]

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