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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nuwings, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. nuwings

    nuwings Hatching

    Apr 17, 2012
    hello all, my name is amy; i am very new to the world of chickens. 1st off, let me tell u all i recently purchased my very own 1st home (aug 2011...) i have almost 4 acres of land with it; on it all ready growing were pecans, black walnuts, figs & grapes. My backyard is 80% fenced in; with 2 big male dogs in a pen & 2 smaler female house dogs in the house/yard. I recently purchased 18 chicks;; 12 of them came from tractor supply & 6 of them came from a farmers exchange store further down the road. --(3 of them were big, yellow ones, 9 of them are black w/some yellow on them & the last 6 are light brown/dark brown.)-- right now 17 of them are 7 weeks old.. 1 of the big yellow ones died all-ready [​IMG] i dont know what i did wrong with this 1, as the others ones seem to be flourishing.. i was told they are all females,, alas.. i seem to have no male/rooster in my flock.. [​IMG] where do i buy one, what do i do.. right now, during the night, they all stay in a med. size dog crate in my computer room, but the smell... [​IMG] not so wonderfull by the morning. during the daytime, they are set outside in a 5X5 fenced area, but, they will be flying VERY soon.. my boyfriend & my room-mate are building a pen as i type/speak... my question(s) is this;; what do i do now? where do i get a rooster, how many.. i want my chickens for there eggs only.., how long do i have to feed them there $$$ starter food from tractor supply? can they eat grits, rice, cleaned veggies, grass clippings, wheat straw..??? anything else?? i am sooo new/green to this all, i could cry [​IMG] i just want to provide them with all they need;; the right food, the right males..ect... any/all advice will help.. thank you all sooo much... [​IMG] amy [email protected]

  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Hi Amy! [​IMG] from S. Florida! Its great to have you here with us! You should keep your chicks on chick food "starter food" until point of lay, which is around 5 to 6 months, usually. They need the extra nutrition. I know, raising chickens can seem complicated at first, but you will get the hang of it real fast! You've come to the right place, lots of helpful people on this forum! Enjoy!!!
  3. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  4. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    You may find the answer to many of your questions on the FAQ section of the forum.
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. You will only need a roo if you want fertile eggs other than that no roo needed for eggs. :thumbsup

  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  9. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Songster

    May 16, 2011
    Hi && Welcome!!!

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