New chicken chick in CA!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by regfo3, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. regfo3

    regfo3 New Egg

    Aug 19, 2014
    Hi everyone! I'm new to the world of chickens and currently have 3 chicks that are about 5-6 weeks old. My first experience with chicks started out a bit rocky--we lost two of three in the first week, which I wasn't prepared for, so it's made me really nervous about the three we have now. I have one buff Orpington, and I thought the other two were barred rocks, but now I'm not so sure. They used to look so similar I could hardly tell them apart, but as they've gotten bigger, they look very different, and not at all like the photos of barred rock pullets I've seen! Maybe someone can help me identify them.

    In general I have TONS of questions about raising baby chicks. I have 3 kids, a 4 year old boy and 2 year old twin girls, and in a lot of ways I'm finding the chicks harder to care for than they were as babies! It's much less instinctual, I guess.

    Looking forward to learning more about raising chickens from everyone on the forum!
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about the loss of your first chicks, glad the new ones are doing well. A great place to start for chicken info is the BYC Learning Center, lots of nice articles on all aspects of poultry keeping and here is a nice article on keeping chicks for the first few months
    You might want to post pictures of your BR? pullets in the What Breed/Gender forum for help with figuring out what they are
  3. regfo3

    regfo3 New Egg

    Aug 19, 2014
    Thank you so much for the info! I'll check out those links and ask in the forum for help identifying the breed :)
  4. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 5, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry for your losses!

    Kelsie has given you great links. The learning center is defiantly a place to check out.

    Glad you joined and enjoy your peepers!
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Kelsie has you on a good path to lots of learning. Definitely stop by the article on raising your chicks for the first 60 days. Lots of good info there. Sorry you lost a few chicks originally. Hopefully this group stays happy and healthy. :)

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on posting pics of your Barred Rocks on our What Breed or Gender Section is This? If you want to post pics on here, we can take a look at them as well. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  8. regfo3

    regfo3 New Egg

    Aug 19, 2014
    Thank you all so much! One thing I've learned from the short time I've been raising chickens is that everyone is so helpful and you've all been so welcoming. I love it!

    I'm mobile about 99% of the time and did try to upload some photos in the Breed/Gender forum, but it wasn't working. Do I have to be on the computer to do that?

    Thank you all again for the help and warm welcome!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I'm sure someone will give you the mobile link. I don't have a cell phone but, I've heard others having a problem when not using a computer.
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]

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