New Chicken Lover in Virginia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SgtChikkin, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. SgtChikkin

    SgtChikkin Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2014
    Hi, I live in the woods on a couple acres in Northern Virginia, and we have been planning on getting chickens for a few years. They will be arriving on Thursday this week. :)

    We are new to chickens, but we have been living on or near farms since we were kids. This will be the first time as chicken owners.

    My son recently adopted a chicken he found wandering the school parking lot. He brought her home, and she decided to stay. We named her Henrietta Houdini. She has a knack for slipping in and out of fences, boxes, and other obstacles.

    Henrietta looks like a Rhode Island Red. We also have 6 chicks on the way:
    1 black cochin male
    1 black cochin female
    2 ameraucana females
    1 silver egyptian fayoumi female
    2 silver kraienkoppe females

    In our research in preparing for chickens, we found BYC through almost every internet search for information. So far, this forum has been a HUGE help in getting us prepared. I just finished framing the hen house and will be finished with it in time for the chicks to move in after they are a little older. Henrietta, however, is ready for it NOW.

    Our hobbies are cooking, playing, guitar, and woodworking. We also have a tuxedo cat and a goldfish pond out back. We are birdwatchers and take part in Feederwatch every year. So far Henrietta, loves visiting the feeders and running off the squirrels. She also runs off the cat.

    Anyways, thank you, everyone - for all the information you have already posted to these forums. It is invaluable.

    I took some pictures from the past few days and attaching them here.

    Sgt Chikkin



    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014
  2. LoganTW

    LoganTW Chillin' With My Peeps

    WELLLLLLLLLLLLLCOME!!!!!!!!!!......sorry I'm really happy today!!![​IMG]
  3. LoganTW

    LoganTW Chillin' With My Peeps

    PS cute chickens!!!!!!!!
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you onboard with us [​IMG]

    Look's like you are getting ready with a nice coop well built [​IMG]

    Even a nice brooder, you are set to go [​IMG]


    The foam look's better then the over crowding here [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]
  5. SgtChikkin

    SgtChikkin Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2014
    Thanks, Logan! I'm pretty darned happy today too! [​IMG]

    Beautiful birds you have there, Gander. What breed are those?

    Oh, and do you have any advice as to what I should put in the bottom of my brooder so the chicks don't slip on the plastic or get their legs stuck in the drain holes?

    Sgt Chikkin
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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

    Good luck in all your poultry adventures and enjoy your cute babies!
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Good luck with Henrietta and your chicks.
  8. LoganTW

    LoganTW Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I had my chicks I used wood shavings, but looking back I would use straw. It's cheaper and I think it's a little better, but that's just me.[​IMG]
  9. SgtChikkin

    SgtChikkin Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2014
    Thanks, everybody! :)

    I will try your recommendation, Logan.

  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! The best bedding for chicks, at least in my opinion, is pine wood shavings.

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