New Chicken Lover!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kest3hens, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. kest3hens

    kest3hens New Egg

    Jul 26, 2011
    My name is Karen and am enjoying my 10 new chicks who were born on the 4th of July! Despite our hot weather we are having here in Ohio, I spend lots of time sitting with my babies. They are so interesting to watch and I love it when they venture onto my lap for extra attention. My husband, Rolf and I , are empty nesters and already have had 3 goats living in our barn for the last nine years. I have always wanted chickens but thought they would be too much work with a full time job, etc. Now I plan on working part time so decided it was time to make the move and make a coop in our barn.
    My coop is 7 x 11 feet. Their outdoor run is 26' by 18'. Since my chicks are only three weeks old, I haven't let them go outside yet. I have read I can do that at 4 weeks. Does that sound right?
    I have 2 Welsummer Bantams, 1 Buff Orpington, 4 Delawares, 2 Plymouth Rocks and 1 Golden Laced Wyandot. Hopefully, all are female since they were sexed. If I decide to add more, how soon can I introduce the new chicks to the original 10 I have now??
    I am so excited to find this site and can't wait to hear suggestions. Oh, what is the "poop catcher" I have seen mentioned to put under the roosts?
    I will post pictures soon. I love being a new chicken mom!!!
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. Some people use a poop board under the roosts to catch poop at night. I use hay, easier to clean out each week.
  3. kest3hens

    kest3hens New Egg

    Jul 26, 2011
    Thanks Dawg53! I think I will try straw like you...seems easier. [​IMG]
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Welcome to the forum from Kansas!! [​IMG]
  5. txchick05

    txchick05 New Egg

    Jul 26, 2011
    welcome! i'm a new chicken mommy too! My mom has chickens, ducks, dogs, and a cat and use to have goats. so she is a good resource of info for me about chickens! She lives in the country, I'm in the city. Hopefully, I will have good luck with my girls without any neighbor complaints! My girls are officially one day old and appear very healthy and active! Best of luck to you! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011
  6. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

    Jun 20, 2010
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  7. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
  8. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  10. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Good morning and welcome from Michigan![​IMG]

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