New Chicken Mom

MO Hen Mom

May 6, 2015
So my teenage daughter talked me into starting a flock of backyard chickens this spring. We had moved last year to a small town that allows urban chickens and the local feed store was having "Chick Days" so the next thing you know, we have chickens. I have a good friend with a backyard flock and he told me not to worry, chickens are easy. He was right.

We started with 4 Buff Orpingtons and 4 Plymouth Barred Rocks. They came home as chicks and we grew them indoors until they were fully feathered and ready to head outside. We converted an old play fort/swing set into a chicken coop and run and our lovely ladies are now outside. I have to thank Steadfast's Chicken Coop design for helping give me ideas on what to do in converting the fort into a chicken palace. We did clip everyone's wings when they moved outside which was much easier than expected.

My friends and family laugh because I have learned so much about my hens, what they need, what they like, how much space they need and what predators to protect them from. My hens each have their own unique personalities and quirks. I am really happy with the breeds I chose as they get along well together and are easy to manage. I am very excited for when they start laying.

I will eventually post pictures of my flock and my coop. This site has been very helpful to me as I begin this journey as a "Chicken Mom" and I am really glad I am now official!

Thanks for everyone who posts and shares about their backyard flocks. The shared knowledge is especially helpful for us newbies!

Mary Bibey
MO Hen Mom


6 Years
Jul 24, 2013
Hi Mary and welcome to our flock!

So glad you could join BYC! Congratulations on beginning your chicken-keeping adventures. Sounds like you have a lovely little flock now! Plymouth Rocks and Orpingtons are two excellent breeds, well known for good egg production and docile temperaments.

Good luck with your birds and welcome to our community!

Michael OShay

5 Years
May 14, 2014
Welcome to BYC, Mary. Glad you decided join our flock. Raising chickens is a wonderful experience for children. My granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) loves our chickens. 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.

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Aug 26, 2009
Out to pasture
Nice to meet you Mary, glad you joined us at BYC. You may want to post at "Pictures and stories of my chickens." so more folks will get to enjoy them.

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