New Chicken Mommy in the Blue Ridge Mountains if NC

littleedith

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Today my husband, 4 year old son and I brought home our very first chickens... 8 chicks from the local tractor supply co. 4 red ( 1 biggest with black and brown speckled wing tips, 1 medium with yellowy band down head and back with white wings, and 2 "twins" with white wings, both smallest of the reds, with ones wings longer than the other) 1 larger pale yellowy chick that looks like a duckling, 1 larger mostly black chick with sunny yellow super fluffy fur and 2 "bantam" chicks, super small, one all speckly brown with black and bits of yellow, lots of patterns, and one teeny tiny feisty little black one with subtle white tipped wings. I do not know the names or kinds. Just excited to start the journey and learn as we go. We were given a huge chain link fenced in hand built coop with ramps and roosts and nesting boxes and smaller mesh and plexi glass top two week old beginner coop with food shells feeders water trough and the works for 50 bucks by our neighbors. We enjoyed their chickens visiting our yard and compost pile all year and learned how friendly and fun and enjoyable they are. We even learned they could fly and one black beauty made it all through winter and had recently and regularly began to climb, hop and flutter her way up into our huge pine tree boughs every night after all 5 of her sisters had been pecked off one by one these past few months by wildlife and neighborhood dogs. She was our Little Edith, whom our screen name is dedicated to, and we found her body last week. Our neighbors gave up. But we hope to do all we can to keep our girls alive and happy. Especially because we have dogs of our own. Any comments welcome to assist us in our journey. We will post chick pics and coop pics as we go. Today is day 1.
 
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Kelsie2290

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Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Congratulations on your new chicks! Here is a really nice article on keeping chicks the first few weeks https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...ks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens What sort of brooder are you using for your chicks now?

Sounds like you got a nice assortment of chicks, if you want to try and figure out what you have, you could post pictures in the What Breed Or Gender Is This forum https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this

Be sure to check out the BYC Learning Center, it has lots of good articles on all aspects of chicken keeping. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

And it is always fun to check out your state thread for chicken keeping neighbors https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/91762/north-carolina
 

drumstick diva

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Please check out the predator and coop sections so you can make it as secure from predators as possible. If you plan to free range your birds - you have to expect losses to predators. Chickens don't have many defensive tactics - just hiding or flying away. If their wings are clipped they are at a big disadvantage - like a de- clawed cat.
 

TwoCrows

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Welcome to BYC!

I am sorry about loosing your birds to predators. Drumstick Diva X2 You need to check out our Predators section for more info on keeping your birds safe and get a nice secure coop built for them. Roosting in the trees will sadly end in death for your birds.

You have been given lots of great info and links here from other posters. Enjoy this new adventure and welcome to our flock!
 

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