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New Chicken Owner in Indianapolis

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Clairetango, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. Clairetango

    Clairetango In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2015
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Hi, my name is Lori. I live in Indianapolis and am uber new into chickens. Over the New Year holiday, I was asked to care for my egg ladies’ flock while she and her daughter went away. I’ve been purchasing fresh eggs from her for over two years. I enjoyed watching her flock so much that I started thinking about getting my own.
    At first I couldn’t figure out how I was going to afford to build a coop from scratch, but after mulling it over, I realized, I didn’t have to start from scratch. I’ve owned my home for 20 years and there was a playhouse in the back yard from the previous owner. I had converted it into a dog run, and that now has become my coop (with modifications). The playhouse is 6’ x 10’ and the two adjoining kennel runs measure 12’ x 12’. I covered the kennel runs. In addition, I’ve made a 50’ x 50’ fenced area they can range in when I’m home to supervise them.
    After I decided I wanted a flock of my own, I started investigating getting pullets because I didn’t want to start with chicks when I knew so little. After putting my intentions out in the universe, I was offered an existing flock of young hens and a rooster by a friend who is heading into a divorce. It was a win/win situation. I took possession of the flock yesterday, Valentine’s Day.
    There are 14 hens and a beautiful black/green Cochin rooster. There are three Ameracana, one Barred Rock, some Red Star and some Rhode Island Reds. This is actually a much higher number of birds than I wanted to start with but it was an all or none proposition, including the rooster. I was not sure I wanted a rooster, but I’m told that Cochin roosters are especially laid back.
    I found BackYardChickens on Facebook first and then backed into the website.
    I have several pets. I have four Shetland Sheepdogs and a Collie (so far the collie is the one most interested in the chickens from his side of the fence), one cat and five parrots. Now I’ve more than doubled my animal population. Luckily I have neighbors that help with petsitting when I go out of town. I work in the legal profession and of course, they all think I’m that “crazy animal lady” anyway.

    I'm excited that I have such a rich resource in this website to help me in my new venture [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2015

  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    It sounds like you have a lovely group of birds! Good luck with all of your chickens, and other animals! [​IMG]

    If you have any questions, just feel free to ask. We'll be happy to help.
  3. Clairetango

    Clairetango In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2015
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    Thank you, I'm sure I'll have lots of questions over time.

  4. 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]

    Sounds like you have a lovely flock! I don't own any Cochins but I think they are just gorgeous especially the roosters!

    Enjoy your wonderful flock and if you have any questions about things, feel free to ask.

    Welcome to our flock!
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  6. Chickenlovers6

    Chickenlovers6 In the Brooder

    Nov 3, 2013
  7. Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG]

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in a PM!!

    Good luck with the flock!!


  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Lori. Glad you decided to our flock. We are all "chicken crazy" here. Beware of "chicken math." Very few BYC members are immune to it. :eek:) 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.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    Good luck with all your animals! I bet they all keep you quite busy.[​IMG]
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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