New chicks coming soon, need tips and tricks to get started right!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by burchaauch, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. burchaauch

    burchaauch In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2016

    I'm a 30 year old nursing student at Oregon Health and Science University and I'm from eastern oregon. I'm married with two children, a 4 year old boy and 7 year old girl. We are excited to get some chicks not only for the delicious farm fresh eggs, but also as some new pets to love on!

    I just bought a bunch of equipment from and plan to use a few ideas from Pinterest to get a pen set up. We have a long area about 6' wide down the length of our house that is doing nothing but growing weeds and housing bugs. This is going to be our new chicken run. One problem we may face are the feral cats and barn owls that live close by. I figured we might run chicken wire from the fence to the roof of our house all the way down to the coop in our backyard, but I'm open to any other ideas!

    I raised two rhode island red chicks when I was a kid along with eight bobwhite quail and six chukar. I raised them on my front porch in the middle of the city and I'm not sure how they survived! I was forced to give them to a farmer when my parents moved to eastern oregon. Ever since I've wanted chicks again, I even attempted to hatch my own in an incubator when I was in high school. Now I find myself in a nice home where a few chickens should thrive.

    The three chicks I'm looking to get are a black australorp, ameraucana, and a black sex link or barred plymouth rock (haven't decided). I chose these breeds based on temperament, laying and egg color. I desire to have a mixed flock in order to better tell the birds apart as well as tell which chicken is laying which egg.

    I am buying a chicken coop because my husband and I currently lack the time and energy to create our own design. I chose a fairly small coop that I plan to use just for overnight. The chickens will be free-range during the day so I thought a small coop shouldn't bother them too bad. It has two laying boxes, a ramp to the coop with a roosting bar and a closable ramp to the outside.

    I am completely new to this, I really don't have any friends or family that own chickens either so I'm very open to any tips and suggestions to help this be an enjoyable and productive experience. My husband and I find value in knowing our eggs came from happy, healthy chickens with pure and natural diets and I want to learn all the tricks to creating a happy and healthy lifestyle for my chickens!

    Thanks in advance to anyone who may have tips for me!


  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Very nice to meet you Christ, so glad you joined us at Backyard chickens. The Learning Center is a great place to start a chicken education. You joining you state thread will keep you informed of what is happening around you. Just put state name in the search box and it will pop up. You may even find other BYCERS living near you.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Cristi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. It seems that you have been planning thoroughly, which is great. We are a friendly bunch here, so please make yourself at home and don't hesitate if you have any questions. The "Coops and Runs" and "Predators and Pests" forum may be helpful at this stage.

    All the best
  4. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Hey Chris! I am so happy you joined our roost at BYC! I would like to welcome you with open arms! Yes this site is very helpful for all chicken related things! Since you are new to chickens I will leave you the link to the most prominent learning area on this site our Learning Center a place with updated articles for old and new chicken raisers! For your raising baby chicks needs follow this link for that forum that has a bunch of threads and it is always available for you to make new ones. I hope you enjoy BYC and make sure to post pictures of your flock and give us updates on how you are doing here I hope you and your new chicks do great and enjoy the Summer!
    Justin [​IMG]

  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! We have a wonderful database of coop and run pages, designs etc here to give you some more ideas:

    Good luck with the new venture and please keep us posted!
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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