New from MA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Louise821, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. Louise821

    Louise821 Chirping

    Jan 8, 2012
    Hi! I’m new to chickens and wanted to introduce myself. I have 12 chickens born in mid April.
    Three Easter Eggers, one Ameracauna, one Black Astralorp, and 7 Golden Comets.

    It’s possible that one of my comets is a rooster.

    They are split between 2 kiddie pools and “ gated in” on our breezeway. My coop won’t arrive until the week after July 4th. Poor planning g on my part but I really wanted the coop I ordered. It’s sized for 14 chickens and I have 12. Not planning to free range in the beginning. Too afraid of predators.

    Any advice for when I transition them to the new coop?
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hi Louise, it's very nice to meet you. Welcome to Backyard Chickens. Please post your photos at "what breed or gender is this," and they will do their best to sort them out for you.
  3. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello, Louise, and welcome to active posting on BYC! :frow Nice to meet you.
    Did you order a pre-fab coop that stated it would house 14 chickens? If you did, you are in some trouble as those coops generally hold about 1/4 of the stated number of chickens.
    You need a minimum of 3 sq ft per bird, 4 is better unless you have a very large run that is as secure as the coop so the door can be left open all the time.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2019
  4. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy Louise :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Delighted :ya to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC!

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
  5. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    My Coop
    Welcome :welcome Nice to have you here!
  6. Leahs Coop

    Leahs Coop Free Ranging

    Nov 5, 2018
    Hello Louise,:frow and a warm welcome to Backyard Chickens! It's great to have you here with us!
  7. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi Louise and welcome to BYC. Since you do not intend to let your birds free range, there’s no real “transition” - more of a shove them in and leave them to it. Be cautious about space issues - Space requirements
  8. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

    Aug 17, 2016
    Salt Lake City, UT
    My Coop
    Welcome! :frow
  9. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    Welcome to our FUN-omenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of FUN! :wee
  10. Wee Farmer Sarah

    Wee Farmer Sarah Free Ranging

    Hi Louise and welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our happy flock. What part of Massachusetts are you in? As @DobieLover said, if you purchased a prefab coop online they can accommodate your wee chicks while you build a bigger coop. I bought one that could hold 4 chickens and had to make it bigger just to stuff my rooster in it. This is a great place to learn and share. Best of luck with your wee ones. :jumpy:jumpy:jumpy

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