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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dramamama, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. dramamama

    dramamama New Egg

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    Hi all,

    I'm a backyard chicken owner from Maine who found her way here googling questions about my chickens. It seems like this is the place to be for all of my chicken needs.

    We currently have 5 girls in our mini flock. My younger daughter started with Elsa (Plymouth) and Anna (Black sex link) in a small coop she got for Christmas. We had those two girls for 2 years and decided to get a bigger coop and add in some new girls.

    My younger son wanted 2 chickens of his own, in addition to 2 new ones for DD2. We ended up with Rapunzel, Ariel, Chewbacca (ISA Browns) and Darth Maul (Buff Orpington). We kept them in quarantine so as not to make our older girls sick.

    Unfortunately, shortly after the babies arrived, Elsa died suddenly. We are thinking possibly a heart attack because we could find no other cause. She was an odd girl from the beginning and had never laid an egg even though she was almost 3 years old. We confirmed this after her death because we only ever got one egg per day and we are still getting one a day from Anna. The babies won't lay for another month or two.

    All 5 girls have been introduced and have finally started getting along. Anna was devastated and confused right after her sister died and at least now she's at least distracted by showing the babies who's in charge.

    I'm excited to continue learning and be part of this chicken community!!
     
  2. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Hey there @dramamama and [​IMG]!
    That is very said about Elsa and I am sorry to hear about it. I am happy Anna is less devastated by the death and it was a good time to introduce them. OMG you may be one my favorite people on this forun... I CANT BELIEVE YOU HAVE A WHOLE FLOCK OF STAR WARS CHICKEN!!! That is the best idea ever. I know you only have two, but it is so awesome. If you ever get some more I would love to hear what you name them. Ok so I will leave you some links that you should check out. I will explain the first one it is our Learning Center and if you only check out one this one is the one to check out.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    These are also some other links that should help you and your flock...
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/11/raising-baby-chicks
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/2/managing-your-flock
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/18/chicken-behaviors-and-egglaying

    I hope you and your flock are doing great and if you have any free time male sure you post pics of your flock here and how they are doing https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/40/family-life-stories-pictures-updates
    I hope you are doing great and that you enjoy the Summer!

    Justin [​IMG]
     
  3. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey, Welcome to back yard chickens! I'm sorry about Elsa :( Hopefully the rest of your flock is doing well. I see Justin has already provided you will links to the appropriate threads. Hope to see you around :D
     
  4. dramamama

    dramamama New Egg

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    Thanks for the welcomes and the links! I will check them out this afternoon.

    I wanted to name the babies after the 4 raptors in Jurassic World: Blue, Charlie, Echo, and Delta. They move like little raptors and the names would have fit them, but DS2 had his heart set on Chewbacca chicken and Darth Maul chicken, and DD2 stuck with the Disney princess names. Darth Maul needs some guidance about being a true Sith Lord. She thinks she's a puppy and loves to be cuddled. Hehe!
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock. Disney princesses have won out often as chicken names, sometimes even for roosters.
     

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