new in MD

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cheerful chick, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. cheerful chick

    cheerful chick New Egg

    Aug 3, 2014
    Hello all! I've been reading BYC for about 3 months now but just decided to go ahead and join! So glad I did! I live in Harford County, MD and when we bought a house in the country, we decided to try to raise chickens. I'm a special education teacher and I have to say that the chickens have been such a wonderful stress relief for me! They can always bring a smile to my face. We only have 3 right now but I can truly see how this is addicting and I will be adding to my flock slowly. We have a Barred Rock, an Ameraucana, and a Jersey Giant. Originally we had a Rhode Island Red before the JG but I learned a hard lesson in free ranging when a fox grabbed her. [​IMG] The JG is the youngest of the 3 and the BR is currently the only one laying eggs but I'm hopeful that the Ameraucana will be next.

    We had our first soft shelled egg yesterday and this is why I'm glad I had been exploring BYC for months now! I didn't freak out at all like I would have if I didn't know that this was possible. Glad to be here!
  2. 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]

    So glad you are enjoying your flock! Many times young layers will lay soft shelled eggs, eggs with no shells and all around funky eggs until they get their egg laying machines in gear.

    Now is the time to get them on layer feed and some oyster shell on the side. Keep the oyster shell near the food and water so they can find it easily. If they require more calcium, they can pick through the shell.

    Keep the treats to a minimum so they are eating plenty of calcium enriched layer feed.

    Enjoy your new flock and welcome to ours!
  3. ronmauldin

    ronmauldin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2014
    Rhode Island
    Welcome from the Ocean State!
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Soft shelled eggs, eggs with no yolk, eggs with no shell, etc are all common in young pullets.

    Be sure to feed them layer feed with either oyster shell or crushed, rinsed eggshells on the side as they need extra calcium to support healthy eggshells and formation.

    Good luck with them and welcome!
  5. Papas Chickens

    Papas Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2014
    Dateland Arizona
    Hi and [​IMG] Glad t ohave you in our flock. [​IMG]
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  8. 20736

    20736 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2012
    Welcome from Southern Maryland.
    Just ask any questions as they arise.
    (RETIRED Special Ed Teacher)
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. 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.
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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