New in Tennessee

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by PJK63, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. PJK63

    PJK63 In the Brooder

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    Hello all! We are new chicken owners! We got our chicks a couple of months ago and they are now about 12 weeks old now. We ordered the chicks from McMurray with a friend's help! We have 2 Americanas, 1 buttercup, 1 barred rock, 1 blue Andalusian, 1 buff orpington, 1 white wyandotte (it was supposed to be a white orp), 1 golden Polish and 1 black Australorp roo. I have had so much fun with my "girls!" I never knew how entertaining chickens could be, or how attached I could get to a bunch of silly birds! The only thing I worry about, besides predators and the neighbors dog, is I think our buff orpington might be a roo rather than a pullet. Not sure what we'll do with 2 roosters if this is the case! We've only heard one of them crowing, but not positive that it's the black Australorp.

    Pam :eek:)
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Congrats on your chicks! They sure grow fast don't they?! And yes, their little personalities are priceless!

    Please feel free to post pics of your buff orp here https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this
    Also feel free to PM me. I've raised buff orps for years and have come to know what they look like at different points in their life.

    Best of luck to you and welcome to our flock!
     
  3. jlynnp

    jlynnp Chirping

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    Welcome to Tenn, we have lived in Sparta, TN for a year and a half and love it here. Enjoy your chickens - they sure are fun.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  5. CarnyCat

    CarnyCat Chirping

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    Hello and welcome, my roos get along . They grew up together, have enough room and seem to have developed their own pecking order.Lots of luck to ya'll.[​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens glad you joined the flock
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Definitely post in the What Breed or Gender section. We'll be happy to confirm whether you have any unknown roosters!
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    If you post some photos of your birds, we'll be able to help you tell their genders.
     
  9. PJK63

    PJK63 In the Brooder

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    Thanks! Actually, I'm just new to chickens! I've lived in Tennessee for almost 51 years, since I was born! :eek:)
    Pam :eek:)
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC, Pam. Glad you decided to join our flock. You have a nice mixed flock. Black Australorps are my favorite standard breed; extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of ours), and excellent layers of large, brown eggs. Just in case you are not aware of the difference, your Ameraucanas from Murray McMurray are actually Easter Eggers and not true Ameraucanas which are rare, relatively expensive, and lay only blue eggs. The only major hatchery that sells true Ameraucanas is Meyer Hatchery, which sells Blue Ameraucanas (they sell Easter Eggers as well). Easter Eggers are produced by crossing true Ameraucanas with other breeds to produce offspring that lay eggs in colors other than just blue. Hatcheries often market these Easter Eggers under the labels Araucana or Ameraucana (often misspelled as Americana or Americauna). There is a good article at http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/ameraucana-easter-egger-or-araucana.html explaining the difference between Ameraucanas, Aracaunas, and Easter Eggers. There's certainly nothing wrong with Easter Eggers. They typically outlay their true Ameraucana parents and they are my granddaughter's (pictured in my avatar) favorite chickens. She loves the different colored eggs that they lay. 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.
     

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