New Member and new to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BantamBonzo, May 14, 2016.

  1. BantamBonzo

    BantamBonzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just recently started on the chicken hobby and treated myself to 6 bantam silkies. My dogs just think they are babies and are either protecting them or hiding from them lol They are about ready to move into the coop we are building and I could use all the advice we could get lol
     
  2. lcertuche

    lcertuche Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, I'm new too. I just put my chicks outside in the coop. I am really stressed over it but they are all feather out and love to run around scratching and even trying to roost. I am still being cautious about my dog though. She is a lab/border collie mix breed. She is really smart so maybe I can teach her not to bite/eat them. I am hoping to let them free-range in another month. I use to raise chickens before but mama hen took care of the chicks but now its up to me, much harder.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and [​IMG] - great to have you join us.

    The Coops section and the "Coops and Runs" forum are good places to start with. If theres one bit of advice it would be to build a bigger coop than you originally plan cos chicken maths will catch up with you sooner or later.

    All the best

    CT
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us over here! If your chicks are fully feathered (around 6 weeks of age) and the weather is mild they should be fine outside. Take them out for day-trips a few days before leaving them out overnight though, so they can get used to being in the great outdoors and the fluctuating temperatures first. That would make the final move much easier for them.

    On a side note, if you're interested in showing off that coop build, we are running a coop page contest at the moment. More info on that here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-and-run-page-contest-winter-spring-2016/0_30

    Enjoy the site!
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. You may want to check out the "Silkie thread." - a great place for any silkie questions you may have.
     
  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. BantamBonzo

    BantamBonzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all! My babies just started laying during hurricane mathew so not knowing how old the eggs were I was trying to let them hatch them. The girls aren't broody yet so we rigged up a temp incubator until the one we ordered gets here around the 29th. Am thinking I may waot until the eggs start chirrping and put them back in the nesting box and hope it all goes well. Yeah we are already looking at adding on to the coop lol
     
  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello, and welcome to Backyard chickens! So glad you joined us, and I hope you make yourself at home here!
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hell from Kansas and :welcome! Pleased to have you in our community! :)
     
  10. katiemoore

    katiemoore New Egg

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    Thnk you I'm new to raising chickens
     

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