New Member and new to raising chickens in Alabama.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dcphotos, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. dcphotos

    dcphotos In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2009
    Hi all. I live in Alabama and just setup a spot for chickens in my barn. I cleaned out a horse stall and bolted a dog pen on the front of it. Looked like this at first but it's sealed off on top now with chicken wire:

    I built a nest box for the inside, so far they don't seem too interested in it but one of the Reds hangs out in there sometimes. I put up a board for a roost also, no interest in that.

    We bought the chicks at a flea market and 3 are Rhode Island Reds and 3 are Dominiques. The guy selling them said we should have one rooster and 4 hens but he wasn't sure. I got some cracked feed and a feeder and water and grit, they seem to spend most of their time eating so far.
    More photos:
    Upon arrival:
    One of the little ones:

    I'll post more when I can. Any advice on chicken raising would be appreciated.
  2. newnanchic

    newnanchic Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    Welcome from Ga !!!
  3. dcphotos

    dcphotos In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2009
    Thanks. Just saw the question template.

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

    Yes. Got them Saturday.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?


    (3) What breeds do you have?

    2 Dominiques and 3 Rhode Island Reds.

    (4) How did you find out about


    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    Skateboarding, photography, gardening, woodworking, a lot more.

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.

    I'm a photographer, have a wife who is a small-animal vet(no livestock experiance), a big dog, 6 cats, 2 fish tanks and 2 rabbits. We live out in the country in Macon County Alabama.
  4. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

    Mar 5, 2007
    [​IMG] from Utah
  5. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

  6. tnlorprazer

    tnlorprazer Songster

    Jun 20, 2009
    SouthWest TN
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from SW Tenn...

    Congrats on your first chicks. My only advice is be careful they are addicting [​IMG]
  7. SED

    SED Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    North West Alabama
    Weclome from Walker County Alabama!
  8. Hen_House_Rocks!

    Hen_House_Rocks! Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Welcome! From Missouri
  9. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida. Glad you joined us! Looks great! Your girls will get used to it, not to worry. Enjoy!
  10. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    Welcome DC!! Here in Alabama with you!

    I noticed a few things that I would suggest....

    Cracked corn is great for a treat, but your pullets are young...they need to be on a starter/grower. It has higher protein and added vitamins that they need.

    You mentioned the layer box and their lack of interest. That is because they look to be very young, I would guess 12 - 14 weeks. Their little combs are still very light pink and will turn a true red as they near their time to lay.

    Excellent set up. Now that you've sealed it up you are set to go!! Enjoy your newfound hobby! The little boogers, they are so addictive.



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