New member Big Chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bigchicken19, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. bigchicken19

    bigchicken19 Just Hatched

    Sep 29, 2016
    I am the new mother of 6 chicks: 4 Buff Orpingtons and 2 Ameraucanas. I've never owned chickens before, but we moved into a house that has a beautifully constructed chicken coop all ready for use. Plus, my email address for over 15 years has been "bigchicken19". So it was time. I have one dog, Sandy (king charles cavalier mix), and one 10 year old daughter, Lily (defiant/angel mix). I thought the experience of tending chickens would be a good mother/daughter adventure.

    Our chicks are one week and 2 weeks old, respectively. The orpingtons have not been sexed (they were only a couple of days old we bought from someone's farm). But the Ameraucanas are definitely hens (or so I was told...they came from a hatchery). They are currently under a heat lamp in my garage and I turn on the fluorescent lights during the day to simulate sunlight. But I'm anxious to take them out in the yard for a field trip. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and learning the next steps in raising my chickens right!

    I'd love to stay "organic", but since I'm pretty sure my chicks did not originate from organic sources, I'd like to keep them as "clean" as possible. I appreciate any input on that topic.

    See you round the coop!
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Susan, and :welcome. Great to have you in our community! Love the defiant/angel mix reference. :lau
    Sounds like you have some nice chickens...those are both friendly breeds. If you're a newbie to the chicken game you might want to read up in the Learning Center here It's chock full of information that will help you raise happy and healthy chicks!
    Then, type 'organic' into the BYC search box, pour yourself a tall drink of something and be prepared to read. :caf
    You'll find tons of old threads on the topic. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!! :)
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Very nice to meet you Susan. I always think it's great when children get involved. So much more to life than cell phones and video games. [​IMG]
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  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Susan

    Glad you could join us here! Please do check out the great links left for you above. Wishing you the very best of luck for the future and be sure to ask any questions, everyone here to help and very friendly.

    Enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
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  6. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2007
    St.Charles, QC
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  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    "Ameraucanas" from hatcheries are really always Easter Eggers. And sexing from hatcheries as about 95% accurate, so they SHOULD be hens... but occasionally a male slips through.

    Buff Orps are good birds... if you're allowed to have roosters and end up getting one you like, you might even consider keeping him. Great rooster breed for beginners.

    Organic feed is great, but moreso, make sure to get quality feed. Even a conventional but very good quality feed would be better than a crappy organic. So make sure you source carefully and find something that's really worth feeding your birds.
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  8. The Duck Ladie

    The Duck Ladie Duck Addict

    Feb 23, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard chickens!!!
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  9. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    :welcome Glad to have you here with us and you have two amazing breeds of chickens!
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  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
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