New member finally getting chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by rhondapiper, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. rhondapiper

    rhondapiper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi all!

    I've wanted chickens for what seems like forever, and after moving to a couple acres in a rural area this year, I can finally have them.

    We bought our coop materials this weekend and with some online plans and a lot of referencing these forums, we'll have the little coop all set by the end of the month.

    I don't want a ton of chicks, so I ordered eight from MyPetChicken- 2 black australorps, 2 buff orpingtons, 2 gold laced wyandottes, and 2 silver laced wyandottes. They should arrive sometime in May.

    I live in northern Maryland, in farm and chicken-friendly country, so I am lucky to have at least 5 feed stores reasonably close by. I've already bought a lot of supplies for the brooder, now I'm just anxiously awaiting the chicks arrival. I could have gotten chicks at the feed stores, but they were all doing RIRs and Barred Rocks and while I like those, I've had my heart set on the breeds I chose for a long time and just couldn't change my mind. Hopefully they'll arrive safe and sound.

    My only real concern is that I live in the woods and there are a LOT of predators. But my neighbors kept chickens successfully, so I'll just have to be very careful about building a sturdy coop and run. I'm pretty sappy about animals so I don't want to lose any.

    I look forward to sharing pics and getting chicken obsessed!
  2. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2008
    Welcome! My only advice to you is to double the size of any coop you plan to build. Prepare for the addiction.


    I am adding on to my 12 x 12 coop for MORE chickens this year.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Hello, and [​IMG] from South Carolina!

    Sounds like you have a good plan, now, just think like a fox, weasel, etc., and block those holes!

    Looking forward to progress reports,

  5. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  7. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC!, You will love it here!

    [​IMG] - Austin from SC
  8. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
    From Old Town, Maine
  9. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hello & [​IMG] from NC [​IMG]
  10. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]

    We'll help you with the obsession... [​IMG] Bwa ha ha ha!

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