New Member - Lori in Southern Idaho (Magic Valley) - First time chicken momma

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LoriC, May 27, 2012.

  1. LoriC

    LoriC In the Brooder

    May 27, 2012
    Twin Falls, Idaho
    Hi everyone. My name is Lori, and I've just joined the forum. I'm (hopefully) a soon-to-be chicken momma. My husband and I recently moved to a 1.75 acre property. The neighbors have free range chickens that they acquired when the other neighbor moved and didn't take the chickens. I discovered that one of their hens had hatched a clutch of chicks in my lean to. I went over to let them know, and they told me that I could keep them if I wanted to. Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared (no coop, no run) to keep them, and momma hen disappeared with the chicks the next day. I don't think they survived, as I see the chickens out and about, but no chicks.

    I set up some "chicken lures" in my lean to - old kitchen drawers, lined with dry weeds and grass, and a golf ball for inspiration. The hen came back, and now I have six (possibly seven - she was back in there today) eggs in one of the nesting boxes, and another egg appeared in the other nesting box yesterday (the whole flock, including the rooster, were in there poking around, so apparently she brought her friends over!)

    My hope is that I can move her and the nesting box into a coop that I will be building over the next couple of weeks (my understanding is that the eggs will hatch right around 21 days after she starts sitting). I was hoping to get it built this weekend, but the weather is not cooperating.

    I want to thank everyone in advance for all the information you have made available on this site. It's already helped me to answer several questions I have.

    If there are any other members in my area, I'd love to have a mentor so I can do this right!

    Thanks again!

  2. Welcome! We are so glad you joined![​IMG]
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC! Hope your (neighbour's) hen obliges and gives you some fluffy butts soon.
  4. folgerrd

    folgerrd Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Are you planning on incubating and brooding or letting nature take it's course? What about feed, home-made or store bought? It's a big leap to raising chickens, but so worth it. [​IMG]
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  6. Hangtown Farms

    Hangtown Farms Crowing

    May 19, 2012
    hi there
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
  9. LoriC

    LoriC In the Brooder

    May 27, 2012
    Twin Falls, Idaho
    @folgerrd - I'm planning on letting the hen hatch the eggs. I'm hoping I can move her into the coop before or as soon as that happens, as I want the chicks to consider the coop home. I have a feeling momma hen will run back to her own flock as soon as she is given the opportunity. So I'll keep her around for a while until I know the chicks are good to go. Who knows, maybe she will decided to stick around as well.

    At this point I'm planning on purchasing feed. But I really haven't looked into the option of mixing up my own yet, so that might change.

    I'm up to 9 eggs in one nest box, and apparently one of the other hens decided to start laying, as I've got another 3 eggs in a second next box. I'm going to be up to my ears in chickens!
  10. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

    May 1, 2011
    Olathe, Kansas
    [​IMG] From Kansas! [​IMG]

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