New member, new backyarder as well

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by rajanomm, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. rajanomm

    rajanomm Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2015
    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

    Yep. My mother raised chickens when I was a child, but didn'treally haveme participate. Hoping to get my new birds in the next couple of months.

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

    None, but I'm pouring through advertisements now.

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    I've done a bit of reading, and I've got a plan. I'm wanting guineas for tick control and watch dogs. I have always liked guineas when I've seen them. Because I have read that guineas aren't the best brooders, I've decided to also get a couple of silkie chicks to raise with my guineas. I want to free range my guineas and I would like them to be a bit less guinea like (lol, i know), so I am looking at barred rock hens (2) to raise my keets. I can get my eggs and not worry the guineas will bully them too much.

    If it looks like my plan is a bit half baked, any suggestions are welcome.

    (4) How did you find out about

    I found this wonderful site while learning what I can before purchasing my birds.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    I love reading.

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

    I have 2 boys and 1 baby girl. We just moved in with my father due to his health. Now that we live in the country, I want to take advantage of it. The boys are excited about getting some farm animals, and they can't wait to help. Our chihuahuas will probably not be too happy at first when we finally get our birds, but I'm sure they will learn to get along.
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  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    Greetings! Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] We're glad you decided to join. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. [​IMG]
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I love reading too!

    Very nice to meet you!
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
  6. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome , you have some good idea re: hatching and raising guineas - but, you'll have to actually try them out to see if they work. I hope you will let us know if it does work out.
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join our flock. Be careful of your chihuahuas around your chickens as dogs and chickens typically do not mix well. We get lots of letters from new members who are horrified because their seemingly benign dog (even small breeds like chihuahuas) suddenly and unexpectedly started chasing and killing their chickens. And once a dog has killed a chicken, it's next to impossible to break them from doing it again. Unfortunately, dogs usually seem to view chickens as either prey or else chew toys. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock and your dogs.
  10. rajanomm

    rajanomm Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2015
    Thank you to everyone for the welcome. I am excited to report after a good phone call tonight, I will be picking up 2 barred rock hens next week. Hopefully we can get the coop and pen finished by then. If not, we will have to kennel them at night and set up a makeshift pen for the day. No turning back now.

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