New member saying hello!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Boxersandchicke, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. Boxersandchicke

    Boxersandchicke Hatching

    Aug 21, 2016
    Middletown Ct. USA
    Hello all! Ryan D here I'm a chicken newbie. I'm a 47 y/o veteran of the Marines and Air Force reserves. Avid guitar player gardener and mtb biker. Also have a Boxer obsession. I have 4 dogs.
    I can be viewed on Instagram by searching marinetoflyboyboxers

    I've been wanting backyard flock for a few years now. And I've used this site heavily in my preparations and research. I've picked up a wealth of knowledge and am very grateful for all who share experience with the masses. My coop search lead me down many bumpy roads. I was considering building my own but after a 2 year search I finally found one that fit ALL my requirements. Wanted it structurally sound secure and aesthetically pleasing. I don't live in the woods & I fact I'm on a corner lot in the suburbs. So it would get a lot of views from everyone.

    I thought I couldn't afford the ones I wanted but came across a 1 year old Amish 6x10 Quaker combo with full secure attached run with all the bells & whistles & power on CL for $800. This thing cost the seller about $3500 with all the accessories and delivery. The woman said her husband had passed away and was the (flock caretaker) she gave away the birds she had and I got lucky. It matched my Klotter Farms shed perfectly. Even the keys to the coop lock my shed. It was destined to be.

    So it was not easy to find help getting it from her yard to mine & companies that specialized it shed moving wanted a fortune to move it. Found a guy online who tows cars locally cheap and I figured with his flatbed and winch we could get it done. Success for $200

    I prepped the site with patio blocks I got free and made sure it was nice and level
    As the last I got it from had it sitting in the dirt. I wasn't about to have the coop rot in a few years.

    The Birds. So the woman sold me on and said she had a very positive experience with them. So I ordered (10) day olds. 1 of each I figured would be lovely friendly and good in my climate. RIR, Buckeye, Buff Orp, Plymouth BR, Austrolorp, SL Wyandotte, GL Wyandotte, Buff Brahma, EE & a Welsumer. Unfortunately the Welsumer didn't make it and died in transit. But a lady I became friends with a mile up the road who has over 60 birds and shows some, gave me 2 babies that hatched out the day I got mine delivered. They are Speckled Susssex (a breed I wanted) THEY BETTER NOT BE ROO's or I'll send them back to her LOL

    Brooded them for 1st week in a Rubbermaid tote in my 1st floor bathroom in the tub with heat lamp. After a week I put them out in the coop with lamp and have weened them off the lamp at 2 weeks as its been a hot August in New England. They are thriving and enjoying being chickens in the run as I couldn't imagine leaving them in a small brooder for 6-8 weeks. Now they are able to fly run play and forage in the safe confines of the run. Totally acclimated to loud noises like cars my dogs and people coming by. I spend several hours a day in a folding chair in the run with them. The Buff Orp is my lap chicken. I will do sand in the run and shavings in the house. As of now they are free to eat the grass bugs and what ever they can find. I'm still having to put them to bed the last 3 evenings (the hard way) but hoping they catch on soon.

    I'm so looking forward to learning and sharing on this site. Thanks for reading my long winded intro and see you all on here!


  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Ryan and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. It seems like you have a good set up and have been looking after your new flock very well - I'm sure they will thrive.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Very nice to meet you Ryan. I really enjoyed your intro. Thank you sincerely for your time in service.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Ryan, and [​IMG]! You gave us a great intro - fun to read. I hope you enjoy your flock and your time on BYC! Best wishes!
  5. Hello from South Dakota and Welcome to the backyard chickens flock! [​IMG][​IMG] Thank you very much for your service, it is greatly appreciated. [​IMG]

  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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