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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by rascalman, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. rascalman

    rascalman Hatching

    Mar 23, 2013
    Live in Tallahassee, Florida on 7 acres. I have never had chickens, but have always wanted to. We built our coop and got six Rhode Island Reds from our local Tractor Supply. The store required a minimum purchase of six, that's what we bought.
    My daughter told me about this site. She has six chickens also and is learning along with us.

    We are also experimenting with hydroponics and aquaponics. Our garden is on a small scale this year, but we plan to expand as we learn. We have enjoyed the experience and being able to eat food we have grown.

    We have two dogs - Papillions. They don't disturb the chickens at all when they are out of the coop. We were relieved at that as our daughter has a schnauzer that chases her chickens and has to be put up when she has the chickens out.

    We get five eggs per day. One of our chickens is a buff color - the rest are red. It is very obvious that the buff is at the bottom of the pecking order. I understand that it is natural for chickens to have a pecking order, but they are torturing this poor buff. She runs to a corner of the pen and buries her face to get them to stop pecking at her. I felt sorry for her so I put her is a separate area, using a dog crate. She seems to enjoy that, but I don't want this to be a permanent solution. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm open!

    I look forward to visiting the site and contributing when I can.
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG]
  3. rascalman

    rascalman Hatching

    Mar 23, 2013
    BantamFan4Life - Thank you!
  4. glendaschicks

    glendaschicks Chirping

    Jul 26, 2013
    Welcome! This site is so helpful, you should be able to find the answer to most any question/concern that you have. I usually search the archives, so I don't have to post many questions. I'm too new myself to help you with the pecking order problem. Good luck, and congrats on the eggs. Our girls aren't laying yet, but I hope it will be soon.
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Boy being a chicken is like being in high school and ostracized for wearing uncool clothes.
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