New "mom" to 4 chicks!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mrsabbott, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. mrsabbott

    mrsabbott Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2012
    I have dreamed of having chickens for years and years but couldn't have them where we lived or, after we finally bought our own home, couldn't talk my husband into them. We had a friend at church that had chickens and we would buy eggs off of him, but he recently moved away so no more of the GOOD eggs! We can't hardly tolerate store bought eggs anymore, so for my birthday my husband agreed to let me have some chickens.

    We live in the suburbs. I checked the local ordinances and "fowl" is okay as long as they aren't a "nuisance". I checked with my next door neighbor to make sure he'd be okay with it and he was very excited! He'd even been thinking of getting chickens and since I was going to get some, he decided to as well! He has 2 "teenage" hens and a little banty hen. Not quite sure what kind they are though.

    Anyhoo, we got a storebought coop because neither my husband or myself are very handy with wood. I am working on securing a fenced off area of my backyard that used to be a garden and that will be the chickens ranging area. Unfortunately, our dog doesn't seem to like birds very much (or perhaps she likes them TOO much!) so I can't let them range the entire backyard. It's a decent size area for my 4 chickens though.

    Mine are chicks that are approximately 4 weeks old. I got them from a local farm.. the lady had a TON of different types of chickens and other birds.

    I have 2 cochins who we *hope* are girls. The largest is grey and she seems to be the "boss". Her name is Rosie. She'll let you pet her but isn't a fan of being held. She also doesn't chirp much. The other is black and her name is Dorothy. She never shuts up. She chirp chirp chirps all the time unless she is sleeping. She's more receptive to being held.

    I also have 2 easter eggers who we also hope are girls. They are nearly identical except one is darker and the other is kind of a diluted color. The dilute one is Lucy and the darker one is Ethel. They love to snuggle and be held. Ethel seems more daring though.. so perhaps I should have named her Lucy instead. :) She's always trying to jump up on top of the waterer and feeders where Lucy seems more calm.

    They are currently living in our garage until they get all their feathers. I can just sit and watch them for hours.. they are so funny! I especially love it when they all pile up together and fall asleep. So sweet!!! :)
  2. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    sitting on the toilet
  3. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Hi and [​IMG] So glad you joined us!!![​IMG]
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Love their names :love Congrats on your chicks and good luck :thumbsup
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
  7. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Greetings from Kentucky! Congratulations on your new chicks. You might want to post some images in a few weeks in the What Breed or Gender is This? section right here at BYC! I'm sure everyone can help you figure out if you have boys or girls! Here's the link for that. Welcome aboard.

  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. Congrats on your new poultry adventure. :thumbsup
  9. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
  10. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
    gosh, i remember when i got my first chickens, about 500 years ago. what great memories :)

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