New to backyard chickens - in PA!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 3cornishhens, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. 3cornishhens

    3cornishhens New Egg

    Oct 2, 2012
    North East PA
    My Coop
    Hi! I've been lurking for a while, and figured I should join since I have some specific questions about keeping cornish cross hens as pets.
    My blog introduction to the girls:
    Now.. I know, truly I know, what they were meant for and what the common outcome is for cornish crosses not slaughtered sometime in the first few months of their life.
    These girls though fell off a truck and ended up at a humane society. Therefore, when I adopted them, I agreed to not consume. I do eat chicken, but just not these chickens.

    Right now we're just learning about them, how to best keep them, how to keep them healthy, and how to do right by them for however long we have them.

    Since I only have three - and I live where temps can get right at or slighly below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, right now our focus is making sure we keep them happy and warm through the winter... which according to this upcoming weekend's temps is closer than we thought!

    Other than the "keeping them warm" thing, we're also focused on keeping them healthy. We're looking at them as you would someone morbidly obese - what can we do to reverse the damage already done? So we let them run through our yard during the day (free range) and they eat a ton of greens and grasses. They get fresh produce daily, live mealworms daily, and I'm feeding them Layena plus omega 3. I sprinkle food grade DE once a week in the run and they get apple cider vinegar in their water 3 times a week.
    So far, so good. We've had them a month now! They're growing steadily but not too fast and they all seem to have decent mobility so far. They are smart, and they are starting to warm up to us (well, 2 of the 3).


    I know we have so much more to learn, and I'm excited to now officially be a part of Backyard Chickens!
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, 3cornishhens, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here. I think it's admirable that you are striving to allow your three rescued CornishX hens to have a different fate than what usually befalls them. I have actually read a post on BYC not long ago about a person who didn't want to process his CornishX but wasn't satisfied with their typical "wait beside the feeder mentality." He put them on something of a fitness regiment and they actually came around and became healthier and happier birds!! I wish a similar result for your CornishX. Best of luck to you and enjoy BYC!!!
  4. KYTinpusher

    KYTinpusher Master Enabler

    Sep 3, 2011
    Northern KY
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  5. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Hello & Greetings from Kentucky. KYTinpusher has provided you with an excellent informative link. Best of luck to you and your girls.

  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    [​IMG]Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan - sounds like what you are doing now is what they need.
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  8. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
  9. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2012
    Welcome to BYC
  10. Chicky Dee

    Chicky Dee Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2012

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