New to BYC...and Chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ColoradoSLV, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. ColoradoSLV

    ColoradoSLV Chirping

    Jul 1, 2016
    Good morning from Colorado!

    Since March 25 I've wound up with a dozen chickens - one Sussex hen, one Silver Wyandotte, a Barnevelder hen, and nine Rhode Island Reds. They were all supposed to be hens, but it looks like the Wyandotte and two RIRs are roosters.

    The birds have not had any shots (got 'em at Tractor Supply when I worked there), and the Sussex seemed to have a 'wry neck', but she, the Barnevelder, and most of the RI birds are about as sweet as they come!

    I did find the 'My Pet Chicken' website first, but signed up here as well.

    Starting tomorrow morning I'll be taking care of a friend's 100+ chickens, duck, dogs, cats, and a horse for the 4th of July weekend. Some of his chickens have the 'vent gleet', so with the BYC printout of curing the gleet and with his permission, I'll bring some Epsom salts, oyster shell, and layer pellets to his farm.

    Whatever I've gotten myself into, I sure am having a good time!

    Thanks for reading!

  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Sounds like you got your work cut out for you this weekend! Good luck, and if you ever have any questions, always feel free to ask! [​IMG]
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    [​IMG] I got my chickens on March 25 too. Six years ago.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community!

    Wry neck is caused by a vitamin deficiency and the bird will need to have extra Vitamins B1, E and Selenium added to it's diet to over come the effects of weakness. There are lots of threads here on BYC on Wry Neck and you can also post in our emergency section for help as well.

    Good luck with your flock and welcome to ours! :)
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  6. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Songster

    Dec 11, 2015
    McVeytown PA
    Hi and welcome to BYC.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Be sure to clean and disinfect well before coming home to your flock. Also don't wear same shoes, clothes etc. to attend to your own birds. You don't want to bring a truck load of illness to your flock. Sounds like a lot of extra work for you. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  8. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Reading. Must read more. Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Welcome and good luck!
  9. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

    Mar 1, 2015
    :frow Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

    Wow sounds like you've got a lot on your hands! Good luck.
  10. ColoradoSLV

    ColoradoSLV Chirping

    Jul 1, 2016
    Thanks for all the welcomes! :)

    Good point about changing clothes and not tracking from one flock to the other. Mine have been (mostly) indoor chickens and the others are outdoors during the daytime. 'Quarantine, quarantine, quarantine' keeps echoing in my mind!

    The 'wry neck' on the Sussex (Sussux? - sp?) seems to have gone away, although her comb does seem pale. She's picked on a bit by the Wyandotte, but in spite of that, she always hangs with the rooster.

    Time to do chicken stuff before doing some steam train stuff!

    Thanks for reading!


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