New to BYC with first flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DeniceP, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. DeniceP

    DeniceP In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2015
    I got my first chicks in October. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be! I don't know if I'd do it again, even though I've gotten so attached to my chickens. Two of the four turned out to be roosters and a I had a very bad experience trying to introduce a new hen. Whew! The last two weeks have been stressful.:(
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2015
  2. FoxHead

    FoxHead In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2015
    Greenville, MI
    I live in Michigan and when it is really cold, I have my new chicks in the guest bathroom. The noise and clean up is easy to handle at such a young age, and what's really easy is... bonding with cute little chicks that "need" you to check on them every hour!
    I totally know better, and of course I'm now conflicted. Right now I have 3 that are days old. Number one, sweet little chick. Number two, tough break out of the shell so it got extra attention. Then two days later, number three. I put cute little number three in with the others, and number two went ballistic. It's making life hell for the others. It pecks at eyes, grabs toes and shakes them (including it's own) The darn thing never sleeps. It's such a bully and I don't like it. I try, but then it does something mean. So...I feel your pain. Hang in there.
    It's not easy singling out a "bad" bird(s), but think of how much more enjoyable a docile flock would be. The birds can't change the dynamics for themselves, they count on you for it.

    What else is making things so hard? Maybe I can help...
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  4. DeniceP

    DeniceP In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2015
    Thanks. I'm a worrier, so it makes things harder. I worried about them being cold when I put them outside, I worried about the dog scaring them, I worried about the roosters and now I'm worried about the poor little hen that got taken away from her flock to get beaten up and sit in a cage by herself. I hope things go okay for her. I'm not worried about the rooster anymore though, since I saw them being so mean.
  5. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I'm sorry about all the stressful times![​IMG]
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    Good luck with your birds! It can certainly be very stressful at first. Hopefully, you'll be able to settle down and enjoy them soon![​IMG]
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about the problems you've been having. [​IMG] Good luck with your birds!

    If you have any questions, please ask! We'll be happy to help as much as we can.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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

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