New to BYC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AngryBabs, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. AngryBabs

    AngryBabs New Egg

    Oct 3, 2016
    Hazel Park, Michigan
    Hi all - I'm new to BYC and wanted to say hello. My story into urban chicken raising started in March of this year (2016). Arriving home one afternoon, I heard what was an unmistakable sound... the sound of a chicken clucking at me from behind. Now, I must point out that I live in Metro Detroit. The sounds of chickens aren't really something we are used to.

    Turning around, I saw, in all it's glory - a large white chicken sitting on my chain link fence. We looked at each other, and as I moved around the fence, I talked to it. It jumped down from the fence, into the neighbors yard and walked toward the other side of their property. As I approached, this pretty little bird walked a little, turned, and clearly waited for me to pick it up. This was someone's pet.

    So, I picked it up and started to pet it. It loved interaction, but being a chicken I wasn't about to wear a new color on my clothes. My wife and I setup a dog crate for it, and gave it a little spot to nest with some straw. Not knowing what to feed this chicken, we gave it some kale and did a little reading. Where did I end up? Here.

    After some reading I decided this was a leghorn and given I am in the city, I figured this had to be a hen (this was an un-educated best guess). We bought it some feed (at a not-so-nearby story.) When we came back, we had an egg. A very large, white egg.

    We fed her and let her range in the bottomless cage around the yard. We posted on some lost pet facebook pages to find her owner. Another day goes by, and out came another planetoid sized white egg. Later that day, we got a phone call - it was her owner. Her name was Luna, and they lived one street behind us. She checked out how well we took care of this little lady, and she asked us if we have ever thought of raising chickens. I didn't realize we could even have chickens where I live.

    Long story short, a week later I had a brood box built and she bought three Isa Browns for us from a small scale breeder she knows. Over the following weeks I built a coop in the garage, attached to an external run outside which can be opened into our greenhouse. I have spent the last 6 months reading everything I could on this site, and our girls are loving life. They are healthy, and are producing.

    I just want to say this site has been a wealth of info - and up until today I have never made an account. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone.
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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you. What a cute introduction to chickens, I'm glad you were able to get her back to her owner! A tame Leghorn is a rarity, she must have given that bird a lot of attention.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    What a great story- one good turn, deserved another. Would love to see photos of your set up and birds. Glad you joined us at Backyard chickens [​IMG]
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us and what a great story! It seems you were destined to be a chicken keeper and you are certainly in the right place! It's good to know that BYC has been helpful to you and I hope that you enjoy being a member.

    Best wishes
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! What a wonderful introduction, I've really enjoyed reading your first post. Wishing you the very best of luck for the future. Enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, AngryBabs, and :welcome. Great to have you aboard! That's a truly great story of how you got into chickens! And you sound like a very caring and responsible owner! Enjoy your new flock and thanks for joining BYC!
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there and welcome to Backyard chickens! I just loved your introduction, how sweet of you and of her to set you up with more! And yes, a tame Leghorn is quite rare, I have one Leghorn, and she is the flightiest, jumpy chicken you ever did see. I hope you enjoy BYC as much as I have.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. AngryBabs

    AngryBabs New Egg

    Oct 3, 2016
    Hazel Park, Michigan
    Well, here is a little pictorial of what I am working on...

    This is Luna 10 minutes after I picked her up. I put here in this box because it was handy, until I could figure out what the heck I just found... It was a few hours later we set her up in the dog crate. She laid the largest eggs I've ever seen. We took a pic of them against store bought grade A large eggs and it dwarfed them.

    This is an early pic of our setup. I let them into the run for just a short time at first to train them what the coop was all about, but in the end it took a few evenings of putting them onto the ladder before they figured out how it worked.

    This is an early look at the coop, I since added a PVC poultry nipple watering setup on the left, and did away with the hanging waterer. Nesting boxes are on the right out of view. At this point they were closed off, and opened them about 18 weeks.

    This was after I finished the greenhouse, and we let the girls troll around and take care of business.

    This is a panorama of the entire setup. We put the run door leading into the greenhouse. During the winter when it is sealed up, we plan to let them range in there. They love to eat our cabbage so they don't have access all the time.

    These are the girls a few weeks ago.

    We have had egg from two starting at 18 weeks, and the other at 22. The lighter colored one started at 22 weeks(we call her "Red" after Kate Mulgrews character in "Orange is the New Black" which is funny because she is CLEARLY the leader) lays large, very very light brown eggs, almost white. The other two lay medium-large brown eggs (The smaller one lays the smaller egg I assume?) They love my wife, she talks to them and they just go nuts and what attention from her.

    Thanks for the warm welcome - I DO have some questions, which I will throw out there in the next few days. I just wanted to share what I am up to. I welcome any constructive criticism based on my limited photorama.
  10. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    I honestly can't think of anything to suggest. That's a gorgeous set up and you clearly have some very happy, healthy birds. Egg size doesn't necessarily always relate to the size of the bird, Leghorns for example are on the small side yet lay some of the largest eggs around!

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