New to BYC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Baddogron, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Baddogron

    Baddogron In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2017
    Central Florida
    Hi Chicken Lovers,

    Fairly new to raising chickens myself. About 35 yrs ago, we had a bunch of chickens that my daughter was in charge of while I took care of the horses, etc. So, I don't remember much about them.
    Fast forward to today!
    Purchased some pullets at Tractor Supply, here in Florida 3 weeks ago. Immediately began building a coop/run. Not finished yet. Maybe in a few more days. These girls are growing fast. So need to stay on track and get-er-dun!
    I started reading about raising these little critters and never realized how many varieties are out there. Like Silkies look amazing.
    Kind of sorry I didn't take a little more time to decide what to get. Or build the coop first.
    A neighbor offered to give me a few chicks about the same age to add to mine. One black and one brown. No idea what kind they are other than color. But unsure if I can put them together without issues.
    Any advice would be helpful.
    This is probably the wrong area to ask any questions, but this is my first post to introduce myself.

  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Songster

    Feb 15, 2017
    Three weeks old it will be okay to put them together.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greeting from Kansas, Baddogron, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! Questions like yours are fine for you initial BYC post!
    The Learning Center and it's many articles will be a great refresher as you re-enter the exciting world of chicken keeping.
    Regarding the chicks your neighbor gave you....some will suggest a quarantine so as not to introduce diseases across flocks. This link talks about that:
    If you go this route and then integrate your flock, here's a great method:

    And you can touch base with fellow Fl poultry keepers in your state thread here:

    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!!
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Baddogron [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  5. Kyanite

    Kyanite Loving Life!

    May 27, 2016
    SE Idaho
    Hello and welcome to BYC! Yes, it's almost mind boggling how many breeds of chickens there are out there. This is how people get wrapped up in chicken math! [​IMG]

  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    When you have birds you cannot identify, you can post photos at "what breed or gender is this?" Usually chicks 6-8 weeks are best. Very young ones don't show gender traits.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    PS if you think silkies look amazing, you should check out the "Showgirls," thread. They are a variety of silkies with a big difference. Some folks think exotic looking.

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