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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MichaeLynn, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. MichaeLynn

    MichaeLynn Just Hatched

    Sep 13, 2016
    Springfield, Mo
    We are buying a "farmette" of a little over two acres which includes a small barn and 10 2 year old Rhode Island Red hens. We have no experience with chickens (except when I was a child and my grandmas chickens scared me out of their coop! I'm over that and moving forward. We will have lots of questions and are thankful for this great site!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us and congrats in your impromptu chicken ownership!

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=learning+centre and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    All the best
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    I remember having to lock my grandmothers mean ol rooster out of the coop before we collected eggs!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Roosters were really mean in the old days or folks just put up with a lot of nasty behaviors- rather than seek a good one.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Happy you joined our community! I'm sure you won't find chickens as scary this time. Best wishes!
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us. And congrats on getting the farmette and your own flock.

    Chickens will fear you unless the current owners or whoever is tending the flock personally introduces you to them.

    See if you can find out what are there favorite treats and have those with you at the introduction - and bet you'll be surprised at how quickly they bond to you. Feeding from the hand is a special experience and will help them trust you.

    I don't know what actions frightened you - but a flock running up to a child hoping or jumping for treats would be disturbing?

    Also - avoid clothes with buttons, dots, jewelry, flip flops, red nail polish - and never look closely at their faces unless you have glasses on [​IMG]

    Initially try to continue their care and feeding in the way the are used to, make changes you want slowly - they are "chicken" and fear new things.

    Good luck in the new adventure. Feel free to ask questions, we're here to help.
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  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard chickens!! I hope you enjoy it and the camaraderie here and everybody that goes nuts over chickens (me being one of them....) Have fun! And ask questions! Check out our learning center! It has loads of helpful info!
  8. Shamofancier98

    Shamofancier98 New Egg

    Sep 17, 2016
    NW Florida
    Thank you everyone I am new to this site. Not new to raising chickens. But definitely don't know it all. Still a lot to learn.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

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