new to chickens!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lillian5831, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. lillian5831

    lillian5831 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2017
    Chesapeake, Ohio
    We bought 6 female chicks and a prefabbed coop. I have set the coop up and just waiting on our chicks to get big enough. Have been doing a lot of reading on our new members to our family. We have 1 rescued dog. 5 (4 inside) cats, all rescued. Have always wanted chickens for better health. I raise a garden for better food so why not raise my own eggs. We will be working the next week to the coop to make it stronger and keep out the predators that we have in our area. So any advice would most welcomed....we have raccoons, possums, groundhogs, mice and black snakes. Not a fan of snakes but I let him stay around to keep the mice away and other dangerous snakes. So thank you for letting me join your neck of the woods!!!
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, lillian538, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! BYC is a great place to learn the ropes of poultry keeping. Raccoons can be a deadly menace but snakes and opossums won't generally bother adult birds. I would also assume, however, you have coyotes as they seem to be everywhere. And don't forget avian predators as well. Another threat people sometimes forget is stray dogs. They will wipe you out in a hurry. So you are wise to fortify your coop - prefabs normally need it. The Learning Center offers lots of great articles on all things chickens.
    Good luck to you and best of luck in your poultry endeavors! [​IMG]
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
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  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    It's nice to have you here!
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  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC and the poultry keeping adventure! So glad you've joined us.
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under lillian5831 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some good advice and links, I will just wish you all the best and also your flock when they arrive.

    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. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Please check out the predator threads for advice.
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