New to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by birdlovin gal, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. birdlovin gal

    birdlovin gal Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2009
    Western MA
    Hi everyone,

    I just got my first chickens on Saturday, six (hopefully) girls! They were hatched last Tuesday and were from TSC. They are doing great, and growing FAST...but I was wondering about when they feather out and start to show which breed of chicken they might be.

    My girls will be pets only (I am allergic to birds and eggs) and I had hoped for a variety. They all look very similar to me. Is it too soon to tell? Thanks for your input... I am new to this. [​IMG] Here is an image of my new girls.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2009
  2. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Hi and [​IMG] from Indiana
  3. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    It might be too early to tell depending on the breed but congratz on your fuzzybutts and...
    Welcome from Indiana... [​IMG]
  4. addiedunn

    addiedunn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 12, 2008
    Martinsville, IN
    You're gonna love it here!
  5. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hello and [​IMG] from NC
  6. Beed

    Beed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2008
    Ft. Pierce, Florida
    Congratulations. Those girls are cute as can be. I am new also and love it here. Welcome.
  7. birdlovin gal

    birdlovin gal Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2009
    Western MA
    Thanks, I do love it here... I lurked around and did a lot of research before we got our new babies and I found this place to be the best for information. It will be really helpful when hubby & I build their coop. So many great ideas here![​IMG]
  8. shawnm2639

    shawnm2639 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Woodlake Ca
    I am new also...good to know a place that has all the answers.[​IMG] I tried last year with 8 Buff Orps but they didn't survive the dog while the coop was being built...learned lots of lessons. coop is up and I bugged the feed store early this year and bought 20 Bar Rocks...1 escaped immiedately when moving in the house on a cold night..I din't even know it had gotten out of fort knox till I found its little body a day or two later. [​IMG] I thought the feed store had miss counted and out of the remaining 19 only 8 turned out to be hens...should have stumbled across this site earlier and I could have sexed them...anyway..planning on eating all but 1 roo and will check the other threads to know when to do that. Thanks for a great site.[​IMG]
  9. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  10. birdlovin gal

    birdlovin gal Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2009
    Western MA
    Thanks again for the warm welcome!

    The girls should be safe, they are in a heated garage and in a giant dog crate for their brooder, so I don't have to worry about escapes (yet). My standard poodle pup and my old lab/golden X have met them and they are interested, but don't bother the girls at all.

    So can anyone tell me when they might feather out and show their breed? TSC is brand new in my town, and they were not very knowledgeable about chicks....I should have told them to do some research here! [​IMG]

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