New to flock!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by herdingcats, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. herdingcats

    herdingcats In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2018
    Hi everyone, I have been poking around on this site and decided to join after I deleted Facebook and realized I lost access to some great chicken advice! This site seems so informative and fun. A few things about us:

    Growing up in Alaska in the early 80s, I didn't know anyone who had chickens. Farms at that point were very separate from city areas. Now when I visit I am amazed by all the backyard coops. We live in Washington State on about 1 acre, and are surrounded by farmers and backyard breeders. So it was only natural to add some poultry! Our family has had chickens for almost 2 years. We had 4 Black Australorp raised from pullets and adopted 2 adult Red SexLink (I think) hens. Unfortunately 1 Aussie met her demise by trying to cross the road...and 1 of the adopted SexLinks passed away quietly one night. We just added 11 chicks to our flock: 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Blue Polish, 3 Buff Orps, 3 Black Orps, and 2 Silkies. We also have a border-springer mix who would snuggle the chicks to death if he could, and 2 outdoor cats who are licking their chops...

    We have 2 daughters who are beyond excited about the new chicks. They saved up to help buy the Australorps, but we discovered our newbie mistake in getting pullets instead of chicks; they never bonded with us and did not become the "farm pets" that our girls' friends have. Although the Australorps are good layers and are pretty friendly, they are also more independent than we expected, and HATE being in the spacious chicken run; they squawk loudly if they are "forced" to be in there for more than an hour each morning instead of free ranging. Sweetie, our remaining SexLink, follows us around and even hangs out by our back door, trying to pop inside if we aren't careful. I think she'll be a friendly one to the chicks once they are introduced.

    I deleted the question portion of this post so as to put it in the proper questions thread.

  2. FrankieDoodle

    FrankieDoodle Poppy-Dog

    Jul 29, 2017
    :frow Welcome to BYC!!! :woot
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  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
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  4. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

    Feb 7, 2018
    Hampshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to the flock! There's loads of helpful, knowledgable members who are always on hand to give a friendly word of advice if you need it. I hope you enjoy the site as much as we all do :D
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  5. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
  6. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop

    I loved your introduction!

    Black Australorps are like that regardless of raising them from chicks.

    Get some Silikes for the Daughters!

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  7. herdingcats

    herdingcats In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2018
    We did! 1 black and 1 white Silkie. I don't know if we could pick a favorite...they are all such characters. :)
  8. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

    Dec 12, 2013

    That's great that your daughter's are enjoying the chickens!

    If you'd like to chat with other members in WA, here's a link to your state thread:
    It can be really helpful to chat with others that share your climate, etc.

    Thanks for joining us!

    P.S. I raised 3 BA's from chicks and none of them were friendly...not every bird will be the 'average temperament' you may read about. They're all individuals.
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  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G'Day from down under herdingcats :frowWelcome!

    Facebook's loss is our gain! :D

    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.

    BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out.

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock and/or other critters, 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 ;)

    Including your general location on your profile will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

    You may be interested in this link:
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
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