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New to Raising Chickens but REALLY Excited for This New Adventure!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Patinas, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. Patinas

    Patinas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,

    I have spent many hours reading information on this site and finally decided I just needed to join so here I am! My background is I am a city born/raised gal that has always longed to move to a rural community and have some land and chickens and goats. Last June, I finally was able to make it happen....kids raised and on their own and a hubby that was willing to move. So here we are in our new home on just over 5 acres and loving every minute of being here.

    At the beginning of March I bought my first 4 chicks which were straight run Dixie Rainbows. My gosh they are HUGE birds!! They were already a couple weeks old and 2 of them turned out to be roosters so I recently found a home for them. From there I quickly got chickenitis and now have 21 chicks!! I know that's a lot for someone new to chickens but I'm the type of person that doesn't do anything until I've thoroughly done my research and made a plan and am confident I can make it happen.

    I am getting so much joy and entertainment out of them already. It's actually better than I was expecting it to be and so fascinating and fun watching the chicks grow and change and starting to act like big chickens.

    I started them out in a big 3 x 5 tub but they've quickly outgrown that and I currently have them in the garage in a 4 x 8 coop that we bought as a kit. I know they cannot live in that small a space so I found some coop plans that I like and can modify to customize the way I want the coop so next week we start building that. I have some questions about coop design and accessories but I'll post them in the appropriate forum.

    Other types of chicks I am currently raising (I have 2-3 of each kind):

    Pendesencas
    Blue Andalusians
    Brahmas
    Welsummers
    Barnevelders
    Ameracaunas
    Speckled Sussex
    Dominique


    So far no casualties, no pasty butt and everyone seems to get along pretty well despite a range in sizes/age.

    Is it just me or have others suddenly not been able to eat chicken once you have chicks? I look at chicken and all I think of are baby chicks!! Weird I know, and I'm sure I'll get over it at some point!

    Anyway, just thought I'd say hello and say how much this website has helped educate me, get started and to this point. Lots of great ideas and advice from the experienced people on here. It's very much appreciated!

    -Patinas
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Nice mix.
    What variety of Penedesencas?
    I still eat chicken. I even eat my own chickens. I prefer that to eating a bird that had a bad life.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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  4. Patinas

    Patinas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi ChickenCanoe

    I don't know what variety of Penedesencas. They were labeled just Penedesencas. I didn't know they had varieties. They look like little chipmunks with bright white stripes down their backs and distinct "V" shapes on their heads.
     
  5. Patinas

    Patinas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi redsoxs

    Thanks for the welcome and links. I'll definitely check out the WA threads!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    User Ron Ott raises Penedesencas He usually posts on the "Old Folks home " thread. ps you don't have to be old to post there
     
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

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

    As you have already received some links to great 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]
     
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Nice variety of breeds!
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Penedesencas come in Black, Crele, Wheaten and Partridge. Yours must be Partridge. I raise Blacks exclusively but have had Partridge.
    If a hatchery carries them at all, they usually only have one variety. That's probably why they were just labeled with the breed.
    Only one hatchery carries Blacks and theirs aren't perfect. No attention to earlobe color, comb and I've been told some have 5 toes.
    In case you want to read up on them.
    http://www.penedesencausa.com/
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGP/Penes/BRKPenes.html
     
  10. Patinas

    Patinas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! Well, I'm no spring chicken but not quite "Old Folks Home" material either!
     

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