New to the chicken life...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chickenmama5677, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. Chickenmama5677

    Chickenmama5677 Just Hatched

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    Hi everyone! I'm new to the chicken life...I've wanted chickens for a while but never had the courage to take the plunge into poultry parenthood... until one day, my husband's brother-in-law came to visit from the big city way up north. He was driving around, exploring with my nephew and found Tractor Supply. By chance they had just gotten in a shipment of chicks, so he bought 6 of them... no waterer, feed or feeder... just chicks. Be brought them back to my Mother-in-law's (who is in her 70s, has rheumatoid arthritis in her spine and her husband is battling cancer) house and presented them to her with great pomp and circumstance as if he had done her some great service and then proptly left... while I was witnessing this bizar turn of events, my sweet mother-in-law proceeded to cry because she was so overwhelmed by the idea of trying to take care of 6 little chicks, her husband, and unpack her house load of boxes after their move across country (oh yes, I forgot to mention that my in-laws had just moved from California to Louisiana and had only been in their house for about 6 hours). Through her tears she asked me to take the chicks, so I did. I have no experience with chickens and don't even know their breed. My husband's brother-in-law claimed they were barred rock, but their down was a pale yellow. So I googled chicken breeds and think that they might be Leghorns and that maybe they are about 18 weeks old. I'm happy yhat I do finally have chickens, even though I didn't actually choose them, lol.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - that's an unusual path to raising chickens. Enjoy your flock.
     
  3. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Hey @Chickenmama5677 ! I am so happy you joined our roost at BYC! I would like to welcome you with open arms! Yes this site is very helpful for all chicken related things! Since you are new to chickens I will leave you the link to the most prominent learning area on this site our Learning Center a place with updated articles for old and new chicken raisers! https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center For your raising baby chicks needs follow this link for that forum that has a bunch of threads and it is always available for you to make new ones. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/11/raising-baby-chicks I hope you enjoy BYC and make sure to post pictures of your flock and give us updates on how you are doing here https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/40/family-life-stories-pictures-updates I hope you and your new chicks do great and enjoy the Summer!
    Justin [​IMG]
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! That sure is an interesting start to your chicken adventures! It was so nice of you to take them in which I'm sure was a big relief for your MIL. Please do pop by the links left for you which I'm sure you will find most helpful. There is also the what breed gender section to post pics in ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  6. Chickenmama5677

    Chickenmama5677 Just Hatched

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    Thank you. I've tried posting pictures but can't seem to figure it out. I don't know what I'm doing wrong... I click on the photo icon in the comment box, choose the photo I want to upload and click submit... it loads for a few minutes then kicks me back to the forum.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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