New to the group

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Macvande12, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. Macvande12

    Macvande12 Hatching

    Mar 16, 2017

    I'm new to the group. We just recently moved to a house in Stafford, Virginia where we can have chickens! We have a little over 2 acres of land and I've always wanted a few chickens. I grew up on a farm and it's one of the animals I miss having. We currently have 9 rescued kitties, 3 English Mastiffs and a German Shepherd. You could say we are animal lovers. :)

    We are just starting our search for chickens and a coop to keep them in. Any ideas or suggestions would help. We had mostly Rhode Island Reds growing up, but we're really not particular. We'd just like to have some fresh eggs and possibly they can help with the yard.

    Thanks so much for having me!
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Songster

    Dec 12, 2014
    Pacific Northwest
    Welcome to BYC! I hope we can assist you in every possible way <3

  3. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to the forum! I am so glad you decided to join us today, and I hope you will make yourself at home here and enjoy it as much as I have! :frow

  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Macvande12 [​IMG] Welcome!

    There are some great coop ideas here:

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: ‘Find your State’s thread.

    Congrats on your new home and best wishes to you and 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.

    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]
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! It's great to have you in our community!
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    It's nice to have you here!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I would warn about your German Shepherd and your Mastiffs - no matter how gentle they may be, their size alone is devastating to chicks, etc. As for the kittens, they will be harder to keep from harming the chickens. Oy.

    It's really better is none of them get to meet the chickens, and the chickens stay in a safe coop and strongly built secure run with cover. It will also protect them from aerial attack(raptors) and sneaky predators. Everything loves to eat chicken.

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