New to this site and chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jakell2010, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. jakell2010

    jakell2010 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2011
    Hello all,,,,,,I just convinced my SO to let me get the chickens I've wanted for a long time ,,,,,I got a 4x6 metal roof coop with 8 nest boxes, I got 4 red sex links , and 3 buff orpingtons, and one "other" so 8 in total,,,,,got the coop Monday and the chickens on Tuesday, I built a 4x8x4h run for them with two feeders and 2 waterers.

    I let them out for the first time today, 2 of the Buffs are older and more adventurous, and they took off to explore, two of the RIR went into the woods, now we don't have A LOT of predators around here because we are over run wit rabbits right now, but I spent about an hour running thru thornny scrub to try and get this one girl out of the woods;). After I finally gave up and was laying on the grass having resigned her to her own fate,,,she came strolling out of the bushes like nothing was wrong.[​IMG]

    How much should I feed theses ladies, and the feeders are un covered, can the feed get wet?, should it rain,,it' s in the 90's and I've been keeping the water full.

    Trying not to make any STUPID AMATEUR mistakes that cost one of my chickens it's life

    I am in rural New York State

  2. BrokenRoadFarm

    BrokenRoadFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2011
    North Central NC
    [​IMG] Welcome! Sounds like you have some adventurous ladies [​IMG] I would cover the feeders - if it gets wet it can get moldy. And keep making sure the water is full. Especially in this heat wave. I have an extra bowl out there and I keep filling it with ice cubes during the day - we are pushing 100F without the heat index down here in NC. Sounds like you are doing just fine! [​IMG]
  3. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

    Jun 20, 2010
    [​IMG] from OKlahoma ! Glad you joined! [​IMG]
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Welcome to the wonderful world of chickens. Try to keep their feed dry. Be aware that most of the rest of the world wants to eat your chickens. Do your best to fortify their coop and enclosure. Good luck and enjoy.
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  7. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]


  9. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  10. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Hello, if people think your nuts for having chickens, you have found a refuge here. LOL. [​IMG]

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