Newbie Chicken Lady

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mjh2032, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. mjh2032

    mjh2032 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I joined BackYard Chickens and have enjoyed reading wonderful stories from all of you more experienced people. I thought I should introduce myself instead of just lurking.

    I have six beautiful Rhode Island Reds who are four months old now. I got them from a local Tractor Supply Company during Chick Days. I was not able to chose the breed I got but Rhode Island Reds was what I wanted and I am happy to say that is the breed they all are. I read this breed is heat and cold tolerant. I am in the South East so it doesn't usually get too cold but the summers can get hot and humid.

    I am looking forward to learning more about keeping chickens from you all.

    Maria
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join BYC! Lots of us were lurkers before we joined. LOL

    RIR's are tolerant to heat and cold. So as long as you offer them up plenty of shade and cool water, they should do just fine. You can add fans to your coop and runs. I turn my turbo fan on when ever the temps get into the 80's. Feed some cool treats too like watermelon or grapes during the hottest part of the day. They should do just fine.

    I am so glad you are enjoying your birds! Make yourself at home here and if you do have any questions about your birds, feel free to ask.

    Stay cool this summer and welcome to our flock! :)
     
  3. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    Hi, and :welcome

    Rhode Island Reds are a great breed. :)
     
  4. MNChickenChick

    MNChickenChick New Egg

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    Welcome to BYC!! I am a newbie as well!! I searched this site numerous times before and during our chicken journey. My husband and I have 12 laying hens of an assorted variety of breeds. It's getting to the point where I can't tell what some of my chickens are! I guess I will have to do some searching and asking on here to get the answers. [​IMG] We just added 6 ducks to our homestead as well and just moved them outside into the "real world"! [​IMG] The original plan was to keep the chickens and ducks housed together in the coop we just built, but after seeing how messy and sink the ducks are, we are going to keep them separate!
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hello and [​IMG] - glad that you have joined us. Two Crows have given you some great advice. More generally, you'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet you Maria, hope you will enjoy BYC as much as we do.
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I had some RIR and loved them! Good choice of breed.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. mjh2032

    mjh2032 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the suggestion to join my state thread. I will look and see if NC is represented.

    Maria
     
  10. mjh2032

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    Two Crows,

    My flock has shady areas as well as sunny so I think they will be fine. I will remember your comment about fans and if I need to I can turn one on for them. I know they like watermelon but I haven't offered them grapes yet.

    Thanks!

    Maria
     

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