Newbie from the Gulf Coast

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pcolarunnergirl, May 30, 2010.

  1. pcolarunnergirl

    pcolarunnergirl New Egg

    May 30, 2010
    First off, I want to thank the operators of BackYardChickens. I've been Lurking here for a couple of months trying to figure out my gameplan for chickens. I've been an active consumer of "yard eggs" for a couple of years. I've been slowly working on the self-sustainability concept and decided to take the plunge into raising my own laying hens. I know perfectly well, it will be a money losing venture since I can only keep under 5 chickens in my neighborhood (they actually have that written into the covenants).

    After building the coop (then going back and reinforcing it several times after reading all the predator topics!), I finally bought a couple of young hens (6 months) from craigslist. I decided to go with adults due to the fear factor of getting chicks with no previous bird experience. One is some sort of brown sex linked and the other a rhode island red. The fellow I bought them from had all sorts of varieties but I asked him for good solid hens that would be hard to mess up.

    The brown hen started laying this past week. Wow, within three days of her starting to lay, her comb got bright pink and BIG! The RIR hasn't started yet but I noticed a couple of days ago that her comb was starting to get a bit more pink although it is tiny.

    Now if I could just get the one girl to lay in the nest box. She lays in the corner right by the nest box. 3 eggs so far (about 1 every other day). One of the was cracked when I found it. So I put a deep layer of shavings in the corner to help cushion the eggs and a fake egg in each nest. I'm hoping she takes the hint.

    Anyway, thanks for such a great site. It is very informative.

    Oh and FYI, freeze dried mealworms is like crack to chickens.
  2. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    [​IMG] Glad you decided to join! Sounds like you have a wonderful set-up.
  3. applefalls

    applefalls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Cockeysville, MD
    It was smart to do your homework; you're off to a great start. Hope you posted a pic of your first egg.[​IMG]
  4. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
  5. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from PA! Try putting a golf ball or fake egg in the nest box. That usually works! [​IMG]
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  7. NancyinAlaska

    NancyinAlaska Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Willow Alaska
    :welcomeFromAlaska.......... try putting some fake eggs or something like them into the nest you'd LIKE the hen to lay in, then.................................???????????????????[​IMG]
  8. pcolarunnergirl

    pcolarunnergirl New Egg

    May 30, 2010
    I have put fake eggs in the actual nests. She carefully kicks them out and puts them in the corner she prefers to lay in. I think I have a VERY stubborn lady. Guess I'm just going to treat that corner like a nest box.
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio.
  10. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2009
    [​IMG] from Eastern Kentucky.

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