newbie (ish) from TN

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lisam43119, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. lisam43119

    lisam43119 New Egg

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    Hi, I'm Lisa and finally joined after a year of stalking the boards [​IMG]
    I live in the city, three cats, two dogs, and I had two lovely barred rock hens. I just recently lost one to a hawk, traumatic day for all involved. Now in the process of getting more chicks in the spring and I joined to get any info/advice on introducing my hen to her new flock members (when big enough of course) as my two were my first and raised together with no issues at all. Leaning heavily toward orpingtons but always claim the right to change my mind. [​IMG]
    Love the site, learned so much in the past year!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hello, Lisa, welcome to BYC. Sorry for your loss - everything wants to eat our birds.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Hi Lisa, nice to meet you. Sour is right, everything loves chickens but, in the wrong way.[​IMG]
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I am so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]It is never easy to lose them under an circumstances.

    The easiest way to introduce new chicks to a flock is, once they are 5 or 6 weeks of age and ready to go outside, set them up in their own enclosure in the coop and in the run. I use one of those "peck and plays" in the run and a dog crate cage in the coop. I keep the chicks in the peck and play all day long, and in the cage in the coop at night. (I put a roost bar in the cage for roosting)

    And I leave them within the flock until they are 3 months of age. You can't mix in chicks to an adult flock as they can be hurt or even killed. Since you only have one hen, mixing day shouldn't be too dramatic. Make sure to put a couple more water or feed stations as the other hen could guard these areas and starve them out.

    Good luck reestablishing your new flock and welcome to ours!
     
  6. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

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  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. I'm sorry you lost one of your girls to a hawk. It's always sad to lose one of our flock. Orpingtons are a wonderful breed. I've raised them for years, and they are hardy, friendly and gentle (my children and granddaughter made lap pets of them), and good layers of large, brown eggs. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined the BYC "flock".

    I'm sorry for your loss![​IMG]
     
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry for the loss![​IMG]

    Introducing the new flock around 8 weeks using the "see but don't touch" method is the most effective.
     

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