Newbie to the forum and to raising hens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ScouterJoe, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. ScouterJoe

    ScouterJoe Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 24, 2011
    Hello all. I have very recently taken in 3 hens, all about a year old. Last year my girlfriend decided she had to have them and purchased them as young pullets from Tractor Supply. I don't know the breed. She took them home and asked me if I knew how to build a coop. I didn't, but I built a small coop and run anyway. She kept them for a year and decided she couldn't keep them in her subdivision anymore. I live in 7 acres of woods on the border of Ohio and Michigan near Toledo, Ohio. No neighbors, so I now have them here. I know very little. I know if I give them food in one end, I'll get eggs from the other. I'm enjoying them immensly. I got a huge kick out of watching them eat mosquitos right out the the air! Go girls go! I have stray cats around as well as some huge racoons, as well as squirrel, coyote, deer and various other critters in the area. I can use all the help I can get. Thanks in advance for your patience with my newbie questions to come.
  2. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    A big HELLO from Oregon. Watch out for those coons. They love chickens. I have to lock my girls up tight each night to keep them safe.
  3. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama.
  4. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    Welcome from eastern North Carolina! Work hard to predator-proof your coop as soon as possible. Lots of ideas on this site. [​IMG]
  5. Tres Amigas

    Tres Amigas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2011
    EA WA - 2 chicken yrs.
    [​IMG] from the great Inland Empire! We're also relative newbies, but this is the best place for us newbies! I'm nowhere near as wise in the ways of chickenkeeping as some BYCers here, but feeling like I can offer you .02 cents from some of what I've learned from the Wise Ones (they know who they are) here: 1) Chicken wire keeps chickens in, but nothing out...welded wire/hardware cloth is your best bet; 2) Chickens don't get "colds." 3) "SSS" = shoot, shovel & shuttup; 4) Never keep a bad roo....there are plenty of good ones and finally 5) It's not rocket science and there's always plenty of sound advice to be found here - there are no dumb questions!

    Best of luck! [​IMG]
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  7. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    [​IMG]. Spent some time in your end of the state while in school, loved it beautiful area, great hiking at the Toledo metro parks. Welcome, this is the best place for friendly advice.
  8. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  9. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]

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