Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kimmybow, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. kimmybow

    kimmybow Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2011
    Hi all! I'm a new chicken farmer - lol! I got chickens because I love animals, and what a bonus to have animals that give back more than love!

    My hens (pullets?) are still pretty young - got them in May 2011. I have 6 - 5 of them are definitely Buff Opringtons, one is a bit of a mystery. She looks like a buff for the most part, but she has somewhat different shaped feathers, a different tail, and is bigger than the rest of the girls. There is a rumor that she is a buff aracauna, but I'm not sure. She has no face decorations [​IMG] Haven't been able to find a good pic of one.

    They are cracking my family up with their antics. Our mystery girl, Zoey, is a supreme bug catcher, and we love to watch her launch herself into the air to get a choice bug. Ozzy has a bit of a funny eye - perhaps an injury? She seems to be missing part of her upper eyelid. She is a nervous nelly. Yoko is super friendly and has a funny cowlick on her back. JiJi "runs like a dinosaur", says my 9 y/o. Yolky and Peepers are kind of non-descript.

    I am a little concerned that the honeymoon will be over once the winter arrives. Things are going very smoothly - Caring for them seems relatively easy right now. We don't have egg laying to contend with yet - not sure how much that adds to the work...

    I have a husband and 2 girls, 11 and 9. The 9 y/o is so in love with the girls - she is my future vet [​IMG] 11 y/o could not be less interested-pre teen - lol!

    Looking forwared to fresh eggs!
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
    Hello and [​IMG] Glad you joined! [​IMG]
  3. izel

    izel New Egg

    Jul 11, 2011
    Hi Im Brenda. Just started raising chicks for our back yard for my daughters 4H project

    Here is my dilemma

    I have just finished incubating 12 chicken eggs and 5 turkey eggs. I only got three healthy chicks. Out of the 9 fertile chick eggs 6 hatched. 3 of them had trouble coming out. two of those died. Two of the chicks had spayed legs and I used a bandaid to help them. One died but I think it had something wrong with its back it couldn't lift its head. The other still will not use his right leg but is getting around. He is smaller than the rest. He eats and drinks fine.

    As for the turkeys only 3 were fertile. One died coming out of the shell. One has the same problem the chick with the bad back has. I expect him to die soon. Dont know what to do. And the third one was born with only one eye and a bad beak.

    I have incubated three times and the first time I hand turned them and we got 12 out of 13 chicks. The last two times I used an egg turner, and we didn't get a good hatch in either case. Could it be the egg turner causing this problem?

    I am afraid of having another set of eggs.

  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. what's kickin' chicken

    what's kickin' chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    [​IMG] Hi [​IMG]
  6. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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

    [​IMG] Sounds like you're really lovin' your chickens!

  7. Poppafrog

    Poppafrog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2011
    Horn Lake MS
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  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  9. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    "Yoko," I love that name! [​IMG]
  10. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!

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