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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cheep N Peep, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. Cheep N Peep

    Cheep N Peep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey, this is my new member page. So....

    I started wanting chickens about four or five years ago, and actually joined BYC. But I forgot the password. And the name. [​IMG]

    I researched chickens a lot. Space needed, different feeders, different waterers, types of coops, coop designs, to insulate or not to insulate, breeds, nest boxes, ventilation, windows, doors, sand in the run or sand in the coop, bedding, poop hammocks or poop boards? There was a lot to learn.

    I was already saving money and saving wood for a long time before I got my chicks from TSC two days after Easter. The cool thing? They had hatched on Easter Sunday, and we always know how old they are. Unfortunately, four of our six 'pullets' turned into boys. They had crowing contests in the shower while I worked on the coop, which turned out pretty AWESOME, if I say so myself. :) But we did end up getting rid of the roosters and got five new pullets (which are all girls) in September.

    The coop is walk in, 4' x 7', has a poop board, three nesting boxes, and uses pine shavings bedding.

    I have seven girls now:

    Aspen Rhode Island Red 7 mon.

    Luna Dark Cornish 7 mon.

    Opal Buff Orpington 10 weeks

    Willow Black Sexlink 10 weeks

    Aggy Barred Plymouth Rock 10 weeks

    June Buff Orpington 10 weeks

    Iris Brown Leghorn 10 weeks

    You can find me floating around the 'coop and run, design, construction and maintenance' section, offering advice, ideas, and asking my own questions.
     
  2. daxigait

    daxigait Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for your posts. I researched and built off a lot of this site's advice.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome back to BYC. Glad you decided to re-join our flock. :eek:) You have a nice mix of breeds. Black Sex Links are my personal favorites as they are very friendly and hardy, egg laying machines. I raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 large brown eggs per hen per year. You should get loads of eggs from Willow. :eek:) If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  4. Cheep N Peep

    Cheep N Peep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the kind replies. :) Of all the chicks, though, Willow seems to be the most panicky around people. Iris follows me around the yard, and eats slugs out of my hand, and the BO sisters like to sit on my lap. Aggy- well, she complains. All the time. [​IMG] But Willow freaks out if I get too close. Sigh. She is very melodramatic. Aspen lays six eggs a week, every week. And demands dandelion greens. Luna has tried to go broody about three times already in the last month, and... oh, wait, I've run out of chickens.
    The learning center is really cool, although I find it hard to maneuver if I am searching for a specific thing.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome Back to BYC, you've put together a nice collection of breeds.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You're welcome. The way to a chicken's heart is through it's stomach. Maybe there is some way that you can spend some isolated time with Willow and while remaining seated, lure her in with some treats. Put them on a board to start with until she's used to eating from the board in front of you. Then put them in your hand the next time and hold your hand over the board until she's used to eating from your hand. Then remove the board next time and feed her directly from your hand, moving your hand closer to your body with each successive feeding. Soon her nervousness will be gone and she will be mauling you. :eek:) Of course this is a lot faster process when they are chicks and you may not think it's worth taking the time to do it as adults.
     
  8. Cheep N Peep

    Cheep N Peep Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've tried something similar. She watches me warily, poops, and walks away. Every time. [​IMG] Chickens are weird. Well, mine are, anyway. [​IMG]
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    One thing I've learned about chickens in 50 years of raising them is that for every rule there is an exception. :eek:)
     
  10. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.:frow Which I already have. :)
     
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