Nubie from the Northwest

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TRazzo, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. TRazzo

    TRazzo Hatching

    Sep 4, 2014
    Hello to all! We just started our journey into the wonderful world of chickens! We had been looking into getting started - well my wife had anyway - and a friend of a friend told us about a widower that didn't want his wife's chickens any more. So after a week long vacation at our favorite lake we came home and built the run, went and got the chickens, coop, feed, and all of the accessories for nothing. Brought everything home, and put the coop into the run, finished the wire and put the girls into their new home. They seemed to settle in very fast, even got an egg the first afternoon! Only one is laying so far, they are both about a year and a half old. We are watching for more on Craigslist, trying to find some more that people just want to get rid of their birds, there seems to be plenty. Love this site, lots of information available.

    Tony & Lia
  2. Alright Tony & Lisa, [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    BYC has a very useful learning center [​IMG]

    Sounds like you had a great run of luck with your new flock [​IMG]
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Congrats on your birds, your set up and your eggs!
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congrats on your new flock!

    Be very careful when purchasing unknown birds. Many of them carry infectious diseases that can destroy your entire flock. Craigslist is famous for selling sick birds unfortunately. So just be very careful.

    Any new birds you do bring home, quarantine for 30 days. This works in 2 allows you to see if any of them are sick and allows for a slow introduction into your flock. You can't just throw birds into an existing flock without chaos, fighting and sometimes even death.

    So keep the new birds in a cage or enclosure but within the flock at all times. Everybody sees, but nobody touches. Leave them like this for one month. Then you can mix them in. There will still be squabbles, but it shouldn't be too violent. Of course always intervene if it turns bloody.

    And always put out more feed and watering stations for the newbies. The old flock will tend to guard these areas and can starve out the new birds.

    Good luck on this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
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  6. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
  7. TRazzo

    TRazzo Hatching

    Sep 4, 2014
    Thanks everyone, it is a lot of fun and I am an info sponge right now! And thanks TwoCrows for the info, may rethink my plans!
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Tony and Lia! Congratulations! It's always so exciting to get that first egg. Glad you decided to join our flock. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of hens did you get?
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Please be careful with birds people are giving away - there might be very good reasons for doing so, like illness, disease, parasites, overly aggressive birds, hens too old to be laying etc. etc. None of which they will admit to you.

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