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Proud new crazy chicken mommy!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by spacecowgirl, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. spacecowgirl

    spacecowgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, everyone!!

    I've been lurking on this forum for awhile now and decided I just have to join. I got bit by the chicken bug four months ago when I got my first two chicks. One died the first night and I was heartbroken. Off I went to get another one to replace it the very next day. I painstakingly raised them until they were old enough to go outside and had my Dad (a carpenter) build what we call our "chicken mansion" and sizeable run under our deck. They were so friendly and happy to be around people, I let them free range most of the day. Tragically, a few weeks later, the "replacement chicken" , which at the time was my favorite, was killed by our neighbor's dog...my son and I cried and cried.[​IMG] But more on that later...in other posts, surely.

    So that left my original chicken, Brownie, alone again, at about 2 1/2 months old! So I got a new 1 week old chick ( Black Copper Maran )to keep her company. I was afraid they wouldn't get along at first, so I separated them in the coop...well, Brownie kept jumping in with her and getting stuck ( she was way to big )[​IMG] and they made fast friends!

    But I decided that the new chick was probably a rooster ( what do I know, haha ) so I go a couple of days later and get one more chick from the same brood. I was convinced this one was a hen, and they all got along famously. I was wrong. First one WAS a hen, the second, a rooster. He's very cool, but I know I may have to give him up.[​IMG]

    The chicken math kicked in, and I got another ( 3 week old ) chick from a friend of my son's, but my, now older flock, pecked it unmercilessly, so I had to seperate her, in the coop again. Well, she was lonely. Even with a mirror in there to gaze into. So I went back and got her a friend ( brother, sister? ) and they are happy, but I'm dreading the upcoming introduction...

    Why didn't I just get six or seven chicks to begin with and avoid all this mess? Because I had no idea what I was doing. Also, because this was all my husband's fault!! He wanted them, me, not so much....But once I got those first two, I was hooked.

    Now I'm the one who takes care of them, obsesses over them, spends all my time with them, dreams about them, gets picked on my friends because of them......yes, I am the crazy chicken lady.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG] from Kansas! Glad you were bitten by the chicken bug! [​IMG]
     
  3. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

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    You can't be the crazy chicken lady! That's my title! LOL

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  4. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Hi and welcome to BYC! The integration can be a long drawn out process. What I did is seperate my two small flocks with a wire dog kennel. I would switch who would go in the kennel twice a day. It took at least 3 weeks of separation, but able to see each other before I could let them together. It felt like forever. Some people section off a part of the coop while integrating. They will eventually get along. It's best to have everyone about the same size when together. Therefore, the newcomers can defend themselves. Good luck.
     
  6. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi from Ga.

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    WELCOME ABOARD.
     
  7. Kaelinstorm

    Kaelinstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! [​IMG] Where all of us have bugs LOL Question: Why do you have to get rid of your Roo? I have two and they protect our girls. Of course they are Banty so they arent very loud either. (I live in the middle of town) Can you not keep your Roo? They can be pretty enjoyable. And usually VERY handsome birdies indeed [​IMG]
     
  8. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Welcome, You are going to really enjoy BYC, glad you joined! (from Washington State)
     
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     

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