Proud to be a new BYC member!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 5cutechicks, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. 5cutechicks

    5cutechicks In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2014
    Lowell Michigan
    Hello everyone! So glad I found this website and honored to be a new member! We got our first chicken 1 year ago. Her name is Gloria and she's a Rhode Island Red. She wandered into our yard and kept roosting on top off my husbands work truck (a large boom truck) and we checked with neighbors to see who she belonged to and no one would claim her (could be because we live in the city?) were worried something might kill her so I asked my husband to build a roosting box on our shed thinking she could use it at night for protection and I came home one day to a really nice large chicken coop that could hold 6 chickens or so! My son 14, and daughter 12, wanted more chickens so they researched chicken breeds they wanted and we now have 3 silkies and frizzle! They were 6,5,4,3 weeks old when we got them there now 5 months old. I've posted there pictures and asked for some sexing help a couple of times. We're still not sure who's what yet but were having tons of fun with them. They are the neatest pets we've ever had and we currently have 2 large boxers Brutus and Harley, 1 naughty cockatoo, Brandy and a Parakeete named Louie and our newest addition is a grey cockatiel, Sheldon! So excited to be a new member to back yard chickens! I wish I would have known about this web site back in July when our baby chick Murphy got sick with a cold! I did find a very knowledgeable person at a tsc that was able to help but that was after I spent several hours trying to find a vet to see my chicken, everyone thought I was nuts. All I kept hearing was Its just a chicken!" Now it's good to know there are others out there that love and care about there chickens just as much as I do! It's so nice to know there are so many helpful people out there that are willing to help with all sorts of chicken questions. I can't wait to see what the future brings and what we can learn!
  2. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

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

    You will find a lot of good information. Ask a question and you will get many good answers.

    Read the FAQ below.
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. We all love chickens here and I'm glad your enjoying yours. Just be careful with Brutus and Harley. We get a lot of new chicken owners here who are shocked and horrified when their dog (sometimes even little ones like chihuahuas) suddenly decide to chase and kill their chickens. As most BYC members will tell you (some to their sorrow), chickens and dogs don't generally mix well. And once a dog has started chasing and killing chickens, it's almost impossible to break them from doing it again. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  4. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chirping

    Aug 23, 2014
    hello and welcome,sound's like you have a wonderful flock,so glad to have you[​IMG]
  5. 5cutechicks

    5cutechicks In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2014
    Lowell Michigan
    Thanks for the info on the dogs and chickens! We always make sure they have no contact with each other at all, the coop is far enough away from where our dogs get tied out too but we have a new neighbor that lets his dog walk with out a leash and it runs over to our chicken coop and scares the daylights out of the chickens. ( Its a large golden retriever) We have made a tractor (think that's what they call a portable chicken run so they can be safe in the yard) we put then in that and we just spent several hundred dollars in hardware wire to make sure our baby's are safe! We never read anything on types of chicken wire until I recently found something that said never use chicken wire it's not safe so we had to redo the whole coop! We found when our neighbors dog jumped on the side of the fence it pushed the wires apart a bit so I wouldn't put my babies outside until my husband made it 100% safe and our chicks were living in our bathroom in a dog kennel for several weeks and the dogs wiuld have loved to have had them as a snack. (we tell them they can only eat cooked chicken!) Don't understand the neighbor and his dog, my dogs are always walked on a leash and always tied out never running around free because were trying to be responsible pet owners and keep all of our pets safe and other people's pets because they are animals after all. But I know what your saying about dogs and birds, our dog Harley and my cockatoo hate each other and we do have some ugly moments with the bird screaming squawking on the bottom of his cage and the dog stands on his back feet with front feet on the cage and they just go at if until we break it up, thank goodness the cage is really large and really well built and it doesn't happen often! As for my neighbor (who's a doctor) my husband just says "Ya can't fix stupid!"
  6. 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.

    Yes defiantly be cautious with the dogs.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you neighbors dog is not human aggressive you could catch him and drop him off at the animal shelter After the owner has to pay to get him back - he might learn something.
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    That would certainly be poetic justice. It might even fix "stupid." :eek:)
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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

    This is the place to be when you own poultry. We are just bursting at the seams with knowledge!

    Enjoy this wonderful adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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