Raising Hens in Upstate NY!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CollegeFarmer, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. CollegeFarmer

    CollegeFarmer New Egg

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    Hi everyone! I'm new to the site, but I have been raising some hens for a couple of years now. I go to Siena College in Albany, NY and have yet to find anyone here with the same interest! City slickers! [​IMG]. Right now I have 2 year old hens: 5 red sex links (Edna, Wilma, Ms. Shirley, Emma and Gracie), 2 Barred Rocks (Martha and May) and one Buff Orpington (Daphnie) and I can easily say they have been some of the most fun in my life! I would really like to add 6 (NYS minimum) Americauna pullets in May. I am going to raise them from as chicks in my dorm starting mid-March (roommate thinks I'm nuts, but loves it) and would like to introduce them to my small flock in May. Do you guys think that's alright? I only have one coop, but I suppose I have provisions for another. I've heard the horror stories of the pecking order and such when adding hens. I introduced my Rocks and Orpington a year after I raised by sex links and they were a little skiddish at first, but now are just fine. However, they're only 1 year in age difference. Any suggestions? Thanks everyone and let's pray for warmer weather! (well at least in the Northeast).

    Mike
     
  2. Dnetschke

    Dnetschke Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Mike, welcome to BYC. Go to the New York state thread. There are a lot of like minded folk in your state.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, CollegeFarmer, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us. I want to make sure I understand you - you will be raising chickens in your dorm room? They grow fast, are a little noisy with their cheeping and can be pretty smelly in confined areas - just saying. There are lots of threads on BYC about introducing new chickens. After a proper quarantine period you can put the newbies in a cage where all the birds have visual contact but not actual physical contact. Let them get used to each other for a few days, then when you introduce them put them in the coop at dark so they wake up together and let them out at first light. There will be a pecking order readjustment but it should go fine. Best of luck to you and have fun!
     
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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  6. CollegeFarmer

    CollegeFarmer New Egg

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    Thanks for the warm welcome! I should have said my dorm room is really a small house and we have an extra room where the chicks will be just fine. Thank you for the tips, I never really thought of trying that. I will!
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. Good advice given. :thumbsup
     
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
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    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    What town are you living?
     

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