So excited to be here!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by elleschicks, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. elleschicks

    elleschicks In the Brooder

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    Hey guys i am so excited to be getting the amazing experience of owning chickens this is gonna be awesome!! I am so excited to potentially get to know some of you and maybe one day share my wisdom and help newbies like myself one day!lol!! We don't have any chickens yet but have the coop, we are still sorting out details of the run and breeds we would like , we know we want good egg layers so are thinking of Rhode Island red's but any recommendations are very much appreciated, I know for sure we are gonna have 1 silky they are the reason I convinced my family that chickens are an amazing pet! We live in Canada with 2 dogs, too many aquariums, a hedgehog, and 2 lizards. We are really excited to get into the chicken hobby!!!
     
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  3. danceswithronin

    danceswithronin Crowing

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    Welcome! One recommendation I'd make is that if you're going to have a silkie, choose a breed to go with it that is known for a docile/gentle temperament. Because it looks so different and is naturally a kind of passive ornamental breed, a single silkie runs the risk of being singled out by more dominant aggressive breeds like Rhode Island Reds, sex links, Welsummers, or Leghorns.

    I'd considering going with a more gentle breed like Orpingtons, Sussex, or even Plymouth Rocks. I had a white Plymouth Rock with my flock of four bantam silkies and he was completely sweet with them, despite being double their size. He was like a giant lap dog. Unfortunately his crowing meant he had to go out to live with a friend of mine outside city limits, but it's a really docile, friendly breed.
     
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  4. Melky

    Melky Spring has sprung!

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  5. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Songster

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    Hi and welcome! IMG_20190419_165538640.jpg
     
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  6. Meatpies

    Meatpies Chirping

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    Thanks for joining us!:welcome
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens, the pulse beat of the chicken community.
     
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  8. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join our wonderful community! :welcome
     
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  9. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Crossing the Road

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    Your silkie might require some extra care in the winter, they're not very cold hardy like other breeds. Have you thought about a mixed flock? I love having a few different breeds and a colorful egg basket. My easter eggers, buff orps, barred rock and wyandotte have all laid pretty good, not high production, but I get enough extra eggs to share with friends. Having mixed birds might also make your silkie blend in a little more so it's not the only one that looks different, less likely to get picked on.
    Best wishes starting your new adventure! spring-chickie.gif
     
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  10. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hi and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new hobby.

    Here are some links to key resources:
    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
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