Starting a new flock!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lark60, May 26, 2019.

  1. Lark60

    Lark60 In the Brooder

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    Hello, I am new to raising chickens and have my first eggs in the incubator. My sister has a flock and gave me 9 fertile eggs (that's the max my incubator can hold for chicken eggs). I candled them at her house and found one was cracked so she swapped it out with another one. I am so excited! There are 3 brown eggs, 3 pink eggs and 3 green eggs. The rooster is a Barred rock and the hens are either Araucana, barred rock or a sexed link that I can't remember what she called the hen. I candled the eggs on day 7 and had to remove 2 eggs. One quit growing early and the other had a blood ring. There was movement in 6 eggs and one of the green eggs was hard to see through. Half of the egg is dark and the other half I can see light when I hold the egg on the light at just the right angle. The eggs are loosing weight at 16% so I will check them again on day 14. I tweek the humidity twice a day to keep it around 45-55% and the temp is steady at 37.9. I just built the brooder and am in the process of adapting my shed to be a coop.

    As for me, I am a retired physician, live alone in Arizona, have raised many different anamals and this will be my first time raising chickens. My plan is to raise dual purpose chickens. I live within the city limits so I can have 8 hens but no roosters.
     
  2. AmyJane725

    AmyJane725 Songster

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    Welcome to chicken keeping (and BYC)! You're gonna love it. :D

    If you have any questions feel free to let the good folks here know. They're a wealth of knowledge just waiting to be tapped.
     
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  4. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Happy :ya to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC!

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
     
  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hi and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new hobby. I wish you the best of luck with your hatch.

    Here are some links to key resources:

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
  6. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    I'm working on a shed to coop conversion myself. It still takes a long time to get it done!
     
  8. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    Good morning and welcome to the BYC flock! I haven't gotten brave enough to try incubating eggs yet, but I have my first hatch being mailed from a hatchery soon. Best of luck with your eggs.
     
  9. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to our FUNomenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of fun! :wee
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Thank you for joining us at Backyard Chickens, the pulse beat of the chicken community.
     

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