Starting from Scratch

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by laurenjane85, May 14, 2016.

  1. laurenjane85

    laurenjane85 Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2016
    *wink wink* Get it?

    Hi all! I'm Lauren, from New Mexico. I've taken care of chickens who belonged to my employer, when I worked at a horse barn, and I had chickens for a short term for 4-H project many moons ago, but those were all already set up, and grown chickens. It's very different starting it all on my own lol. So, I'm reading up and trying to stay ahead of the game.

    I've just bought some chicks over the last few weeks, eight in total. (phew) They are: 2 Ameraucanas, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Barred Plymouth Rock, 1 White Cochin, 1 Delaware, and 1 White Australorp

    The Reds, Cochin, Delaware, and Australorp are all quickly turning into little pullets, and I'm seeing their personalities start to emerge, along with their feathers :) The Ameraucanas and Plymouth Rock are brand new this week and still little fluff balls.

    I've kept them in "the cat room" in my house, where my old lady cat has her litter box and hangs out away from the dogs. The older girls are starting to look interested in exploring the area outside of their little pen, so this weekend is officially Coop Building Weekend -I've put it off while getting ideas from lots of various sources and trying to figure out how to make a coop that will work for my needs using mostly resourced materials and won't be beyond my limited construction skills.

    I'm super excited to name them all once I get to know their personalities a bit more (and can tell them all apart), and of course, to start getting eggs! a few more months.

    I look forward to reading more about all the chickens represented here and being able to make my own recommendations down the road. :)
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock! You've got some really nice breeds there.

    Have you looked at the coop designs here?

    There are loads of plans and pics and inspiration and if you're interested in sharing your coop build, we're running a contest for best coop page, more info and how to enter here:

    The coop page contests run for weeks, so you've got plenty time to enter if you'd like to. Enjoy the site!
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined us at Backyard chickens [​IMG]
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - good luck with your coop build.

    Best wishes

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