Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SunnyDayFarm, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. SunnyDayFarm

    SunnyDayFarm Just Hatched

    Dec 10, 2016
    Norfolk, Virginia
    We are planning on getting chickens this spring. My sister has had chickens and we helped “babysit” them from time to time. Norfolk will allow up to 6 chickens and we are considering Ameraucana/Easter Egg (for the egg color) and Rhode Island Reds (my sister had these and we loved them). Both breeds live well in this area – We were concerned about our hot and humid summers.

    I learned about through my sister and have been reading posts for two months. I am really interested in gardening and am planning a coop with a green/living. So I have gotten lots of good ideas from BYC already – Thanks!

    I am from PA and my wife is from CA. We met at school and have lived in Pennsylvania, Israel, and northern Alaska before we moved to Norfolk, VA. We have 2 children, a cat, a bird, a goldfish pond, and 2 bee hives. Our plan is to build the run around the bee hives to take advantage of the chickens eating the beetles and moths that plague bee hives in this area.

    I am a high school special education teacher and my wife works at the Norfolk Zoo. We are involved in our civic league, church activities, and our kid’s school activities.
  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2016
    Welcome to BYC! Fill free to hang around the Gardening section on BYC lots of helpful people there.My Easter eggers do fine in the summer and lay beautiful eggs.You probaly wont get Ameraucanas they are very rare.Most stores will label Easter eggers under Ameraucanas.Hope you have a wonderful time here[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2017
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  4. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2016
    Regarding your concern about hot/humid climates the RIR will do just fine but if you supply enough cool water and places where they can get under shade, even the EEs should be okay. There are many tips and tricks you can use on hot days such as letting them eat some frozen vegetables like peas so that it cools them as the nibble or putting bottles of ice into their water dishes so that it keeps them cool for longer times. Water is key to getting them through the hot days so if you plan ahead for what you are going to do in order to keep them cool then you will succeed with chickens. Best wishes.
  5. SunnyDayFarm

    SunnyDayFarm Just Hatched

    Dec 10, 2016
    Norfolk, Virginia
    Thanks, everyone, we appreciate the welcome. I hadn't thought about the BYC-VA group, that will be great info.
  6. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under SunnyDayFarm [​IMG] Welcome!

    Thank you for the great introduction.

    As you have already received some good links and advice, I will just add that I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  9. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Overrun With Chickens


    Great to have you

    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
  10. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    It's nice to have you here!

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