Total Newbie in SE PA...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by psubren9, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. psubren9

    psubren9 New Egg

    Apr 25, 2011
    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

    I'm TOTALLY new... been thinking about it for a while... caved in over the weekend. Now.... to learn about keeping chickens. This is not to say I've never been around them... as a kid, our family kept 3 hens and a rooster in the garage for a year, before the neighbors finally talked my dad into a month's worth of chicken soup [​IMG] I was too young to remember much about them though...

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?

    Picked up 6 pulletts, 2 Red Comets, 2 Ameracaunas and 2 Tetra Tints. They're about 1.5 weeks old.

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    Oops... jumped the gun... see above.

    (4) How did you find out about

    Googling ideas for a coop... it appears I've struck gold!

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    I have a 5 year old and a 2 year old... THEY are the only hobby I have time for at the moment [​IMG]

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.

    Oops... jumped the gun again! Well, other than the 2 kids, I have a wife, a golden retriever, some parakeetes and an Angora rabbit. We live in West Chester, PA, in the western Phila suburbs on about 1.2 acres. We have fenced 1/2 acre where the coop will go.

    Other than the actual coop construction, I'm interested in finding out the best deterents for Hawks and Owls. We have both in the area. Also foxes... I kind of feel like I'm sticking a free candy buffet at a kids' party by putting a chicken flock in our yard!

    I'm not sure what type of hawk it is, but here are some photos:

    (Nix that.... I'm too new to post pics... I'll post them when it's allowed)

    Also... here's the owl that frequents our area. He particularly likes to stand on the window sill on my wife's side of the bed and hoot in the middle of the night. It's quite creepy [​IMG] (These photos were taken by a neighbor about a mile down the road, but if it's not the same bird... it's the same breed.)

    (Nix that.... I'm too new to post pics... I'll post them when it's allowed)

    And of course, what would an introduction be if I didn't post some photos of the chicks themselves... if it weren't for them, I wouldn't be on this board anyway!

    (Nix that.... I'm too new to post pics... I'll post them when it's allowed)
  2. KBlue

    KBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2011
    Katy, TX
    [​IMG] from Ohio [​IMG]

    Hurry up and post a few more times to get your numbers up. [​IMG] I think you need 10 to post pictures.

    As far as predators...make sure the run is closed in on top and have some wire buried in the ground a foot or two to discourage digging. If you want to free range the birds, you may need to supervise them. There is a Predator/Pests board here that will yield a lot of information for you too.
  3. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    [​IMG] Welcome, from Connecticut! That sounds like a spooky owl stalker. Owls and chickens are not friends. [​IMG]
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC, glad you decided to join us.
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  7. white01

    white01 Brady Brook Poultry

    May 11, 2010
    West Enfield,Maine
    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Maine
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama.
  9. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    [​IMG] from PA too [​IMG]
  10. Alexis

    Alexis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Welcome!! You've most definitely found the pot of gold for chicken keepers. Glad to have you on board.

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