We're getting our chicks on Thursday!


5 Years
Mar 4, 2018
Northeast Ohio
Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, I'm 28, and live in the country outside of Columbus, OH (closest grocery is 25 min away and it's wonderful). We have two dogs, a cat, and some fish, but we decided to add to Australorps to our famiy so that our son (2) can start to learn where his food comes from, about how to care for a farm animal, and begin to teach him responsibility aside from just feeding the animals we currently have.
Thursday, we are going to Rural King to get two little Australorp chicks! I'm going to read more about keeping them those first 60 days, and we couldn't be more excited!
I look forward to chatting with you all, and learning from/ with you!
Hello Ashley & Welcome to BYC! :woot

The Australorp is one of my favorite breeds.
Egg-cellent layers and awesome, docile, friendly temperaments.
Best wishes to you, your family and your new flock! :jumpy

If you have any questions, feel free to post 'em!
I am not an expert here but there are many on here who are.

Here is another chicken resource site that I have found helpful:
Welcome aboard to BYC family gr8 people tons of information loads of fun enjoy shake your tail feathers
G’Day from down under Ashley :frow Welcome!

Very exciting! :clap

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.

I note you mention you are in the country outside of Columbus, OH but if you include your general location on your profile, this will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

BYC has a Learning Centre and also Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out. The below may be of particular interest to you at this stage:
Topic/Question of the week - Brooding and supplementing heat for chicks
Topic of the Week - Raising Chicks
Topic of the Week - Getting Started, Keeping Chickens
Topic of the Week - Keeping the Flock Safe from Predators

This is also an excellent article: How Much Room Do Chickens Need

At the risk of sounding like an enabler, I recommend you get at least 3 chicks. Sadly, we do lose chickens and chicks along the way and if you lose one, you will be left with one very lonely chicken or chick and have to find it a companion pronto, waive quarantine etc; been there, done that, got the T-shirt ;)

If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock when they arrive, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out :D

Best wishes and good luck!

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