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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ProjectChick, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. ProjectChick

    ProjectChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    We are located in the center of Iowa. I (actually my teenaged daughter) have just acquired 3 chicks by way of rescue. They were purchased at an auction and then left behind because they changed their mind.

    So, now we are committed and jumping in with both feet, as we tend to do.

    We have had the little ones for a few days now and we are planning the coop. I have learned a lot from this site already and I am sure I will be seeking more knowledge as time goes by.

    Thanks in advance for being patient with me and my questions, as we start our journey towards fresh eggs.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     
  3. ronmauldin

    ronmauldin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome from the Ocean State!
     
  4. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    :welcome
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Good luck with your chicks.
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congrats on the new chicks! How nice of you to take them home. :)

    Have you stopped by our learning center yet? Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping chickens including building the coop, raising the chicks and keep your adult flock happy, healthy and safe from predators...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Make yourself at home and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  9. ProjectChick

    ProjectChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for the welcomes!

    I have been browsing the articles. We are trying to figure out if we have hens or roosters and the breeds, probably a little soon to tell. They are just a week old today.

    We have decided to go with a pallet coop. I have read pro and cons. I have a good supplier that works for a food warehouse so I am confident they are safe. We are busy gathering supplies, craigslist has been very helpful for "Free and Curb" options. Just need to figure out the right size. Searching the forums have answered my questions so for.

    Thanks again!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Rule of thumb is 4 sg.feet per bird inside the coop and 10 sg.feet per bird in the outdoor run. Bigger is usually better - crowded birds, feather pick, bully and get into fights. Also most people end up getting addicted hard and fast, and want more birds.

    A cover on the run is a necessity if you have airborne predators - hawks, owls, falcons, etc.

    Chicken wire only keeps chickens IN, it doesn't keep predators OUT. It's best for security if you use 1/2" hardware cloth instead. Have good locks on your coop and run. Raccoons have opposable thumbs and can open any lock you can.

    BTW Welcome to BYC.
     

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