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Hello from the great white north!

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Hey folks!

Our family has been homesteading in Saskatchewan since June, and as part of that crazy, whirlwind experience, we have acquired some lovely feathered friends to add to the mix.  Now there are my husband and I, our 5 and 7 year old boys, two cats, and our 11 chickens.

 

We first were given 8 hens from a friend of mine since they weren't integrating well with her new flock, but were still young, good layers (I think they are about 18 months or so now).  We took 8, and someone else took 5.  I am a little unclear as to the breed, but I think they may be a plymouth rock mixed with red rock?  In the past week, we took on the other 4 (one died) to bring our flock up to 12.  Unfortunately, Chicken Soup died this week (my 5 year old named her - can you tell?).  She never had laid any eggs, had a tiny pale comb, and kept to herself, so we weren't surprised to see that she didn't make it.  

 

Now we are at 11 hens.  They are super social!  They like to follow me around in the yard and keep me company.  However, they are a little nasty to each other sometimes, and there are a couple that could use some more feathers (not entirely due to molting, I'm sure).  Some days we get lots of eggs, but lately production has tanked, likely due to the colder weather (below freezing most days), and changes to their location/group dynamic, etc.  Now I'm happy if I get 4 or 5 eggs per day, but at least the new pecking order has been established and they seem quite content.  

 

I will try to post some pictures soon, but it supposed to be nice out here today, so I'd better get some work done outside first :D,

 

Nice to meet all of you wonderful knowledgeable people!  I have already learned so much from your posts, and I'm sure I will have many, MANY questions for you in the future!

post #2 of 8

Welcome to BYC from Wisconsin.  I don't wish to cause alarm, but anytime a bird dies it pays to be extra watchful of the rest.  Many poultry diseases are contagious and can spread quickly.

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Thanks for the heads-up!  The rest seem to be ok, but I will be sure to watch them - thanks!

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'll look forward to seeing your pics. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.

post #5 of 8

:welcome

 

It's not unusual to see a drop in egg production this time of year. Molting, fewer daylight hours, changes in the flock...those factors will contribute to the drop but they'll pick up again with their laying.

 

If you'd like to meet other members from Canada, you can find them here:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/144/canadians-check-in-here

 

Nice to have you here.

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Check out all 11 new mini contests!

BYC Mini Contests - Win a 2017 Calendar!!

Deadlines for all is Dec. 11, 2016

You can't win if you don't play!

 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/creative-crafting-with-eggshells

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Welcome to the BYC flock!  We are glad you joined us!

 

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Sassafras Grove Farm

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Black Double Laced, Blue Double Laced and Splash Barnevelders

Silver Double Laced Bantam Barnevelders

Silver, Charcoal, and Birchen Iowa Blues

Swedish Flower Hens

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Glad you joined Backyard chickens  and hope you will check out the Canadian thread  - you may very well find other chicken folks in your area.

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