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post #1 of 14
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Good Morning -

     I have used BYC as a resource for a couple of years now - just decided to join this morning!  I have a flock of 2 chickens - I started with 2 - lost one (Raccoon)  - got two more so 3 chickens - one was a rooster and had to find him a new home - so two chickens - got two more - so 4 chickens - lost 2 (Hawk?)  - now back to 2.  I have a Plymouth Barred Rock from the original two and an  Ameraucana from the last two purchased.   I will probably get two more this spring.  4 is my Coop Limit! 

 

I love having them and at some point I do plan on expanding but for now..... 2 chickens  2 dogs and a fish constitutes the sum total of my menagerie.

 

I have posted a Question about my Ameraucana not laying (despite her 45 weeks of age) looking forward to some advice!

 

Thanks All!

 

ChickEChick

post #2 of 14

Welcome to BYC.

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

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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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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post #4 of 14
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. :o) There are a number of reasons hens stop laying: moulting; stress caused by a move, predators in the area, too many roosters over-breeding them, some major change in environment, etc.; cold weather; injury or illness; etc. Also, if you are free ranging it's possible that your hen is laying somewhere other than the nesting boxes. You might want to look around and see if you can find a hidden clutch of eggs somewhere. 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.  
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Thank you....  My girls do free range - but the yard is not huge and I have looked and looked for eggs with no luck.  BUT I one never knows.....

I'm hoping by posting something about her in a public forum - the spirit will move her to start laying.  :)

Seems I have read (perhaps here) that her breed can take a year to start laying, but of course I can't find that particular thread again....

Not the end of the world if she never lays and not even the end of her - she is awfully cute and sweet so I will keep her around.

post #6 of 14

:welcome

 

I'm sorry for your losses. Hopefully, you can get a couple more and end up with four.

 

It's nice to have you here!

 

P.S. And maybe your girl will see this and be publicly shamed into laying :gig

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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!

 

8th Annual BYC New Year Day Hatch-Along - Hosted by Ronott1

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post #7 of 14
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That is kind of what I was hoping! 😉
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Thank you....  My girls do free range - but the yard is not huge and I have looked and looked for eggs with no luck.  BUT I one never knows.....

I'm hoping by posting something about her in a public forum - the spirit will move her to start laying.  :)

Seems I have read (perhaps here) that her breed can take a year to start laying, but of course I can't find that particular thread again....

Not the end of the world if she never lays and not even the end of her - she is awfully cute and sweet so I will keep her around.


You're welcome. I hope she starts laying soon.

post #9 of 14

Welcome and hello. I am also new to this site although I've had chickens off and on my whole life. RIght now I've got 4 bantams left (just lost the first of this flock, an egg bound bantam yesterday), 6 White Leghorns, 6 Aracauna hens and 4 Araucana roosters. I would like  to trade breeding pairs of Araucana to anyone interested in exchange for Australorps, Orphington, Barred Plym Rock or Red Sex Link if anyone is interested.

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I agree. Amerecaunas tend to be broody and will surprise you with some chicks if you let them free range!  :)

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