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I am a newbie to BYC! Super excited! I had a few black sex link hens I purchased as 6 month olds from a local lady. I had them several years until a few months ago. I went inside to answer the phone, they were in the front yard free ranging, and ten minutes later I came back out to see a mass of feathers everywhere and no sign of my girls! sad.png I never even heard a sound. My kids (3 year old twins) were devastated. They could feed both of them out of their hands.
So, I am embarking on raising chicks. I ordered barred rock, buff orpingtons, speckled sussex and silver laced wyandottes from McMurray, as well as some red ranger broilers. After a bout with cancer I have become more dependent on what I grow in my garden and want to raise my own food as much as possible. I also ordered some silver appleyard ducklings too. We live on 15 acres and am developing an orchard and expanding my garden beds. It will be a busy busy spring lol.
I am going to invest in a few chicken tractors so they can range protected as well as a stationary coop to deep litter for garden compost. I have been reading tons from this site..what a blessing all you experienced flocksters are! We can't wait for our little chickees and this new adventure!
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I am a newbie to BYC! Super excited! I had a few black sex link hens I purchased as 6 month olds from a local lady. I had them several years until a few months ago. I went inside to answer the phone, they were in the front yard free ranging, and ten minutes later I came back out to see a mass of feathers everywhere and no sign of my girls! sad.png I never even heard a sound. My kids (3 year old twins) were devastated. They could feed both of them out of their hands.
So, I am embarking on raising chicks. I ordered barred rock, buff orpingtons, speckled sussex and silver laced wyandottes from McMurray, as well as some red ranger broilers. After a bout with cancer I have become more dependent on what I grow in my garden and want to raise my own food as much as possible. I also ordered some silver appleyard ducklings too. We live on 15 acres and am developing an orchard and expanding my garden beds. It will be a busy busy spring lol.
I am going to invest in a few chicken tractors so they can range protected as well as a stationary coop to deep litter for garden compost. I have been reading tons from this site..what a blessing all you experienced flocksters are! We can't wait for our little chickees and this new adventure!

:welcome  and the FLORIDA!!!!!ALWAYS SUNNY SIDE UP!!!  members page and The Florida Thread

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UPCOMING FLORIDA Swaps/Sales/Shows/Events - Georgia Too
Click Here --->  FLORIDA!!!!!ALWAYS SUNNY SIDE UP!!!  (BYC Florida Members Page)
Pure Single Comb & Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds, Rose Comb Rhode Island Whites & Leghorns.

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Central Florida Poultry Breeders Association. NPIP Certified Participant

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HEY LOOK!!!
UPCOMING FLORIDA Swaps/Sales/Shows/Events - Georgia Too
Click Here --->  FLORIDA!!!!!ALWAYS SUNNY SIDE UP!!!  (BYC Florida Members Page)
Pure Single Comb & Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds, Rose Comb Rhode Island Whites & Leghorns.

Member of the American Poultry Association, the Rhode Island Red Club of America, &

Central Florida Poultry Breeders Association. NPIP Certified Participant

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:welcome

HALLOWEEN Hatch-a-Long 2016

Incubating w/Friends Thread  & NOTES section click HERE  

 

 

Poultry: Icelandic Chicken Flock, and Guineas

Dogs: 3 Icelandic Sheepdogs and a Schipperkee

Goats: A small, fun herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats

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HALLOWEEN Hatch-a-Long 2016

Incubating w/Friends Thread  & NOTES section click HERE  

 

 

Poultry: Icelandic Chicken Flock, and Guineas

Dogs: 3 Icelandic Sheepdogs and a Schipperkee

Goats: A small, fun herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats

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Hi and welcome to BYC.

 

Joining your state thread will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area, which can be helpful (just type the name of your state in the search box).
 
All the best
CT
Nairobi, Kenya
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You may want to check out the predator threads for ways to prevent some attacks and how to fortify against others.  So sorry for your loss.  :welcome

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:welcome

 

Always room for another Floridian here, glad you could join us!

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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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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Thank you for the tip!  I will definitely check it out!

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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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