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So my wife and I along with our 6 year old daughter finally started some backyard chickens. I've wanted to do them for awhile and the wife finally agreed and wanted to do it as well. We are quite the animal lovers ourselves and even me having my dream job working for one of the best zoos in the world, the fresh eggs will also be a plus. We ended picking up a Summerhawk kit to have be our base. We also now happily own 4 speckled Sussex hens that are about 2 months now or so and also a buff orpington about the same age. They will all be free range in our chain linked 4' fenced in yard along with the option to go in our 12'x16' completely fenced in garden. Since the coop we have is a little on the small end especially for nesting boxes we plan on bumping into out shed which the coop sits up against, we have a pretty large shed and this shouldn't be much of a problem to do.

When we had got our chickens home and we're giving them a once over before placing them in the coop we noticed 3 were banded with some thicker gauged wire that was to tight around most their legs. Two weren't to bad to remove and you could see the pressure marks left behind but the leg and foot seemed to be okay. The one though was extremely bad, the ends had cut into the leg itself resulting in what appeared to be puss/blood from a possible infection beginning. Surprisingly the foot was still getting blood flow. We were able to remove the wire as least painfully as we could but it did bleed and revealed an open wound that we disinfected and will monitor to see how it heals.

Other than that crappy start with the wire bands, we are very much looking forward to having our chickens and beginning to work with them on training. Along those lines will also come introducing them and our two dogs to each other.

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Welcome to BYC :frow Those wire bands sound horrible! I'm glad they are o.k. now. Dogs… there are a few threads on introducing dogs and chickens and how to train your dogs on site, here are some:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/778988/training-a-dog-to-leave-chickens-alone/0_30

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/700017/how-to-train-your-dog-not-to-kill-chickens/0_30

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

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Hi and welcome to BYC - good job you saw the wire bands and acted promptly!

 

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads. 

 

 

 

All the best

CT

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Thanks for the couple links from both you. My dogs are pretty docile/timid but I'll be working with them to ensure no problems

i don't know why the picture of her leg didn't post but I'll try again. Poor girl.
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Welcome to BYC :frow Those wire bands sound horrible! I'm glad they are o.k. now. Dogs… there are a few threads on introducing dogs and chickens and how to train your dogs on site, here are some:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/778988/training-a-dog-to-leave-chickens-alone/0_30

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/700017/how-to-train-your-dog-not-to-kill-chickens/0_30

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Hi and welcome to BYC - good job you saw the wire bands and acted promptly!

 

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads. 

 

 

 

All the best

CT

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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 #6 of 8

:welcome

 

   Wow..hope that leg is healing by now?   Some good threads to look at have been posted.  Good Luck to you!

Wonderful family, very understanding husband when it comes to chickens, dogs, birds, one big Golden Retriever, and thankful to the Lord for all!
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Wonderful family, very understanding husband when it comes to chickens, dogs, birds, one big Golden Retriever, and thankful to the Lord for all!
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Leg is healing well and no signs of infection. Everybody got their first time out today in the garden and a wing trim.
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Poor baby, that looks painful. So glad you noticed.

When I groomed dogs -mainly poodles. I would often find someone(they always blamed a child) put a rubber band around the dogs neck. It dug into the flesh and caused nasty infections. Can't believe they never noticed the smell. They would generally smack the kid and that was that.

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