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Thank you, chicken lovers, for sharing your chicken knowledge!  I'm now in my second year of raising chickens and I have spent so much time on this website so I figured I should finally join.  :)

 

My original 8 chicks from last spring: 2 pearl leghorn, 2 buff orpington, 2 barred rock, and 2 rhode island red.

I added, from a kind stranger/neighbor down the road, a young polish bantam rooster and his good friend a young bantam pullet.

Of these, I lost a leghorn and both barred rocks to predators. :(

 

This year I purchased 28 chicks.  Bless my husband, he didn't say a word. 

8 were Cornish Cross; I won't do those again.

4 Brown leghorn (lost one)

4 Araucana (because I promised one of my kids blue/green eggs when he was distraught over the loss of chickens)

4 black Jersey Giants, straight run (hoping for at least one roo)

2 Australorp

2 Brahma (lost one)

2 silver Wyandotte

2 black sex-link

 

A few days after I purchased this group, my bantam began setting on an egg.  So I slipped her two more eggs, and this April she hatched three--all have beautiful crests (mohawks?); the bantam's chick is black, another is coppery and black, and another brown and black; I think I got one each of the RIR and BO, but the color and pattern is so much like the rooster, I'm not sure whose genes were expressed. 

 

We butchered our cornish cross and the pearl leghorn, because she was a wily creature that laid most of her eggs where I couldn't get them; I can't afford freeloaders. 

 

My bantam is back on the nest and I hoping for somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 chicks.  I'm a bit more of "let nature take it's course" in my chicken raising and I have been trying not to "interfere" too much, so eggs keep flying into the nest.  lol  Between the other chickens and my young kids, we'll see how it goes.  But I LOVE my bantam and am so grateful to the people who gave her to us!  :)

 

So my flock currently stands at 4+2+18+3 (how I count them every night) = 27. 

I free range and am working on figuring out the best feed for what I want (organic, cracked corn, etc.?). 

I converted a big old shed for the coop and, except for moving the shed, have done all the work with my kids and my mom (can you tell I'm a mite proud?). 

 

Did I mention I have kids, and they eat like crazy, which is why I got into chicken keeping?

And then I fell in love with keeping chickens.  They are rather fascinating creatures.  :) 

 

Confession:  Last winter I could have sworn I counted them all in the coop, but when I went to open the door, one poor BO came shivering up and jumped in.  The temps were in the low teens, but fortunately there was a dry sheltered area right next to the coop where she must have spent the night.  Didn't seem the worse for wear, thank goodness!

 

Well, that's about it for me.  I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences; it's been very helpful.  I look forward to visiting with you more!  :)

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Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

Wow, sounds like you have a nice flock and set up! Congrats on the broody hatch. Momma and chicks sure are fun to watch!

 

Yes, it's always best to count heads at roosting time, but sometimes somebody slips our sights. I am glad to hear that cold hen survived! They are pretty hardy over all, especially BO's. Orps are very feathered up birds.

 

Thank you for sharing! You have definitely come to the right place for all the fun and chicken talk.

 

Please make yourself at home. Pull up a roost bar and join in on the conversation! We do welcome you to our flock! :-)

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join us here! What a great introduction, I've really enjoyed getting to know a little more about you and your flock big_smile.png
Good luck with your broody agian. I had one give it a whirl last year and it was the most fascinating thing to watch. Just how they know what to do is a marvellous thing of nature.

Wishing you the very best of luck with your flock in the future and enjoy BYC frow.gif
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Hello and welcome to our community - great that you have joined us. 

 

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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:welcome

 

 Nice meeting 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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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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Welcome to BYC :frow Glad you joined us!

 

“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.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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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.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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