West Tennessee Thread - Page 12
I'm in the Munford/Brighton/GiltEdge area, Tipton County (North of Shelby County and Memphis). I'm still interested in this thread - anyone still out there?
I only have a rooster and two hens, one old and broody, one young and laying. The rooster, Mr. Butters, is too small for the hens, but this does not stop him from being very possessive and protective, in a nice non-violent way! I have to buy fertile eggs if I want them, and the last batch got eaten by a possum. :( I wonder if a nearby "neighbor" who owns Hillbilly Acres (and lots of chickens) is on this forum?
I have had LOTS of chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese in the past years - borrowed an incubator, raised lots of birds from eggs - and we've had momma hens with their own babies, wandering free-range around our couple of acres. This was all while we were still home-schooling, "for educational purposes and for eggs and meat," I told myself. Ha. We ate ONE turkey, processing it ourselves with the kids helping, and smoked it. A thirty-pound dog-food-eating turkey. All the other birds were PETS! (we did eat eggs, though). I'm sure we drove our nearest neighbors crazy.
I am the lady who told the story of the marauding owl that killed a lot of our birds without our knowing what was killing them, until my husband caught him in the act in the chicken pen, threw a flashlight at him and hit him, and he flew out and STOPPED marauding. Smart owl.
Since then, I have strung shiny aluminum wire overhead across our chicken yard, making several criss crosses, to deter hawks and owls. Seems to have worked. Got the idea from a wire strung across overhead at a pool at a condo in FL, which I was told deterred seagulls from flying down and using the pool.
The most wonderful thing I have seen from my backyard birds? A momma hen with a brood, attacking a hawk and RIDING him up into the air about ten feet, before dropping off and going back about her business of babysitting.
Edited by mamasimba - 11/11/15 at 5:17am
Hi HeritageHome. Welcome to Backyard Chickens. I'm in Paris, TN and fairly new here. But I subscribed to BYC while still in California knowing that someday I'd have chickens. Learned a LOT from all the helpful people on this forum; probably saved me from making a lot of mistakes. I found out that chickens are allowed within the city limits, just not roosters. So my someday came sooner than expected. The regulations online had not been updated so I was pleasantly surprised. I now have three Olive egger hens and see more in my future. I plan on using the Breeders List here on BYC when that that time comes.