Hello, I just joined BYC. I have no chickens, but will build a coop and run this summer, and get 4 to 6 buff Orpingtons next spring.
I raised chickens as a teenager. I started with 20 Red Stars, * roosters became fryers, and I had 10 hens, and 2 roosters.
Buford was my favorite Rooster, he was attacked by a stray dog, and was bitten through the head as an adolescent. But I force fed him, and watered him with an eyedropper for weeks, and kept antibiotic salve on his wounds.....He survived. No one thought I would be able to save him, but I did. He lived a good long happy life.
As for the stray dog, (who was successful in killing a few others) Well, when we heard the commotion, my Dad let go our 7 Coonhounds, and our Doberman on him. The murdering dog ran, but I don't think he had a very good day.
Then the feed store was giving away 25 free Leghorn ( Legerns...lol) chicks, when you purchased a large bag of laying mash, unable to turn down anything free...My Father dumped 100 Leghorn chicks on me to care for. ( all roosters of course, they were free)
I was 15 years old, and the work was never ending...Ha Ha....I was always changing water as my Dad's philosophy was, " If I would not be willing to drink it myself, then it needs changed." I don't care to go there again, but I have missed raising chickens for decades
I'm very impressed with this website. There appears to be some VERY knowledgeable people on here.
I look forward to learning, and sharing more. I'll start putting up pics when I begin my coop.
Nice to meet you.