Golddogsmoms Member Page

By GoldDogsMom · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Apr 20, 2012 · ·
  1. GoldDogsMom
    I am finally getting around to setting up my page!
    I am GoldDogsMom (also known as Leslie or the Crazy Chicken Lady!) and here are my kids...Kona, Maui and Leilani...
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    Then...What started out as a birthday present Spring of 2010 has turned into an obsession. My DH surprised me with 6 chicks and 3 ducklings and we were off!
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    We started growing up...became friends with the rest of the family...
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    Bought an Amish Coop and built a run...
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    Lost the ducks the first winter, predator?
    Got more ducklings this spring (2011)...
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    They were so tame, played with our friend's children, ate from your hand then...raccoon attack, I cried like a baby but I learned how to build a SECURE Duck House for next Spring.[​IMG]
    3 day later, a weasel got in the coop and killed 2 chickens ...learned how to SECURE a coop and run...[​IMG]
    So down to 4 chickens, time for more...
    I ordered 12 new girls from Ideal Poultry; 2 Speckled Sussexs, 2 Australorps, 2 Dark Brahmas, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 2 Americaunas (probably Easter Eggers) and 2 Rhode Island Reds! Was so excited when the post office called that they had arrived!
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    all happy and healthy...[​IMG]
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    so we needed another coop and run! Found a free 8x8 shed, did some modifications and attached a 10x16 run just in time, they were getting big!
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    it started like this...
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    added windows.. [​IMG] and painted...[​IMG]
    and ended up like this...
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    and inside...
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    and then saw someone had to put swings in their run, so...

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    and my DH still loves me in spite of my my craziness over chickens! [​IMG]
    So glad I found others here at BYC who think like me and I hope you've enjoyed my page!

    And Chicken Math prevails...just picked up 6 Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Americana Chicks, a Black Orp and an EE then 2 days later added 6 more EEs to the chick brooder! Pics to follow!

    Now waiting on 4 Rouen Ducklings arriving May 2!

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  1. GoldDogsMom
    Hi Neddie! Someone else on here had swings but...none of my birds have shown any interest in them! When we built the runs we laid chicken wire down first then built the runs on top and wrapped the wire up and around. I would not do this again-the wire ends up rusting under the sand and I end up pulling it up. I have never had anything dig under but I don't leave them in the runs overnight and I do a walkaround daily to check for signs of predators. Raccoons and weasels along with the hawks are my biggest concerns. If I could do it differently??? BIGGER BIGGER BIGGER! :) Thanks for you comments and let me know if you have any questions while you are getting set up!
  2. Neddie
    I love your set-up. And a free shed? - What luck! I got to your page by following your post on the "poop-board" thread. Do your girls like the swing? That's a cool idea. Do you have buried wire around your run to discourage things digging in? Here on the prairie, hawks are our biggest worry. I think you might actually have to have trees for racoons. My coop will be a mini version of your barn/shed and I want my run just like yours. What would be your number one "if I could do it differently....." Again, love your coop/run.

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