I have only started into chickens within the last year, but used this forum and MPC to learn what I needed when I unexpectedly ended up with 5 chickens who made their way back home. When I moved into my house I soon realized that the chickens who lived here found their way back, so I started feeding them and ultimately decided to keep them, then became interested in keeping more. I am now at 23 with 7 more coming in September.
I have 3 cats: Isabelle, a 16 year old rag doll, Cleopatra, a 9 year old long haired rescue, and Shere Khan, a 6 year old Bengal/Tabby mix, also a rescue. I also have 2 dogs, Toby a rottie/Aussie mix and Keira, a Blue Heeler/German Sheppard mix, both rescues, I'm obviously a rescue haven for animals, so when 5 helpless chickens wandered back I researched and rescued. Unfortunately a neighbor dog ate the brown and white leghorns but the Silver Phoenix, Red Sex Link and Amber Star survived and I added my flock of 12 and ended up with hatching eggs of which 4 hatched 2 RIR roos had to be rehomed and the Blue Orp and Black Ameraucana were added to the flock, more recently I ordered 10 chicks, only 3 of which survived getting lost in the mail and having their box thrashed along the way after which I promptly ran to the local feed store and added 3 EE's to provide a better transition when adding them to the flock, MPC is fulfilling the lost chicks later this year when available so my total count will be 30! I also have an exotic short hair on my list of animals to add to my lively household.
My 2 female cats are indoor and my mighty hunter goes between house and loft and my chickens have access to 2 pastures and of course the dogs have 2 pastures of their own, so far everyone seems to do well and all have adjusted to their new lives with ease.
I've had my cats the longest, obviously I've had Belle more than 1/2 of my life, Cleo, I rescued right after I got married 9 years ago and Shere Khan has had a home with me for 3 years now, Toby and Keira have been here almost a year as have the flock, I also randomly have neighbors mules and horses when they will be away. I'm actually a city girl who married a very, very country guy and ended up finally moving into the country just last year, which thrills him to no end, I won't lie my neighbors might think I'm a little crazy. I take Belle and Cleo for walks using small harnesses and leashes and i clean my coop by vacuuming the walls and ceiling monthly, I seem to be the only person I know who drags the Shop Vac out to the coop but hey, I have less dust, spiders, and cobwebs than anyone I know! Currently my chickens are housed in an 8x13 coop but in light of unexpected additions I am adding on this summer and naturally I love to decorate and have been collecting vintage farm things for the coop. I am always open to suggestions when it comes to my pets care and can't wait to see what I learn, especially about chickens as I'm newer to keeping them.
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