4-H to Family Flock (in Idaho)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bjbingham, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. bjbingham

    bjbingham Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2016
    We lived in Oregon for many years and the kids did sheep as their 4-H projects. We moved to Idaho last year to start a sheep ranch and what do the kids do for 4-H, sheep? Nope, chickens - go figure. The biggest factor in that is the ranch is 18 miles away and they couldn't get out to take care of their sheep everyday. Our leader volunteered her coop at her house for our project. And thus the adventures of chicken raising begins. We have 4 kids doing projects and so we needed a number of chickens (required by the 4-H extension). We started with 10 red rangers. A week later we added 10 buff orpingtons, 5 polish, and 15 jersey giants. We would have a few of the jerseys die along the way, but at 2 weeks I checked the chickens on morning and there was a carpet of dead chickens. All the jerseys and 4 of the polish were all gone. We had gotten those from one hatchery. We think it was something that came in from the hatchery. We had a couple orpingtons die within a few days of that but the rest faired well. We talked to many chicken specialists and ended up treating them for coccidiosis. Within a few days of treatment all the chicks perked up again and returned to their healthy state. During the tragic day we also found out that the orpingtons and the jerseys were not allowed to be shown for broilers even though we had got permission from one of the superintendents prior to purchasing. Unfortunately we had talked to the wrong superintendents and we found out that only rangers, rainbows and cornish were allowed for broilers at this fair.

    We needed to go back and start over for 3 of the 4 kids. We ordered 15 cornish cross and 10 exotics and now our numbers are growing. We went from just 4-H chickens to starting something I have wanted to do for a long time - raising a family flock. The orpingtons will be our main layers and the extra exotics and rangers will also be part of the flock. The extra cornish will find their way to our freezer. This has been a fun project with a few setbacks and frustrations. I am learning lots and look forward to much more learning. Our next trick is to find a permanent coop for our chickens after fair is over. We will eventually build a home out on the ranch that will have a barnyard, but until then we are looking for a temporary/permanent spot. Here is to a new life with chickens!!!! Excited to be part of this group as I have much learning to do. I will post some pictures of our chickens.[​IMG]






  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So sorry for your losses! Yes, Coccidiosis is a killer of chicks, even gets adults too. Oh, 4-H! I can't say enough! I was apart of 4-H growing up....we kept horses and chickens back then. Boy, did I have fun as a kid!

    Love your pictures...just adorable! :)

    We sure are glad you could join our community. Lots of learning and fun all together.

    So pull up a roost bar, ask any questions you may have and welcome to our flock! :)
  3. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Hey @bjbingham I am so happy you joined our roost at BYC! That is a shame you lost part of your flock from that disease :( On the bright side it looks like your flock is doing great in the photos. I always love to see young children with chickens it really changes their life for the better! We are just as excited to have a very awesome person as yourself! I am so happy you joined us! I would like to welcome you with open arms! Yes this site is very helpful for all chicken related things! I hope you enjoy BYC and make sure to post pictures of your flock and give us updates on how you are doing here https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/40/family-life-stories-pictures-updates I am happy you were able to follow your dream and get a flock of your own that is so nice! All the best of luck to you and your flock!
    Justin [​IMG]
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us and many thanks for the pics and sharing your story.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads. Our members are very friendly and helpful, so please feel free to ask any questions.

    All the best
  5. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    How fun! Chickens...more fun than sheep...my opinion. Sorry to all of the sheep lovers. [​IMG] Have to say though, those babies are fun to see in the spring. They act so cute too.

    Cute kids!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Love your photos, chickens and kids just go together so well. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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