Aloha from the Big Island, Hawaii

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Barbara Kolohe, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. Barbara Kolohe

    Barbara Kolohe Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all. I ran across this forum today while searching for some information. My parents had chickens when I was very young (9 or 10) in Illinois. I think the most we had at one time was 15? About a year and a half ago my husband and I decided to give it a try out here. I have 3 boys who all love eggs so it seemed common sense. It's much more fun than I remember. Then again, I'm not having to trudge through 4 acres of snow with hot water anymore either [​IMG]
    I thought we were doing pretty good but since I have been reading some here, there are some things I am missing and would love to learn. We have Black stars, Ameraucanas (I probably spelled that wrong, they are "easter egg" chickens that lay blue and green), Rhode Island Reds, Cuckoo Marans, Buff Orpingtons, and just got some Leghorn chicks. Odd mix I know, but we wanted to see what worked out best for us. Mostly we wanted loads of eggs, lol. All my chickens are free rangers, except the little guys, too worried about mongoose and the hawks that circle to let them wander yet.
    Anyhoo, my BRILLIANT (cough) friend had a wild turkey nesting in her yard. When the eggs hatched she decided to take the babies, then decided it was way to much work and called me. So now I also have 7 turkey babies. In her defense, she was worried her dog was going to eat them. But they would probably still be better off with mom since I didnt know a thing about turkeys. Now I find out that my chickens can pass some nasty diseases to the turkeys thru worms? I didn't even know chickens had worms. Since we started I have only had one chicken die and that was thanks to a neighbors dog.
    Anyway, Im here to learn. And if anyone knows any more about this chicken turkey thing, please give me a heads up. This place seems great!
    Aloha!
     
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't forget to give those baby turkey poults higher protein food. They need it for bone development.
     
  3. Barbara Kolohe

    Barbara Kolohe Out Of The Brooder

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    High protein? I have them on chicken starter, because that's all i have handy. The dinky little feed store that is close to me (by close I mean a one hour drive) didn't have any turkey specific food. Will the chicken starter work or can I substitute anything? Won't be going to the good feed store until next weekend. It's a 3 hour drive from here. Mahalo for any advice you can give me Paddock.
     
  4. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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  5. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    [​IMG] From a very soggy Western Washington State. What side of the Island are you on?
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  7. Barbara Kolohe

    Barbara Kolohe Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm east side, rainy rainy rainy! Of course I dont live in the city, I live in the rainforest. LOL. It just makes me laugh when they say Washington has the most rain in the US.
    Have you ever been to Hawaii?
     
  8. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Kansas
     
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    One day I would love to go to Hawaii but it has gotten too commercialism. I would love to go to visit the less frequented places!
     
  10. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    Quote:Yes I have been to the Islands a number of times. I love the Big Island. I am fairly sure that I could live happily for the rest of my life in the Parker Ranch area, or just about anywhere on the North end of the Island.
     

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