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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 8rand0, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. 8rand0

    8rand0 Just Hatched

    Jan 18, 2017
    Hello all, glad to have joined the forum. A lil about me, I had never raised chickens before until last spring/summer. Went to a local feed/garden store. They had Turkeys and chickens. I had begun rabbits for a food crop about a year prior, so I grabbed 2 Turkey chicks. After about 4 days, they had got eaten by racoons. So I went back to the feed store, picked up 5 chickens. 3 Buff Orpington & 2 Silkies. Things were great for the first 4 months, then a family members dog broke into the coop, killed all of em. Finally found an add on Craigslist for 14 free chickens 6mos to a year. I went and ended up getting 7 in total (flyers in the trees got away). Got em home, grabbed $60 worth of lumber n hardware and built a 4'x5'x5' hen house with the old coop as the run. Everything was going good again, eggs were coming, then I had to move. I let the family member keep the chickens and hen house. Found out last month, that someone left it open and their dogs killed everything. I have resettled & reclaimed my $60 hen house. As of NYE, I now have 4 RIR Hybrid Hens I picked up from a local egg farmer for $10/ea & I picked up 6 4weekold chicks right before christmas. The chicks are now 2months, as of MLK day,. 2x Barred Plymouth Rock, 2x White Plymouth Rock & 2x Rhode Island Red. Long story short, I am an amateur at best, but **** its fun growing your own food.

    Btw: I also just got my first of 2 egg incubators yesterday and popped in 7 Silkie eggs. Read about that in the incubator section
  2. mustangrooster

    mustangrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello there and Welcome to BYC! So glad you have joined us! [​IMG]Here, we can talk about our feathered friends for hours on end without getting weird looks [​IMG] So please do make yourself at home!

    Sorry for all your losses of your birds!

    Best wishes

  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  4. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2016
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC -- so very glad you have joined us! It does sound like you have had a bit of a rough start in your poultry adventure, but each experience, even the losses, is a learning opportunity and it sounds like you have definitely upped your game in securing your birds and keeping them safe. Hopefully now that you have been able to reclaim your setup and restock your flock it'll be smooth sailing -- best of luck on your hatch!
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under 8rand0 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry to hear of your loss [​IMG]

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  7. BYC910

    BYC910 Flock Master Premium Member

    [​IMG] Tuff luck makes for determined poultry raisers . No eggs better and hatching can become an obsession. Good luck with you incubation. Don't be afraid to ask questions .
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Please check out the predator threads as well as coops section - so you can safeguard against predator attacks ( loose dogs are about 2nd. to raccoons in the # of kills). Silkies are one breed with just about no skills at avoiding predator attacks. Their combs & beards obscure their vision. Their wing feathers are not conducive to flying, and they are docile &
    small. Usually the first ones to be taken.
  9. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around the run.
  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Happy you joined our community! :)

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