Aussie Chicken keeper

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Flashfire, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Flashfire

    Flashfire New Egg

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    Hello,

    I have been keeping chickens for a couple of years now, I started out by buying a 5 acre property and before I knew it I had a friend, ask me to take on her 4 suburban chickens because she couldn't keep them anymore. At first they were alien creatures, I had cats and dogs but never had chickens before. So I just let them free range, fed them and collected their eggs. Then a friend asked me to take on a couple of chicks that were part of a school experiment. So like a sucker I took on the two chicks, which turned out to be two roosters. So you put roosters with chickens and what do you get. Broody bloody hens, I have been through one nesting and just left it all up to the chicken. She hatched 4 chicks, so they were added to the flock,

    In the meantime I had lost a couple of the original chickens, one went bush and never came back, the other just fell off the perch and died. I bought a couple of Isabrowns, foxes got them, I bought a couple of leghorns, eagle got one and the local labrador got the other. I had to get rid of one of the roosters because he got very aggressive. Once he went the other rooster calmed down, although he got taken by a fox later on.

    But now I have a flock of 6 and one rooster and my broody just hatched one chick out of 5 eggs, the other three died (I think the chicken ate one) and one egg has not started to hatch yet.

    While I was watching the hatchling struggling to get out of its shell, I realised that I still don't know a great deal about chickens so its time to learn.

    So here I am.

    :)

    Lee
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings, Lee, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community. Sorry you've had some hard luck with predators! Better luck with future birds!!
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Sorry to hear that you've had a rough start. But congrats on your just hatched chick and good luck [​IMG]
     
  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Sorry to hear about your bad start. Hope things go well for you now.
     
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California!
     
  8. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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    :welcome
     
  9. Flashfire

    Flashfire New Egg

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    Thanks for the welcomes. I have been reading lots of stuff on your website, its all a bit overwhelming. I am sure that I will get it. Had a look at my hatchling this morning and she is cheeping and huddled under her mumma, the other egg has not started to crack yet, but I will give it another couple of days. Sad about the other 3 eggs, but I think it was the
    other hens trying to lay in the nest with her and they trampled the eggs.



    Regards Lee

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  10. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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    Which part of oz are you from there are quite a few of us aussies on the site.
     

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