Birdie Mama in Training

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Simply Quackers, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. Simply Quackers

    Simply Quackers Out Of The Brooder

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    We have helped several friends and when I was a kid my grandma had guinea hens and chickens, so when we decided that we are moving out of the city, I decided that I want to have a small "farm". We are already used to planting a pretty big garden and we inherited a few other animals that had been abandoned on the property, so we already had a start. Now, almost a month later we have 42 baby chickens, assorted breeds, 4 baby ducks, 1 goat, 2 one year-ish old hens and 2 dogs. Since all of the chicks are almost fully feathered, we moved them to the outside coop this week. They absolutely love being able to run and "fly" around in the run and really like the bigger area of the coop. The ducks still live in the house as they have yet to feather and I believe one has wry neck. Right now we just have what I consider to be a throw together small coop and we will be building a bigger better one later this spring with a bigger run so they will be considered a controlled free-range I suppose. We are planning on getting more chicks as these ones grow so that we will have varying age groups as we plan to butcher some along the way to stock the freezer. I am very, pleasantly, surprised that we have not lost any chicks and the duck with wry neck seems to be the only issue.
    Tips for a beginner are always welcome here!
     
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  2. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    It sounds like you have a nice sized flock of birds, congrats on not losing any of them.

    If you would like some advice about the duck with wry neck, you can post over on the duck forum to see what advice they can tell you:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    Best of luck with your farm and thanks for joining us!
     
  3. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello, and welcome to our wonderful forum! I am so glad you joined Backyard Chickens, I hope you will make yourself at home here and enjoy it as much as I have! frow.gif

    ~Cuz
     
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Simply Quackers [​IMG] Welcome!

    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.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Simply Quackers, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! As you have already received some great links and advice, I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Hope your duck will recover fully. [​IMG]
     

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