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Cape Cod Chicken Wrangler

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sharonlacouture, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. sharonlacouture

    sharonlacouture Out Of The Brooder

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    ... not really, but I thought that might get your attention. LOL

    My name is Sharon, I live on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
    We have a small[ish] 3/4 acre lot in town, we have a nice garden and raise a lot of our own produce, although we are limited to a shorter growing season because we live in new England.
    We have 5 Barred Plymouth Rock hens. I get 5 eggs a day. My girls are happy and healthy. We converted an old shed into a coop with 5 nesting boxes, a heated waterer, feeder and roost. They have a nice fenced yard and eat everything that is cleared from my garden, as well as scraps from produce that we use. They LOVE tomatoes! And spinach and kale!
    Our most common predators are raccoons. I have tree-d a few and scared them off, but they are persistent and usually return within a few days. We have to deal with mice, squirrels, chipmunks etc. who like to sneak in and feed on the chicken pellets. But we live in an area that is abundant with wildlife, so it is par for the course.
    Once in a while we spot a fox or coyote, but so far they haven't bothered the girls.

    I am interested in introducing a few guinea fowl to my yard. I hear they are very good at slug and tick control. I have an ongoing issue with slugs eating my squash plants and I do not like to use chemicals on my produce, so I am researching a natural approach to insect control.
    Any thoughts you'd like to share are most welcome.

    My partner John is a commercial shellfisherman [for 38 years now] while he is busy fishing and making a living, I am at home 'wrangling my chickens', tending my garden and I make gorgeous dichroic glass and sea glass jewelry. I am also a published author and have been considering writing a book on backyard gardening and small scale farming.

    Thank you for letting me join your group, I am happy to be here. : )

    ~Sharon
     
  2. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow neat introduction....Glad you joined us. Enjoy the site
     
  3. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Welcome to BYC, Sharon!
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
     
  5. Disco Hen

    Disco Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will love BYC!!!!!! So Welcome! [​IMG]
     
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  7. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi && Welcome!!!
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  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  9. omelette77

    omelette77 Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome to BYC from a fellow Cape Codder, Marstons Mills. We're just starting out, in the process of coop building as we speak. We have 9, 1 week old chicks, various breeds, and 5 Silkies which are about 4 weeks old. One of which is a rooster. He's pretty comical.

    Well, we're out the door to build a floor. Talk to you soon.

    Bob and Rose
     
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  10. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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