Chicken Kindergarten!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by louisebarnhill, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. louisebarnhill

    louisebarnhill In the Brooder

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    I'ma new chicken owner...3 Goolden Laced Wyandottes, 1 Americana and 1 Barred rock. 8-week old pullets. 1 week under my belt...I have read WAY TOO MUCH and now I am scared to death of raccoons biting their heads off, owls grabbing them up and egg bound peritonitis!
    They have a very roomy coup in an enclosed run that is movable to new ground easily....at night I secure them in the hen house in case something gets in the pen...It has a shade top and zero openings. I have them for egg laying and have studied extensively but everyone seems to think I will lose one here and there...no big deal. But it is a huge deal....I'm just nervous...and checking them every 20 min! Is this normal...
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    Normal and you should be scared to death of raccoons and all the other predators.
    Locking them in the building from dusk to dawn helps. Everything likes the taste of chicken.
    :welcome
     
  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Quail Hatch TBD

    :welcome
    :yesss: We are glad you joined this flock!
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.
    Don't over think things and make them harder than they need to be.
    ;) Practice biosecurity and you should be just fine.
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  4. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms

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    :welcome You'll love being here! :love
     
  5. kwhites634

    kwhites634 Slow hands & an easy touch

    Don't worry about it. If you were normal you wouldn't own chickens to begin with :gig
     
  6. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    Hello and :welcome I don’t think you can ever read to much :gig there’s always something new to learn here! Never underestimate predators. I’ve never had a loss but you should see my coop and run... electric fence EVERYWHERE :lau I obsess about it too but you can’t be too careful.
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    And you don't have the plethora of predators we have here. In about 40+ years of chicken keeping and free ranging anywhere from 10 to 100+ birds, I'm sure predators from mink, to weasels, to raccoons, to opossums, to coyotes, to foxes, to hawks, to feral cats, to neighbors' dogs, to stray dogs, I've easily lost $5000 worth of chickens. The predators never cease to amaze me at their ingenuity, persistence and ability to squeeze into such tight spaces or even pull the siding off of buildings.
    Luckily bears, mountain lions and bobcats are slightly farther from the metro area and haven't found my place - yet. Bobcats have been sighted in the burbs though - and mountain lions have been caught on game cams locally.
     
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  8. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    Gosh yes, we only really have foxes here (although loads of them and at all times of day and night) and few birds of prey but I’ve never seen them around here. We are fortunate.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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