Corner Post Acres

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cornerpostacres, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. cornerpostacres

    cornerpostacres In the Brooder

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    My daughter and I began our chicken adventure on April 19th this year. New to the chicken business, we started from scratch. [​IMG] A friend of my Dad generously donated a hen and twelve 10 day old biddies. I had mentioned to my Dad that we were considering getting into the chicken business. Thanks, Dr. Bo!

    We converted an old, unused k9 kennel for our coop. Ma Hen did a good job with her babies. A neighbor friend donated a rooster. Welcome to the coop, Mister. All is well at casa de pollo. Ma Hen hatched 9 more babies!

    Tragedy struck, predator of some sort wiped out the whole bunch with the exception of Ma Hen, Mister, three hens and one roo from the original bunch. Broken-hearted, I am reconsidering the whole free-range idea! Devastated [​IMG]

    Ma Hen laid her first egg today since the last hatchlings! Yay! We shall overcome. [​IMG]
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas cornerpostacres, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Sorry about the rough luck with your first flock! Glad you are doing well with the others! Best wishes to you!
     
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  3. Welcome to BYC. Boy, that is tough. Free ranging is always a bit of a gamble. You may consider getting a flock guardian dog. I am looking into the same. I am leaning towards a Bernese Mountain dog or a Anatolian Shepherd dog. They are brave and strong flock dogs with calm demeanor but do not have the "drive" to herd like a Collie or Australian shepherd. Also, they are very cold hardy which would be nice here in the cold Wisconsin winters. Good luck to you.
     
  4. cornerpostacres

    cornerpostacres In the Brooder

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    Thanks Kernel, my husband is actually thinking of getting a German Sheppard for the yard. Isnt there some specific training for a fgd though? We have a Chijuaja...guess he's not tough enough! lol
     
  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Sorry to hear about your losses :(
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    welcome to BYC now that the predator knows that chickens are easy to get, he and his friends will be back for more.
     
  8. Whittni

    Whittni Crowing

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    Sorry for the loss. but..
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    and you'll have ups and downs but it'll be alright!
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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