first-time chicken owner in Oregon

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by rbancroft, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. rbancroft

    rbancroft Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been interested in raising chickens for some time now. We have four Buff Orpington chicks that are 8 days old. Thanks to generous friends, we have a nice brooder set up for them and my children (ages 5 and 2) are loving our cute chicks! I'm hoping for a positive urban chicken experience.

    We've started building our chicken coop that will go in our backyard. I've been clearing out some blackberry bushes and English Ivy in the backyard, and I have a question about that. Will my hens need to have all of the pesky English Ivy out of my yard or will they know not to eat it? I've read that it can be poisonous to chickens, but I've also read that they know what plants to avoid. I live next to an apartment complex that has landscaped with quite a bit of the ivy and it grows under and through my fence into my yard. I can't stand the stuff.

    Looking forward to learning all I can about caring for our chickens.
     
  2. digginchicks

    digginchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Our girls dug up the Ivy (small amount) without eating it, as far as I can tell.

    They'll dig up the Blackberries too, if possible but it's one of their favorite berries to eat.

    Make yourself at home here and enjoy!!!


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  4. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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  7. emilyweck

    emilyweck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and greetings. I'm from Oregon, too and just put my first ever chickens in their coop today.

    Wish I could help you with the Ivy, but I'm new too and will learn right along with you.

    Enjoy this place, it's been a wealth of knowledge for me.
     
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