Aussie-Chookmum

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While we're all waiting with keen anticipation for news of Bob's integration and others' health issues, I had a minute and thought I might give you a bit of personal background. I grew up and have lived my entire life in a suburban setting. I've always felt like I would be happier in a rural setting (or at least a small town) with some space and some animals, so when a job opportunity arose a few years ago, we moved to a smaller town. I'm still in a sub-divided neighborhood, but there is a different feel about it, so I've made some progress. Last year, April 13, to be exact, we took the plunge and got 3 baby chick from the farm store. My wife's boss, who has about 30 chickens, told us we had to get these specific chicks from this specific store. So we came home with 3 hybrid production chicks. As we were leaving the store, the guy asked us if 3 was really all we wanted, what with chicken math and all. We wondered what the term "chicken math" even meant (almost a year later, I am quite aware of what it means... don't get me started :gig) We quickly got attached to them, and them to us.

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We named them after the 3 female characters from a television program we watched as kids, Gilligan's Island. That would be Maryanne, Ginger, and Mrs. Howell.

Knowing basically nothing about how to keep chickens, we bought a prefab coop, enclosed off an 8' by 10' run area under our backyard deck, and connected them with a short tunnel.

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Surprisingly, this setup has worked much better than anticipated. They only use the prefab to sleep, so it fits 3 just fine.

Anyway, that's probably enough for now. Suffice it to say that we still have them, and we are still enjoying the experience. Although I do have to say that I'm envious of all you with your green grass and large spaces. We are definitely true backyard chicken keepers and our yard is small. Here's what the backyard looks like right now. keep in mind that the picket fence it 3 feet tall.

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Cheers to all!
So cute! 😍😍😍

Do you call Mrs Howell “Lovey” for short?
 

Aussie-Chookmum

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My son picked out the first name. He has named about half of our girls and I have named the other half. He announced “One of them has to be called Tegan!” (No idea why. He also named Lucy, Emily and Charlie). So I figured if we are going to have a Tegan then we have to have a Nyssa! And then if we get a third girl, what is her name going to be? Leela? Sarah-Jane? I know, River! (Anyone get the references?)
Of course! I grew up with Dr Who. Never really warmed to Nysa or Adric though...
 

BY Bob

Proprietor, Fluffy Butt Acres
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I Believe I am going to have to Deal with the Skunks

The smaller skunk returned on Friday night and again last night. It is Friday's developments that concern me so.

Watch as the skunk crosses to the fence line. I have done a blow-up of it when it reaches the fence line add it's tail pops up. I thought this very odd when I first saw the video.


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This is what the skunk was doing.

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It returned Saturday night and explored the other side of the run without digging.

What to do? I do not like this at all.
 

RoyalChick

Crowing
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My Coop
My Coop
I Believe I am going to have to Deal with the Skunks

The smaller skunk returned on Friday night and again last night. It is Friday's developments that concern me so.

Watch as the skunk crosses to the fence line. I have done a blow-up of it when it reaches the fence line add it's tail pops up. I thought this very odd when I first saw the video.


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This is what the skunk was doing.

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It returned Saturday night and explored the other side of the run without digging.

What to do? I do not like this at all.
Hot wire.
 
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