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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Marijke2389, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. Marijke2389

    Marijke2389 Just Hatched

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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Hi All,[/FONT]
    I'm no stranger to chickens. I grew up on a hobby farm in east-coast Canada where we had 10 layers (not sure on the breed, but they were brown/red) and 20 broilers (white) along with every other tradition farm animal, except ducks.
    My husband and I moved to Portland, OR for work and have a decent-sized yard so thought we'd give chickens a try (neither of us are really "cat" or "dog" people).
    Last summer, we got 3 chicks- a Rhode Island Red, a Buff Orpington, & a Silver-laced Wyandotte so I lurked here a lot for tips on raising chicks. Sadly, 2 of the girls (the RIR & Orpington) were recently killed by a predator and our Wyandotte is the lone survivor.
    Our other shared hobby is vegetable gardening, and our baby son also gets a lot of loving.
    Glad to be here! [​IMG]
     
  2. SA Farm

    SA Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. guesswhokatysue

    guesswhokatysue Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome! Sorry to hear about your girls falling to a predator! Hopefully you can figure out what is doing it and put a stop to it. We live near the woods, and planning our coop has been much tougher than I imagined, trying to come up with the types of predators and then how to keep them out. I know I spend a lot of time on the coops page to see how people are keeping predators out. But, like the lady at our feed store said, you wont know what you have until you have the problem.

    Regardless, welcome to the forum, it's been a HUGE help to me so far [​IMG]
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  5. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the site!
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  7. Marijke2389

    Marijke2389 Just Hatched

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    Thanks for the welcome!
    As for our hens, It was my fault for not checking the latch on the run door. I feel so guilty about that!
    I'm not 100% sure what killed them. My neighbour, who has 7 hens, says it was a raccoon, but I'm not convinced. There was a trail of feathers all the way from the coop through the run and all the way to the backyard where one bird was discovered (most of the carcass- head, wings, feet, ribs & entrails remained near a big pile of feathers) and the other was across the yard- no trail of feathers- with head, wings & feet remaining.
    I was under the impression that racoons go straight for heads & crops, so I thought maybe a fox(es), except my neighbour says there aren't any around here. He's lived here much longer than I, so he must know.
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased to have you in our flock!! Good luck and best wishes!
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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