Getting back into chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MacTech, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. MacTech

    MacTech Chirping

    Hello from southern seacoastal Maine, I'm MacTech, and I've been out of the chicken keeping thing for over 30+ years

    Last May, I decided to go full hog into free range pastured backyard flocks, so I picked up my six re-entries into chckening ...

    3 Buff Orpingtons
    2 Partridge Plymouth Rocks
    And an Aurcana (in a tree... Sorry, couldn't resist ;))
    One of the PPR's was camera shy here...

    They're now hearty, strong New England birds, cold tolerant and rugged, but they still haven't laid any eggs, I want my fluorescent-orange yolked tasty eggs now, darn it!

    They look to be close to adult size, and are quite the entertaining bunch to watch, as they strut and waddle around the lawn and the short field grass, eating grass, bugs, worms, fallen fruits and berries, and anything they can get their beaks around....

    Their main job, aside from tasty egg production? Is to eliminate the stupid ticks we have, well, had, In abundance, before I got the chickens, I would get ticks crawling on my from a short walk across the lawn to get to my car, and that was a short path over mown lawn....

    Ever since the girls have been free ranging? Not a tick, none on the cats, none on my 3 year old rescue dog, Cooper (a Portugese Water Dog) the tick problem appears solved

    Oh and on Sunday, we got another chicken, from my sisters flock of free Rangers, he (or she, too early to tell) is a black Silkie/ partridge Cochin cross, mostly Silkie feathering, but with just enough flight feathers at the wing tips to allow short flights, when the wings are folded, the flight feathers are nearly impossible to see, it looks like a Silkie with a Mohawk
    My existing hens haven't accepted "Tribble" yet, but I'm sure they will, this one was hatched from my sisters flock, dad was the partridge Cochin, mom is the black silkie

    Dad was a jerk, drew blood, and had to be put down, but his feathers live on in fishing flies, my 9 year old niece, who "Pants" attacked a few times, loves making fishing flies from that mean little thing, she gets the best evil grin when she selects from the Pants feathers

    We're not sure if Tribble is a hen or a rooster, but if he's a roo, I hope he takes after Mom, personality-wise

    here's the Photobucket page
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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hope Tribble doesn't carry the "meanest " genes. Roosters can cause severe damage especially to children because they are closer to the ground. Welcome to Backyard Chickens, glad you joined the flock.
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    Welcome to BYC!

    Most of us find and join BYC as newcomers to raising chickens, but with your past experience you likely will be teaching us.
    Nice looking flock. And tick control is amazing. I know they eat bugs, their favorite treat. But didn't realize they would reduce tick issues that much!

    So glad you joined us.
  5. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Songster

    Nov 4, 2013
    Central Texas
    Welcome to BYC and welcome back to chicken keeping!
    Using Pants' feathers for fishing flies: creative and very funny! I love it. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.
  6. MacTech

    MacTech Chirping

    I did try to field dress Pants after dispatching him, but as he was a Bantam, he had less meat on him than a McNugget, but he does make nice flies...

    Just a couple I tied earlier
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You have a gorgeous flock!!

    Good luck with all your projects and welcome to our flock!
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Songster

    Nov 4, 2013
    Central Texas
    Those are beautiful ties.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Cute flock!

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