Greetings from the very south of Europe!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Stiletto, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. Stiletto

    Stiletto Songster

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    I got my first three chickens in 2015 and have kept a little flock since then. It’s been quite a learning curve, with a high rate of perdition as well as unexpected additions.

    Right now I have five chickens:

    Coucou de Rennes
    Marans (Black Copper)
    Welsumer
    Australorp
    Araucana / mix

    We also have three handsome roosters who live in the dog run, apart from the chickens. (It is a huge run, with plenty of foliage, rocks and bushes.) Incidentally, I didn’t want any roosters, which is why I bought two more chickens in 2017: Bina, a Pita Pinta Asturiana and Gina, an Euskal Oiola. However, it transpired that Bina was actually a Bob, and we didn’t see a single egg from Gina until well after she emerged from her hiding place with a brood of 12 chicks. Athos, Porthos and Aramis are the remaining survivors.

    The primary reason for getting chickens was to have fresh organic eggs from contented chickens with ample space to forage. I also reckoned they would help keep the (wild) grass down and provide fertiliser. I have grown to really enjoy having them around, I find them such curious creatures to observe! Small feathery dinosaurs with continual noggin bobbing and the uncanny ability to keep their eyes and head all but motionless at one level, while the lower body moves up, down and around - that bit never gets old! Vigilant, efficient killers of little creatures yet vulnerable, easy prey to larger ones. Such contrasts! They have their individual preferences and personalities... plus they provide eggs! What’s not to love?!

    I enjoy photography and different art projects, as well as being in nature.

    My husband and I belong to a Bengal cat and three dogs: a Spanish Mastiff, a Beauceron and a mystery mix (who is responsible for a significant chunk of our chicken losses).

    I’ve been using BYC as a resource since I got my first chickens and thought it was about time to sign up for an account!
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2019
  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    :welcome
    Your flock sounds like a very wonderful bunch. And those breeds! :love :drool

    So sorry for the losses :hugs
     
  3. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Sorry one of your dogs is naughty and killed some of your chickens. Any of my three would slaughter my flock with glee.
    I would love to see some of the chicken photography you must have in your collection!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word!

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    So sorry for your losses. :hugsBut we are super glad you decided to join us! :)
     
  5. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    :yesss: :welcome :yesss:
    Miss Piggy Sue says, “Welcome to our eggcelent flock here at BYC!”

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  6. HennyPenny2019

    HennyPenny2019 Songster

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    Welcome to the flock, can’t wait to see pictures of your chickens.
     
  7. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Crossing the Road

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    Welcome! Glad you decided to join us :welcome Nice intro. Sorry you lost part of your flock.
     
  8. Perris

    Perris Songster

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  9. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join us! :welcome
     
  10. 007Sean

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    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Happy :ya to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC! Sorry to hear about your loss.

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
     

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