Greets from the Great Napa Valley in Northern California.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jherwatt, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. jherwatt

    jherwatt Hatching

    Sep 16, 2016
    I started raising chickens 2.5 years getting a variety of chickens representing all the different egg colors I could find. For a year I had about 15 hens, ... I keeps in a LARGE green house that my Grandmother had built. She was a crazy lady and a survivalist and raised about 80% of her food. Having many raised beds, and the green house for growing crops in the winter ... Not having much of a green thumb I decided to turn the Green House into a HUGE chicken coop. The green house is about 30 feet wide and about 150 feet long, and these 15 chickens 'free range it's. In the back yard between the raised beds, I actually seeded a Chicken Foraging Mix I procured at ever night, at about an hour before Sunset I open Greanhouse and let all the Lady out for an hour to 90 minutes. I like to supervise their free ranging as we have hawks and all sorts of creditors, and my property backs up to a wilderness area on the south end of this.

    My girls are not only a source of eggs, they are also lets. I have trained them to come when called, and put themselves back into the greenhouse on command, though Sunset does a good job of rounding them until. Last winter I inherited my Mom's 10 hens and for my birthday I added 10 more hens to the flock, only on the day after to be great with CHIRPS from the green house. Speckles my Easter Egger rooster and my Easter Egger hen Hawk added 9 babies on their own. To this day, I have No Clue where this clutch of eggs was hidden. As I collect all the eggs daily, and the Green House is pretty much empty except a work table down the right side.

    Well that clutch of babies has ended up being the JOY OF MY LIFE. There was one little guy, Seal that had Scissor Beak, Which got worse and worse, and though I ground his food and did everything I could he eventually died, as I just couldn't get enough groceries into him, and switched to Tube feeding a little to late. But Seal touch me and several of my friends that helped him. He CONSTANTLY chirped his HAPPY SONG. HE would

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Wow! That is one big chicken house! Best of luck with your flock and enjoy BYC!
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    A warm welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. Gosh, that's gotta be one of the biggest coops I've heard of - you must have on heck of a happy flock!

    Best wishes
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad you decided to join us.

    IMO your grandmother was one really smart lady [​IMG] The greenhouse sounds perfect, would love to see your conversion project.
  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard chickens!! I hope you enjoy it and the camaraderie here and everybody that goes nuts over chickens (me being one of them....) Have fun! And ask questions! Check out our learning center! It has loads of helpful info!
  9. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Welcome, glad you are here!

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