Hello All

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Vinniethefish, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. Vinniethefish

    Vinniethefish Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2015
    Renton, Washington
    Hello Everyone,

    I've been a lurker for a good year and a half now and finally decided to join.

    I've had chickens as a youngster and into my early teens but took a break for a while. As space and time permits and I finally have my own house with some space I was able to have some hens again. Our ladies are used for egg production and hopefully if I figure it out i'd like to enter one or two in the State fair.

    I have a strange addiction to chickens as i think they are one of the most fascinating animals ever. They have a quirky personality and I think that is why I love them so much. I am learning about the heritage birds and find them all quite fascinating.

    Currently I have a 70 square foot coop and about 300 square feet of fenced up yard for the ladies to live in. I let them roam in the backyard which is about 1/4 acre every other day to free range and that keeps them pretty happy.

    Right now we have:

    Black Australorp
    Black Sex LInk
    Cuckoo Maran
    2 Road Island Reds

    2 Ameraucanas
    1 Jersey Giant

    At my dads house I have ( Which I believe will end up at my house):
    A brown lace wyndotte
    Giant Black Cochin

    All the ladies are happy and healthy at the moment. One was attacked by a racoon due to my major fail as an owner. I left the coop open one night and a raccoon got to the ladies. The raccoon mangled up the Black Australorps neck, but didn't kill her. I've been nursing her back to health inside the house and fingers crossed she is making a very nice recovery with cleanings and antibacterial ointment.

    Anyhow enough rambling, I put some videos up here and there of my chicks on youtube. Check them out if you'd like.

    I think this site is great and has great information, so please keep on clucking.

    Black Australorp:

    First 4 Chickens:

    Our Coop and Egg hunting:

  2. broilerTX

    broilerTX New Egg

    Mar 26, 2015
    ohh WOW same here I have been around chickens a long time! And that must be a huge coop[​IMG]
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  3. Vinniethefish

    Vinniethefish Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2015
    Renton, Washington
    The coop is a bit excessive. I wanted to make sure it was big enough for the ladies to move around inside when it rains and tall enough for me to walk in and clean everything up.

    Ill tell you a coop you can walk into definitely makes a difference for maintenance purposes.
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Nice flock! Hope your Australorp recovers without problems.
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  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Hello, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    Sounds like you have a nice flock!
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  7. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! What a lovely flock you have there and a great coop!! Wishing you the very best of luck with your Australorp hope you get her back to full health soon :fl

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
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  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join to our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. You have a nice mixed flock. Black Sex Links are my favorite. They are friendly and hardy egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids), and my BSLs have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per bird per year. I also love Black Australorps and am glad your BA hen survived the raccoon attack and is healing. :eek:) Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Chickens seem to have amazing recuperative powers - just keep an eye out for signs of infection and make sure flies don't get to her wounds. Maggots can cause more destruction than her initial injuries.
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  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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

    Very nice to meet you! Best of luck with your Australorp![​IMG]

    Enjoy your flock!
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