Hello everyone

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by EngineHogs, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. EngineHogs

    EngineHogs New Egg

    Jun 11, 2013
    We've been lurking here for a long time, but haven't actually taken part in any discussions as yet. My wife and I took the plunge into keeping chickens a few years ago and bought six birds from a semi-local feed store. Five of those made it, one went to freezer camp, and left us with four birds. Two black sex-links and two buff Orpingtons. About 18 months later we acquired four believed olive eggers from my wife's sister (barred rock x ee). Two were cockerels and we gave them away.

    Attrition has taken its toll on the flock; one of the sex-links died of unknown causes, and one of the oe's got sent to freezer camp for eating eggs. Since we both work full-time, we had to use a motion sensitive video camera to record the goings on in the nest boxes to catch the perpetrator in the act. It took longer than expected, but it solved the problem.

    We got almost no eggs all of last year, and we had no idea why, but suddenly this year the ladies have cranked it up again and we've been getting around 2 eggs a day from our four 3 and 4 year old birds. We know that their productivity should be declining, and so we took the dive into incubation this year.

    We ordered some hatching eggs from Papa's Poultry, started with 7 in our first set, took 4 into lock-down and hatched out4 beautiful babies this weekend - 1 crested cream Legbar, 1 blue laced red Wyandotte, and 2 jubilee Orpingtons. We have three more eggs about 4 days out in a second set, but it looks like one of those is a late-stage quitter.

    We'll be doing some minor modifications to the roosting situation inside the coop to accommodate a few more birds, but here's a few pictures for fun. New babies first, because babies.






    Last edited: Apr 18, 2016
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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

    Nice that you have started posting here! Many of us were lurkers, me included! I've loved looking at your pics, very nice and congratulations on your new chicks. They are beutful. Wishing you the very best of luck for the future.
    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  4. EngineHogs

    EngineHogs New Egg

    Jun 11, 2013
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. Good luck with your new chicks!

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - just type the name of your state in the search box.

    All the best
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Pretty chicks and a nice coop...life doesn't get much better than that!
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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