Hello from a new chicken fanatic in New Zealand

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by velmajr, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. velmajr

    velmajr New Egg

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    Hey everyone. I have consulted this forum a million times when looking for info on getting set up with chickens, and felt it was now time to become a member!

    I was originally going to get pullets, but our local breeder of heritage breeds kept selling out chicks, so I decided to get day-old chicks. And, I am ever glad I did! It's been so cool to raise the from that cute fluffy stage.

    My original intent was three hens, but to err on the side of a 50/50 chance of roosters, I was going to get 6 chicks. The lovely breeder threw in 2 for free, and wouldn't you known it - out of 8 chicks I got 7 hens!

    I have a rainbow flock: 2 gold laced wyandotte, 2 barred rock, 2 black orpington and 1 buff orpington. We are in the city (city by-law allows maximum of 6 - oops - close enough) and they have a beautiful coop with eaves and gable end that my hubby (a builder) made for them. They have a big run that is around 15m2 and free range for a couple hours every day. It's fall here so they have free reign of the vegetable garden (spring will be a different story!)

    My day job is managing a charitable trust to save the kiwi (bird) from extinction, so my life seems to be full of bird-related information these days!

    I am not home enough to have a dog, and not really a big fan of cats, so while the chickens were originally intended to be a source of free-range eggs, that has become secondary and they are now instead our pets primarily.

    To the point that it's taken us 3 weeks to eat the first egg from our flock. Crazy, but seemed too 'personal' after getting to know our chickens so well. Even my hubby, who is a gruff, practical farming type of guy, has gone a bit soft for our chickens.

    I do a lot of sport in my spare time - paddling, running, cycling. The only downside, compared to a dog, is that I can't take my chickens with me for a run!

    Huge thanks to everyone on this forum - it's been so enormously valuable for finding information, and it's interesting to read what everyone else has to contend with re their free-ranging flock and coyotes, hawks etc.




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    Here's a photo of (most of) my wee flock a couple months ago. One of the buff orpington ("Sid") was a rooster and has been re-homed with a breeder.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    What a beautiful flock you have!! Very excellent choice of breeds. So glad you joined us at Backyard chickens. [​IMG]
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad you have joined us. You have a great flock!

    Not sure if there is a Kiwi thread, but type NZ in the search box and see what pops up - l know that there a quite of few of you guys here at BYC.

    All the best
    CT
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. peastix

    peastix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi There another Auckland member here.Also with a flock of 7.Oops close enough ha ha.Enjoy your time here.lovely birds you have.Cheers Penny.
     
  6. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    Another kiwi! Hello and welcome, your chickens are good-looking. I'd love to see a photo of your coop, it you get around to posting one.
     
  7. peastix

    peastix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Thanks! Cute chicken house you have.Some photos of mine on my profile page.Cheers Penny.
     
  8. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    It's gorgeous. I now feel neglectful that I've done no interior design on my girl's house.... LOL
     
  9. peastix

    peastix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I may have gone a ''Little'' over the top Lol
     
  10. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    No way! It's fabulous.

    I'm getting a second house (my original girls didn't want to share their digs with newcomers). I'm going to use it for storage as well, after seeing what you've done.
     

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