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

    Apr 17, 2016
    Auckland, New Zealand
    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.

    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

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    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 Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    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
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. peastix

    peastix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2015
    Auckland New Zealand
    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

    Mar 15, 2015
    Auckland New Zealand
    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

    Mar 15, 2015
    Auckland New Zealand
    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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