Hello from Australia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sidhe13, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. Sidhe13

    Sidhe13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2015
    Victoria, Australia
    Hi there! (or should I say "g'day?")

    I moved to Australia from NZ 6 years ago and have settled in the semi-desert region of Victoria. My partner of 3 years has had chickens all his life (he is a farm lad) and we have eagerly added to the remnants of the family flock over time.

    We bought our first home on a full acre block just last year and sadly lost all of our hens due to old age and heat. All we had left was our rooster. We have since bought 2 Australorp pullets and 2 Isa Brown pullets who are now laying, and a friend gave us a box of 6 Silkie chicks which possibly contains 2 roosters (They are about 4 months old now).

    The 2 Isa Browns came from a battery breeding operation and the conditions made me cry. Although they are still wary of being grabbed, they follow me around constantly and bustle around my feet. They can be a bit nasty and peck at the Silkies and the cats though.

    The 2 Australorps are more independent. They will follow me around if they think I have something for them, but otherwise they mostly follow the rooster around. They are often found as far from the coop as possible, with the Isa Browns, and luckily will come when called! An open gate is an invitation for run for the empty neighbouring blocks!

    The 6 Silkies are a skittish bunch of morons! They run into fences and trees a lot and are never happy to be anywhere near me! The rooster has done an awesome job of protecting them from the hens after they were all put in together. They mainly mill around in a cluster by themselves near the coop. My partner is surprised they have all survived!

    Our rooster is a funny fellow. He has developed spurs in the last year, but has yet to use them. He got into the habit of coming inside to eat the cat biscuits and likes to lead the hens in if I forget to shut the screen! He doesn't mind the cats, as long as they don't cause trouble...he is protective of his flock, but is a coward when it comes to facing off with a human. He has split my lip with a single wingbeat and I can't lift him by myself...he is a big boy! He is not even a little bit affectionate or friendly and will run if you approach him, but he loves and cares for his girls and the adopted babies! For that, I love him!

    Other than the flock I have 3 cats (who all have a deep respect and wariness of my chooks). We are looking to add to the 3 budgies, 3 hermit crabs and dozens of fish that complete our menagerie once the aviary is built and tanks are upgraded. We also want to get some reptiles...we have an acre to fill, after all! I also want a goat...my partner needs further convincing...

    We survived a massive tick infestation (apparently we don't get ticks in this area), the scorching heat of high summer, and the haste and time-consuming harvest last year! This year I want to move and expand the chook run, add some fodder areas, and maybe look at brooding.

    I should add that my chooks are fairly free range. They lay in 3 different spots, have a whole half acre to range, (minus my herb garden, which they get growled at if they dig there), with overgrown trees, bushes, and leaf litter. They have a "pen" which they frequently escape from, and a dirt floor coop/cage/shed which contains a roost, food, and water, which they can be securely locked in at night. They happily put themselves to bed in here, although my silkies still refuse to perch, instead snuggling up together on the floor under the nesting boxes.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2015
  2. 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.

    Lovely descriptions of your flock! They sound like they have quite the personalities! Chickens are sure fun to raise!
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock! Loved the into… the Silkies, have you trimmed the feathers around their faces a bit, so they can see better? That may help them figure themselves and their surroundings out [​IMG] Enjoy the site!
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  4. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC!
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you decided to join us.
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I agree with Sumi here, if you trim the feathers out of their eyes the may become less skittish. If they can't see, they can't eat or drink properly. I know of someone that had a Silkie wander right into a pond and drown because she couldn't see properly. So it is best to keep the feathers trimmed out of the eyes. This is no doubt contributing their nervousness around you.

    Enjoy your babies and welcome to our flock!
  7. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined.

    You seem to have a lovely, varied flock! Good luck with them.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    It sounds like you have a nice flock! Good luck with your chickens!

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