Hello from Cape Cod!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Trevi70, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Trevi70

    Trevi70 Out Of The Brooder

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    My name is Kristy and I live in Plymouth MA in a historic house that the state owns. The house is part of a state park called The Ellisville Harbor State Park. Once a thriving (6000 chickens!) poultry farm, it's now 101 acres of trails, marsh, beach and woods. It's BEAUTIFUL and we love it.
    We have 3 dogs (a mastiff/lab, greyhound/lab and MinPin), 3 cats (soon to be MORE... again!) 6 chickens, 2 turtles and a "partridge in a pear tree..."
    Seriously- we DO have a pear tree!
    Anyway, we have a LOT of land to tame into some semblance of a yard so we just have a small coop right now. Eventually we'll have a decent sized coop I inherited from my father but for now I'm lucky if I can handle 6. I hounded and hounded my husband to build me a chicken coop but there is SO much to do around here that it was low on his "list" so I found someone down the Cape who built me one for short money. Then I bought all the stuff to make the pen but it's very flimsy. I feel like I need to be outside at all times because I just don't feel the chickens are safe in that pen. I did find someone who was giving away an old dog kennel so that'll be perfect but I won't get it for 2 or 3 weeks! Until then.... eek!

    So I'm struggling with 3 dogs who want to "play" with the chickens, amazed the 3 cats could care less and dumbfounded that my youngest son (14 yrs old) seems to be a natural born chicken-whisperer!! I haven't even had them 24 hrs and I've already had 4 eggs!

    Does anyone know if I should leave the eggs in the coop or put stone or wooden ones in there? Someone told me they'll stop laying if they think there's a predator (which they will if you take the eggs all the time). Also, can you leave them out or do they have to be refrigerated like store bought eggs?

    Thank everyone and I'm GLAD I found you!!

    Kristy
    www.harlowfarmhouse.com
     
  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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  3. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    [​IMG] im sitting up the cape right now was we speak [​IMG]
     
  4. Doodle_Doo

    Doodle_Doo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't have all your answers, but YES on the fridge if you are eating them. Hatching is another answer, I am sure, but there's a whole section here on that!
    You are meant to leave a dummy egg for a broody bird, but again, out of my area of expertise! (but I don't think it causes a problem to take all of the eggs)

    Welcome to BYC from Virginia!
     
  6. Trevi70

    Trevi70 Out Of The Brooder

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    Enjoy the Cape usschicago1! It's going to be beautiful this weekend!

    Thanks everyone, for your welcomes and your advice!
     
  7. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Removing the eggs regularly does not make your girls stop laying. A dummy egg (wood, stone, plaster, plastic) is used for broodies, or to remind hens where they should be laying, or to discourage egg eating in some cases. Good luck. Glad you found us.
     
  8. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from California. We love Cape Cod. You got your answer.
    Removing the eggs regularly does not make your girls stop laying. A dummy egg (wood, stone, plaster, plastic) is used for broodies, or to remind hens where they should be laying, or to discourage egg eating in some cases.

    What a great experience you are having. Do make your coop and run predator proof. There is nothing more devastating than loosing your beautiful hens! Best of luck! [​IMG]
     

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