Hello from Gullygarden

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Gullygarden, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Gullygarden

    Gullygarden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone! This forum has been a huge help for me as I move from having the occasional rescued chicken living with me, to adding baby chicks on purpose (!) and designing a hen house that my son built for me. I’ve been lurking and learning, but I am pleased to join such a special group of people.
    I’m on the big island of Hawaii, up in the cool, wet, green, ranch country. It is mostly in the 70s in the daytime and drops down into the 50s at night and only occasionally gets either warmer or colder. The wind blows pretty hard and this is the rainy season. I probably caught 2 or 3 inches in my pasture today. I have two older hens, one is about 8 years old, and the other a year. In the past years I lost a beloved bantam rooster and a really nice white hen who used to free range with the wild turkeys and then come home to lay eggs in the garage, to dogs, (don’t get me started about people who let their dogs out on purpose because “they need to run”!) so now any chickens that live with me have to stay inside an electric mesh run. This works fine as long as I remember to turn it off before I try to walk through. No predator losses since 2009 when I installed it. The chickens have plenty of space, including a nice compost pile to rummage in, a pipinola vine (chayote squash), and a banana tree for shade. The hens live in a pvc chicken tractor with a tarp over it and the door permanently open and the chicks are in the new house. They will all share the new house eventually, but for now the ladies pace up and down outside, scolding.
    As for me, I’m a teacher and artist, born in the middle of the previous century. My new chicks are Lucy, Luna, Goldy, and Nob. 7 weeks old. 2 Barred Rock and 2 Buff Orpingtons. The older hens are a BR and the older one is dark and lovely with complicated feather designs, and I have no idea what she is.

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    This is the new house with the electric mesh around it.
     
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  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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  3. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC, glad you decided to join. Sounds like you live in heaven.
     
  4. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

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    [​IMG] from Oklahoma! I had the pleasure of visiting your island once - beautiful! It sounds like you have done a fantastic job protecting your chickens - great photo!
     
  5. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]

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  6. SunBaked

    SunBaked Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Congrats on your new chicks, how pretty and green it looks in your picture! Didn't know the electric fence was so effective, I need to look into getting one.
     
  7. Gullygarden

    Gullygarden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you google premier fencing you should find it. mine is 48 inch with step in posts and I have added some extra post because of the hills. in 2 years hens have only flown out two times, but the chicks are too small to introduce to it - they would risk getting stuck, which could kill them if I wasn't right there to shut off the current. I think I would not do it if there was any danger of unsupervised toddlers getting in it, or areally old person who might fall against it - otherwise it seems pretty safe and is not bothering little birds who sit on it ungrounded.
     
  8. scottysquails

    scottysquails Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from MS!!
     
  9. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

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    [​IMG] from wa state! [​IMG]
     
  10. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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