Hello from Illinois!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chick-ity, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. chick-ity

    chick-ity New Egg

    Apr 10, 2017
    Just got 11 orphingtons yesterday. I'm not real new to raising chickens but I've had 2 flocks before that a raccoon thought was his dinner buffet. Any suggestions on how to keep critters out. Plus what feed does everyone use? In the past I just used scratch but I bought a egg makers this time but I'm not sure it has what my rooster needs. Thanks for the help in advance!
  2. ninjawesome

    ninjawesome Currently being awesome Premium Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Wild, Wild West
    [​IMG]Hey there and [​IMG]! We are glad you could join us [​IMG]

    Oh no! Stinkin' coons...if the animals around your area like to dig, line the entire perimeter of your coop/run with a foot or two of harware cloth underground, so when they try to dig under the run to get inside, they'll be blocked by an underground fence. Also be sure you have latches if not locks on all the doors and hardware cloth/chicken wire strongly secured to the windows. These small things may save your chickens bacon. Hope this helps!
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under chick-ity [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry to hear about your losses. You might want to check out the Predators Forum: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests and may be post some pics of your set up. You may get some good tips and advice on how to reinforce it.

    Feeding chickens was a Topic of the Week and you may also find this thread helpful: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1138895/topic-of-the-week-feeding-chickens-what-to-feed-and-when

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
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  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Egg layers mix sounds like something that would ONLY be fed to laying hens. They need extra calcium etc. roosters never lay eggs so shouldn't eat that. It can cause kidney problem with them.
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