Hello from Ireland

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by seancaseo, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. seancaseo

    seancaseo New Egg

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    Hi There

    My name is Sean (Shawn) from Limerick in Ireland

    I just picked up my first birds there yesterday in a poultry fair

    3 Rhode Island Red Hybrids and 1 barred Rock

    They seemed a little traumatized by the day yesterday and would not come out of the Coop I had placed them in all day

    1 of the girls came out for a quick look as I was chopping some wood nearby for a brief moment

    The lucky girls run is a 1 acre 150 year old walled garden ( when they get the guts to go explore)

    I wonder should I feed them in the evenings to encourage them to forage

    Any thoughts ?

    Thanks

    Sean
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home! Good luck with your new flock!
     
  3. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Hello and Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined Sean! My guess is that the hens will go out on their own once the settle into their new home! Enjoy your flock!
     
  4. seancaseo

    seancaseo New Egg

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    Thank you for the warm welcome ..


    I need it because its freezing here right now :)
     
  5. seancaseo

    seancaseo New Egg

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    Thank you for the welcome

    I am sure once they get settled they will be very happy .

    I don't think it helps that a storm began this morning though
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello Sean, and welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community.

    Good luck with your new birds! When they get settled in, they should be excellent layers for you.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X3, they will forage a lot on their own once they settle in and feel more at home. Laying hens really should have at least their commercial feed available all the time, if you are going to feed them treats or anything special feeding them in the evening does seem to encourage them to forage more during the day, they also usually come back to the coop in a timely fashion if they know they are going to get fed.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If they are adult birds, it may take longer for them to acclimate to new surroundings... To young chicks, everything is new. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
     
  10. seancaseo

    seancaseo New Egg

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    Thanks again for the warm welcome

    They seem to have settled a bit all ready

    I don't think they have roamed far from their coop yet even though they have a whole acre of lush space to roam .
    They haven't discovered my new raised beds yet so that is good :)

    I have loads of organic veg scraps which I chop up finely and mix a small amount of feed with and scatter it for them in the evening
    So far they have just eaten it all up and then head into their little house of their own volition

    I don't have non GMO feed at the moment so until I source it I want to limit the amount they have of it

    My theory is that our ancestors didn't have bags of industrial feed and got along just fine so why can't we
    I am a noob and always open to more experienced opinions though

    :)

    Sean
     

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