Hello from Maine

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Witchy86, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Witchy86

    Witchy86 In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2018
    Hello! My name is Heather. I live in Maine and have had chickens for the past 3 or 4 years. I even hatched 3 of my own last winter. The rooster and 1 hen went to my friend to start her flock.

    I currently have 1 interesting rooster named Gonzo and his 3 ladies: Winifred, Danny (one of Gonzo's babies), and Crazy Chicken (they're all red mixes). We've lost many of our flock to coyotes (about 8 total) and a couple of others to age. Because of this I can no longer free range them :( I put up a chain link pen so they can enjoy outside time. I recently bought 6 new Amberlink pullets to replace some of the lost ones.

    I've been visiting this page for the entirety of the time I've had chickens and have gained valuable insight to some of my issues. This past winter I've had a really stubborn case of scaly leg mites that came out of nowhere (I honestly am not sure how they got it). I think I've finally gotten ahead of it using oral ivermectin, blue kote, sevin dust, and quite a few strippings and bleachings of the coop and pen. Anyway, I'm excited to be here and can't wait to gain more knowledge!
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  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G'Day from down under Heather :frowWelcome!

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    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.

    BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out.

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of Gonzo and his girls, 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 ;)

    Including your general location on your profile will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

    You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.
  3. 4 ever Orpington

    4 ever Orpington Mr.& Mrs Orpington

    Nov 5, 2017
    :thumbsup :welcome
  4. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens!
    Some places it is not a good idea to free range the flock. A Live stock guarding Dog would help but that is not an option for everyone.

    Do not feel bad about the pen. They are better off there than in an egg battery Farm
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy Heather :welcome:frow Happy:ya to have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
    Sorry to hear 'bout your losses to "yotes"!:hugs
  7. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello Heather and welcome to our community :frow
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  8. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
  9. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Heather, glad you got the mites under control...they can be a tough battle to win. Don't feel badly about keeping your flock in a run where they are protected, that's better than being taken by a predator.

    Best wishes to you, it's nice to have you here!
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  10. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Free Ranging

    Feb 22, 2016
    South East England
    My Coop
    It's very nice to meet you, Heather :ya
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