Hell everyone my name is trevor. Been using you guys for info ideas and research for a while and thought id introduce myself. I live on my grandfathers farm (rip papa). He used to farm eggs then public bought out his business in 89 but we retained the farm. Sometimes i feel like the only one on my family who cares to not let the farm fall into a pules of steaming ****. Its 120 acres and at its peak we had white leghorns produceing 375,000 eggs week (and we had hogs as well). om the pnly one who doesnt wanna see grandfathers legacy just turn into nothing but its hard being i have to qork a contsuction job to make eneds meet and try and start **** back up on the farm. After he sold the business we got sum black angus cows and have heard of about forty. We also grow out pwn tifton 44 hay on about 60 acres and then we'll shuttle them in to pne pf the hays sections during winter so they have that extra as well as their normal pasture and we can put out hay as needed. Well the rest of my family sits on their *** and does nothing. I thoguht it was nigh time to get back to my roots and raise sum poultry. So off i went with a friend to rural king where i bought 3 buff orphingtons, 4 black australorpes, 4 rhode isle reds, 4 bob white quail, and 4 rouen ducklings. Well first night i brought em back the quail died (even tho the had a heat lamp it maybnot have been clpse enough. They did happen to be the last 4 in the barrel at rural king and i brought em back on a cold night so i contributed that to them just being worn down and bottom of the barrel. So i commited myself to just the ducks and chickens and i would explore that interest at another time. Well i read on here about the dofficulties of raising ducks and chickens together and things seemed to be going fine til i lost an autralorpe because he ate to lpng pf hay and it was bound up in his intestine and she couldnt digest. I had a RiR that drowned itself in kiddie pool i had for the ducks becasue for a while the would only use the edge of the pool to roost instead of the perch provided. A couple weeks go by and one day i let them out and take off to do some errands so they can free range a bit and a neoghbors dog had goten out and killed all four ducks and 2 buff hens. It sucked. Especially after having learned that the buffs were the moat timid of the flock but since then eveything has been fine. Since the neighbor with the dog moved. Still dont know how it wandered over.. But everything has since been fine. Looking forward to making improvements and learning more. Flock is currently a buff hen, 3 rir ( one being a rooster) and, 3 black australorpe hens. Looking forward to conversing, trading, and learning with you all.