Hello from NE Whatcom County WA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jbkirk, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    Hello from NE Whatcom County WA (Sumas area)[​IMG].
    Any advise would be Welcome (very rainy here).
    I have 8 Black Australorps and about 30 misc layers.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Do you have a problem with mud or flooding? Coop a foot or two off the ground should help, and tons of pea gavel and sand in the run. Some people put in a 'French drain," but, I confess I have no idea what that is.
  3. Welcome...I'm a 4-H member and enjoy showing a variety of different breed chickens....welcome from Washington state.....from Jamie a true chicken lover :)
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  5. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    No. We live over rough gravel with about 4' of soil on top.
    Yep I've already looked at that.
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Black Australorps are my favorite standard breed; extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of ours), and excellent layers of large, brown eggs. Make sure that your coop/run is predator proof. That means using hardware cloth instead of chicken wire as too many predators can either tear through chicken wire, or squeeze through the openings in the mesh. Also, be careful of your hen to rooster ratio. The recommended ratio is 10 hens for every 1 rooster as too many rooster will (as they mature) become very hard on your hens physically; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and head, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. The only reason that you need a rooster is to fertilize eggs for hatching, and one rooster can easily handle ten hens in this regard. When hens become stressed by roosters, their lay rate drops off. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  7. jbkirk

    jbkirk A Learning Breeder

    we have 4 roosters for 35 females. raccoons are nonexistent, bobcats and coyotes pretty much leave them alone(because of electric netting), and cougars and wolves have yet to show their face(after 20 years this December) so I'm not really worried about over-breeding or predators(except eagles).[​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2014
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Sounds like you have the predator issue covered. :eek:) You can probably get by okay with 4 roosters for 35 hens, particularly if your roosters are docile breeds (like Black Australorps). Otherwise, I would reduce the number down to 3 roosters, which is still plenty to fertilize your eggs.
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community!

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