HELLO from NZ!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Taniamarie, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. Taniamarie

    Taniamarie Hatching

    Sep 11, 2013
    Just joined.

    My story ... Have recently moved to a georgeus lifestyle block, surrounded by NZ native bush. New to chooks, and have had quite a journey already since May. Inherited 9 'ferral' chooks, that had obviously been fairly neglected. Were roosting in the trees, would scream wildly whenever I came near, no eggs, and to make things worse my sheep 'eye dog' Gin, killed a couple of them, leaving feather carnage all over my lawn! That leaves 7 wild girls.

    Have since, revitalised the chicken house, tended and planted out the fenced chook garden (it's even pretty enough to sit and enjoy a cuppa with the chooks now), bought in four new pullets (two rare breeds), and done all my research on feeding, caring and free-ranging. I now have 10 chickens living (by choice) in the chook house and garden, and 6 eggs a day! Only one of them insists on screaming at me and flys in and out, otherwise all is peaceful and friendly. My dog and cat sit outside the gate observing quietly, and a couple times a week I put the dog away and let them wander around the section an hour before sunset.

    Never expected to fall so in love with them. They take a lot more care than I thought, and their emotional health seems important for happy laying chooks. Sadly, I have just lost my young 'Black Langsham'. She became sick and died very suddenly, with blood and mucous poo. Quite upsetting, she was my favourite – a clumsy cute friendly one with hairy hobbit feet.

    Any advice? The others seem fine, and poos normal. I've fed them all a natural de-worm tonic (molasses, oats, garlic, cider vinegar, cayenne pepper) and infused their water with cider vinegar. Someone mentioned possible 'egg-bound'. I don't think she had officially started laying yet. Very sudden :(
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG]
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    :welcome Chickens are quite addictive and are a lot of fun, sounds like you have a really nice set up for them. Sorry to hear about your Black Langshan? When you are talking bloody poo, the first thing you suspect is coccidia, https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/coccidiosis-how-to-treat-it though it tends to be more common in younger chicks. You might want to try posting on the Emergencies, Injures, Diseases & Cures Forum for help.
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! Sorry for your loss :(
  7. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    Hello! Always disturbing to lose a pet chicken. Sorry for your loss.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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