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Hello from orcas island

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by orcaschicken, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. orcaschicken

    orcaschicken New Egg

    Feb 5, 2015
    HeT there,
    my wife and i have been raising chickens (cuckoo marans, silver laced wyandottes, rhode island reds, red stars) and ducks (kakhi kampbell, cayuga) for about 10 months. We started with 20 chicks and 5 little ducks, we have lost one chicken and 2 ducks to a sneaky racoon that would wait till we let the birds out and then pick its breakfast. It happened 3 days in a row till we figured out what was happening. we have used this site as our primary resource since we began thinking of raising birds. We recently had a hen go broody so i started researching again and decided to finally join. There is a wealth of knowledge to be found here and we are happy to finally be a part of it. We live on orcas island in washington state and are both in our late 20's.
    Ill try to post some pics later time to head to work.
    Looking forward to our new chicks
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop

    Beautiful country you are checking in from - glad to have you join the flock! Are you having your broody hatch out some eggs?
  3. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry to hear that you have lost a hen and two of your ducks to a raccoon :hugs Losing them is very sad and I know just how it feels. I hope you are able to keep them safe now as they tend to come back once they know there is a free meal on offer.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your broody if she is sitting on eggs. Looking forward to seeing your pics. Enjoy BYC :frow
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined the "flock."[​IMG]

    I'm sorry to hear about your losses to predators![​IMG] Good luck with your birds.
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry for your losses![​IMG]
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Sorry about the predator losses. [​IMG] It sounds like you have a nice flock, though!
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens, at least the Orcas shouldn't be a threat to your flock. Raccoons are another story, vicious killers - they will snag any body parts they can through fencing and eat them off on the spot. If they don't kill the birds they will have gruesome injuries. Raccoons are extremely intelligent, have opposable thumbs (can open any lock - save combination), climbers, diggers, opportunists and just don't give up. If you trap and kill one, more will take it's place. If they find a great buffet all their buddies and relatives will show up.

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