Hello from Scilly

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by gdhp, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. gdhp

    gdhp Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2011
    I've been looking for an excuse to join this site for ages, finally have one, expect a pertinent duck based question on those threads soon.

    Meanwhile an hello...

    Name's George, 23 year old poultry keeping graduate living on the Isles of Scilly. A group of islands off the south west coast of Cornwall, fairly interesting unique place - best bit poultry wise is a lack of predators such as foxes. Biggest predators are domesticated cats and seagulls.

    Anyway, our growing collection is as follows:

    5 ducks, 1 (breeds are uncertain and based on matchings) Aylesbury, 1 mallard and 2 saxony. The two saxony males are Jocasta and Persephone and the two females called Spencer and Sharon (the joys of naming ducks before you know what gender they are).

    Chicken wise - 4 polish bantam (Atlas, Zeus, Chronos, and Sita the chick)
    3 silkies (one called Hermes, the others as of yet unnamed)
    2 sussex type things (although not certain) called Babs and Bunty
    and 1 weird thing that's small and black and we're not sure what he is. Also for some strange reason one of the local school kids called him Domestos.

    Our chicken collecting began about two years ago when someone leaving the islands wanted someone to dump their chickens on - we, for a chance of scenery, took on Babs and Bunty. From there we fell in love and collected. Babs and Bunty are getting a bit old and frail (in fact Bunty is almost completely blind now), but all the rest we've had since they were eggs.

    Anyway enough of a probably too lengthy intro... to the duck forums with my pertinent questions.
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Ohio in the USA.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    [​IMG] from Kansas, gdhp! Siciliy! [​IMG] Wow! Sounds like a beautiful place to have some ducks and chicks! Best of luck with your birds and have fun on the forums! [​IMG]
  4. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    [​IMG] from NY
  5. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    New England
    [​IMG] Hey! Welcome to BYC.

    I imagine where you live to be beautiful and romantic. lol. You should post photos sometime!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] from NJ. Oh for the luxury of no mammalian predators. (I'm discounting the cats. [​IMG])
  7. itsy

    itsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    New England
  8. gdhp

    gdhp Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2011
    I will post up some photos as soon as I work out how to. You have no idea how grateful I am for the lack of predators, means we can give them a bit more room and not have to constantly watch the wires to make sure there's no route in. I don't envy poultry keepers in the wider world.

    Had to chase a few foolhardy local stray cats away from time to time though.
  9. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2011
    Cairo Ga.
    Hi from Ga.


  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.

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