Hello from SoCal

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by girliemomca, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. girliemomca

    girliemomca Hatching

    Aug 30, 2014
    I have been lurking for quite some time on this site. Lol
    I am a home school mom of 4 and live in southern California.
    I have had chickens for about 2 years now, so I am quite new at this. I started with hens from my in-laws. We lost a couple to coyotes, one to a raccoon, and a couple to old age.
    I just added 5 more chicks to my flock. We have a total of 7 chickens. We lost a hen yesterday, and I think it may have been due to coccidiosis, but what do I know? Lol. After some research on this site, I started adding garlic to my flock's food.
    We try to eat healthy and mostly organic in our house and to treat everything naturally as much as possible. I would like to do the same with my flock.
    Thanks so much to all of you veteran chicken lovers who post on here. Your information and willingness to help is much appreciated.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    what symptoms did your chick exhibit before it passed away? Was blood in the stools one of them? If it was coccidiosis the others will probably be exhibiting symptoms too, they would need to be treated before you lose any more.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2014
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Gina. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm sorry you lost some of your hens. It's always sad to lose some of our flock. My wife and I homeschooled our children as well, and now my daughter is following in our steps with my granddaughter (pictured in my avatar). Raising chickens is a great experience for children. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
  4. Alright Gina, [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    BYC has a very useful learning center [​IMG]

    So sorry to read about your losses so I am wondering about the cage you keep them in or do they just free range day and night ....... ????? [​IMG]

    One of our missing pullets produced these guys this weekend
    so more beaks to feed now [​IMG]
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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

    So sorry about the hen you lost. [​IMG]

    Good luck with the rest of your flock and welcome to ours!
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2014
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry for your losses.[​IMG]Hopefully, the rest of your flock remains healthy!

    Feel free to ask any questions that you have! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Sorry for the loss of your birds, and good luck with the others!
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry for your loss![​IMG]
  10. girliemomca

    girliemomca Hatching

    Aug 30, 2014
    Hello all,
    Thanks for all your condolences.
    I have a coop that will fit 7 hens, and they free range in my backyard from about 7:30am to dusk, when they go in the coop on their own.
    Pocahontas, the hen that died this week, behaved the same way this week as she did about a year ago. A year ago, she could hardly walk and was very slow. She stayed in one spot all day all hunched and her bottom was dirty- I had to wash her a lot. She recovered and started laying eggs again. Recently, she started behaving the same way, but not severe as the last time. I thought maybe she was upset at the introduction of the new chicks to the yard. However, within a few days she died. I never saw blood in her stool, but she did have diarrhea. Any ideas?
    Thanks for your concern,

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