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Hello from South Africa!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by FreeRangeDomain, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. FreeRangeDomain

    FreeRangeDomain New Egg

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    Hello to one and all!

    I found this site when searching for info on pest control using diatomaceous earth. Very happy to have found a vibrant community dedicated to chickens as we are still fairly new to raising and keeping chickens.

    I live with my best friend on a small holding slightly inland of the east coast of South Africa and keep a small flock of around twenty hens and a rooster. Our aim is to establish a lifestyle 'off the grid' and independent of money. We rely on the eggs as an important part of a live-food diet that we have started since October this year. We started the chicken adventure with store bought Marans about four years ago but most of the chickens we have now are 'local' birds gifted to us by the tribal people that live around here after assisting the community in various ways. These are very hardy and lovable creatures! I was told that most of the local chicken stock comes from trade with passing ships (Chinese, Arab and perhaps Portugese) dating way back before european settlers arrived in the 1600's at the Cape! At the moment we are trying to select for less broody hens as the local birds are almost always ready to jump on a clutch of eggs and stay the course...

    Looking forward to learning a lot by reading and interacting in the forum.
    Dwight and Mike
     
  2. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    [​IMG] from Mississippi. Would love to see pictures of those local chickens! Sounds neat!
     
  3. RoeDylanda

    RoeDylanda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! There is lots of helpful information around the site and the people here are really nice. [​IMG] Good luck with your project, and please do post pictures of your birds!
     
  4. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from North Carolina
     
  5. jcbydesign

    jcbydesign Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome and have a happy new year! I'd love to see some photos of your local chickens. I'm very new, too. [​IMG]
     
  6. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Georgia and please post some pictures [​IMG]
     
  7. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC! I find your adventure fascinating and wish you much luck. Like everyone else, I would love to see some pics of your girls and see the type of setup that you have. Are you doing dual purpose chickens and raising your own meat also?

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  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio.
     
  9. FreeRangeDomain

    FreeRangeDomain New Egg

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    Thank you all for the warm welcome! [​IMG]

    Nice to see someone also is into Muscovies, we also have some and one new mother duck just hatched out 11 little bundles yesterday.
    We are mostly keeping a flock for the eggs as we eat them and they are delicious. We dont really eat meat since we switched to a raw diet.

    Here are a couple of pics quick to give you guys an idea of some of te chickens we have:

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    This is one of the very first chickens we got from the local people. We called her 'Pheasant'.



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    This is another of the local mixup [​IMG] As she is our only white hen she didnt need a name.



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    Mike holding our current rooster when he was but a small bird. Very tame and peaceful.



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    Here a small assortment on the half door.

    The rooster had just had a scrap with the neighbour's rooster (who came over the fence looking for trouble!) so was looking a bit worse for wear... all is well again now, thankfully no permanent damage.



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    Here is Dwight surrounded by the last seasons hatchlings in our driveway.
     
  10. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you so much for sharing your pics! I love your first hen, oh and they are all pretty happy looking [​IMG] I really like your Looooong driveway! I though 420 ft was long but WOW! Welcome again and enjoy!
     

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