Hello from South Carolina!

FatHenAssociation

In the Brooder
May 30, 2017
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Hello all!

My name is Rebeccah and I've been keeping chickens since April '16. My husband was the one who first had an interest in raising chickens. After a month or so of researching, he convinced me we could turn an old swing-set that was in our backyard into a chicken coop. We started with three hens. A year later and we had five hens and four chicks!

In February of this year we woke up to find two of our hens were attacked and killed, two more hurt badly, and the last untouched. We lost Sookie and Fancy. Sookie was our barred rock, the top hen, our first chicken, my pride and joy. Fancy was our Rhode Island Red, she was the first chick we ever raised. I was devastated and heartbroken. Since we had a four chicks that were only a few weeks old, we added three more chicks to the group. I raised them in our garage and turned part of it into a makeshift chicken hospital and nursed the other girls who were attacked back to health. Two months later and they all moved out to the coop! Here we are almost in June and they are all so happy and healthy!

If you had asked me a couple years ago if I would ever see myself raising chickens, I probably would have laughed at you. But now I can't imagine life without them!

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Me and Scully, our Buff Orpington.

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I absolutely love photographing all of our girls! Just a few of my favorite snapshots I've recently took.
 

lastco

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Welcome (from North Carolina)!

No one understands my love for birds. Probably explains why I don't have a Facebook, but I can spend hours here! I noticed your Scully is a redhead. As in Dana? Lolololol.
 

FatHenAssociation

In the Brooder
May 30, 2017
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South Carolina
Welcome (from North Carolina)!

No one understands my love for birds. Probably explains why I don't have a Facebook, but I can spend hours here! I noticed your Scully is a redhead. As in Dana? Lolololol.

Yes! After she got attacked, she wasn't able to grow back a patch of feathers on her head and I told my husband that people will think we are making a sick joke calling her Scully. But any X-Files fans will know the meaning behind her name haha!

:welcome And hope no more hens get killed. I didn't know it snowed in South Carolina when I went it seemed pretty tropical

Thank you! We were able to trap a raccoon two nights after the attack and found where it had pulled a piece of wood off of the hen house to get in! The two months they were being nursed back to health we triple checked everything to make sure it was fortified. We set traps every now and then and have yet to catch anything else. So, fingers crossed!

In South Carolina we get one good snow a year. If that. Believe it or not, all of that was melted by the end of the day!

What beautiful pictures!

Thank you!
 

drumstick diva

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Raccoons are one of the worst predators, intelligent, persistent, adaptable and have useable thumbs. They can open almost any lock humans can, they dig, well, climb, jump down from branches or overhang. If the fencing is weak or have wide openings, they reach in and bite off any part they can snag. If they don't kill their prey, the cause gruesome damage,

Chickens seem to have great recuperative skills, and often survive most attacks. when in a run. Free ranging, they aren't likely to escape.

You may want to check out the predator threads for the best info on preventing
their attacks.
 

FatHenAssociation

In the Brooder
May 30, 2017
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South Carolina
Raccoons are one of the worst predators, intelligent, persistent, adaptable and have useable thumbs. They can open almost any lock humans can, they dig, well, climb, jump down from branches or overhang. If the fencing is weak or have wide openings, they reach in and bite off any part they can snag. If they don't kill their prey, the cause gruesome damage,

Chickens seem to have great recuperative skills, and often survive most attacks. when in a run. Free ranging, they aren't likely to escape.

You may want to check out the predator threads for the best info on preventing
their attacks.

I knew they were strong and persistent but I never would have guessed they could pull off a piece of wood from a hen house until it happened to us. We ended up lining the hen house with hardware cloth below the wood, then above the wood put metal so they would have three layers protecting them.

I was amazed by how well the hens recovered. It definitely took a bit longer for one than the other, but she was hurt worse. But now they get around as if nothing ever happened to them! I'm so glad I was fortunate enough to have the time to take care of them rather than culling.
 

Sharwig

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Good morning from Idaho and welcome! We've only been raising chickens about a year as well and have found excellent information here on BYC to help us navigate this crazy passion!

Sorry to hear of the loss of your girls :(. I can totally relate...we lost five chicks (2 weeks old) earlier this spring to a dog attack (we were sitting a friend's dog at our house); We had one survivor, a Barred Rock we named Bessie. It was a horrible sight to come home too and tough lesson learned for us. Knock on wood, we haven't had any issues with predators around our coop or property. A small rodent problem, but no real predators. I think our Heeler mix must keep them away even though he only has access to a small part of our 1 acre property. He's great with the chickens and mostly ignores them, but I think just having him around helps keep them safe.

Anywho, just wanted to say welcome! Here's a picture of our survivor Bessie and her four new coop mates that we brought home after the "incident" (can you spot the roo?)
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theoldchick

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Howdy neighbor! Hope you have better luck now that you have things under control. Good luck and keep them safe!
 

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