Hello from Spring Creek Nevada

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by springcreekchic, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. springcreekchic

    springcreekchic In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2014
    Hello from Spring Creek, Nevada.

    We are at 6000 feet on the side of a mountain range that is absolutely stunning. We get lots of snow and are cold most of the time.

    I have had two flocks over the past ten years. I am waiting for the arrival of my third flock. I lost most of my first flock to a neighbors dog, which was very heartbreaking. The second flock was attacked and killed by my Siberian Husky. We decided to wait several years before trying to establish another flock. I guess this is the year.

    We are awaiting 26 chickens from Murray Mcmurray Hatchery, which is where we ordered our first two flocks from.

    This year, we ordered Barred Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Buff Orpingtons, and Silver Laced Wynadottes. In previous flocks, we had many different breeds. Our favorites turned out to be Barred Rocks and Aracaunas. Our Labrador Retriever became great friends with our last Aracauna. She died mid-winter after roaming into the Siberian's dog run one very early morning. We were free ranging the flocks back then. Her death ended our flock for awhile. This time around, we have a fenced in, secure area to keep the birds. Third times the charm?
  2. [​IMG] and welcome back to the chicken keeping world! Sounds like you put some thought into what you wanted this time around.

    A fence is always a good idea...if not for your canines, a neighbor's bad dog might decide to give you a bad day. I'm pretty sure there's a Nevada thread around here somewhere so you can talk to like minded folk in your area, and I know the Northern California one is pretty busy. Happy to have you aboard!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    First, I think you should put a good cover on the Husky's run so he doesn't get any more delivered lunches, Secondly make sure you neighbors know what their dogs have been up too, and let them know if anymore kill your birds they will NOT be coming home again.

    If you don't want to keep replacing dead birds, you could make a secure fenced run area for them with some type of top ( to keep out climbers, jumpers and hawks) - and a few strands of electrified wire to get your point across when predators come calling. Everything loves chicken, and once they find easy lunches they come back again and again till the there aren't any more.
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  4. hensonthefarm

    hensonthefarm In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2013
    Welcome I'm in Reno and losting birds to dogs is very hard. But third time is the charm. Good luck!
  5. texgardengal

    texgardengal Chirping

    Nov 23, 2013

    Welcome and good luck!!
  6. Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Dogs and chickens are never a good mix. So I would do your best to keep the separate. But I am sorry for your losses. It is never easy to lose them to accidents.

    But it is great to have you aboard and enjoy your new flock!!
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with your new flock. You might want to check out the Predators forum for suggestions on how to fortify your pen. Electric fence like drumstick diva suggested is really nice for discouraging dogs.

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