Hello from Upstate NY

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Pyxis, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Hi everyone! I've had chickens for about a year now, and completely on accident at first. I kept a pair of ducks as pets, and they did wonders for the tick population around my house. About a year into having them, a hen randomly showed up. She was from the neighbor's flock, I'm sure, and the poor thing was feathers and bone. I let her into the duck pen and sprinkled down a bit of food, which she promptly gobbled up. After that, she decided she was staying. We put a roost in the duck house, and there she stayed. After a while, three more hens and a very aggressive rooster moved in, also from the neighbor's flock. I found out why they were all moving over when I saw the neighbor one day and asked if she cared that her chickens had moved in. She told us they didn't want them anymore, and so decided to just stop feeding them :mad: So the poor birds starved, until they realized I was throwing down food for the ducks, and literally came running to eat it.

    Well, I took care of them for about a year, during which time one duck disappeared, then the other, and then he came back with a pekin male from wherever he went. At this time, the same neighbors that ditched their chickens got a pit bull, trained it to be vicious, and let it roam free, at which point it slaughtered three of my hens and my pekin duck :(

    So, we got THAT nipped in the bud by way of the local agency that controls pets. It would also go after small children, so I feel no guilt about it. The aggressive rooster was rehomed with people who want to work with him and have a huge harem of hens for him, and I bought two pekin ducklings, who will be six weeks old tomorrow (pictured in my avatar at about a week old), bought a silkie hen, adopted a blind ameraucana from a very nice woman who had no pen and was worried about foxes, and bought two light brahma chicks, who are playing on my keyboard as I type this :p

    So, in short, I have a red star named Pumpkin, a silkie and an Ameraucana who I got two days ago and need names, and two light brahmas, Apple and Cider. I also have a rouen drake, Charm (he was supposed to be female) and two pekin ducklings, Peanut and Almond. I have house pets, too, but this post is long enough ;)
     
  2. daylily

    daylily Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi Pyxis, I am new as well.
    I've watched the sight in the past but needed answers to some problems with my small flock of guineas so I thought I'd better join and meet these awesome people!
    Sounds like you also have had your share of problems with your birds and "Bad owners"!
    Good luck and hope to see you often.
     
  3. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome fellow New Yorker!
    Sounds like your neighbors are prime time for Animal Cops! Glad you did what you could.

    Good to have you both!Welcome to the addiction! [​IMG]
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Thanks for the welcome, guys. I'm already considering buying silkie hatching eggs for my silkie when she goes broody, so I know I'm hooked!
     
  5. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Oh good another NY'er!! Welcome to BYC! =)
     
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    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please check out the NY CHICKEN LOVERS thread in the WHERE AM I? WHERE ARE YOU? section!
     
  9. Searls99

    Searls99 Out Of The Brooder

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    New to from NY. Welcome
     
  10. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    I'll check that out.

    Thanks everyone for the kind welcomes!
     

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