Hello from WI

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LeaRae, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. LeaRae

    LeaRae Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 21, 2009
    Hi everyone,

    My name's Lea and I am finally posting here!

    The reason is to celebrate!

    It's been a long journey, difficult at times. I started this spring with 6 chicks. We reared them in a bin with a screen over the top and a heat lamp. We were planning on building their coop as they grew, but time flew by and soon they were too big for that bin! We got some furring strips and chicken wire and built a little square fence. During the day we would move the fence outside, then wrangle the chickens up and get them in there. They would spend the day enjoying the sunshine and then we would repeat the process at night, bringing them into my garage. During this time we, (actually, mostly me) built my chicken coop. (Actually, it's not even done yet...)

    As I was building the coop in my driveway, I usually let the chickens free range. By this time they were getting cramped in their little fence, so they enjoyed the time out. They were right by me, and a FOX ran out and muched on one. I was right there! In the middle of the day! I bolted towards it, and was about two inches away from kicking that fox off the map before it ran away. The chicken was wounded but not fatally. My first chicken injury! Her foot was scraped up and there was a good gash under her wing. Luckily I just cleaned it up a little and she couldn't walk, and then limped for a couple weeks, but it healed fine and I can't even tell which chicken was hurt anymore.

    So I got the coop built (Thanks to this forum and a few other sites!). A few things had to be done, but it was livable while I worked on it now. We had a particularly stormy, windy, and rainy night and the service door fell down. OOPS! Two of the chickens went missing, but one showed up the next afternoon. -1.

    Just a week or so later, someone (me) got the bright idea to let them out for a few hours. It had been a long time now since the fox, and the people down the road free range their chickens all the time... I had intended to watch them, but things came up and I had to go. After a few minutes of failed chicken-wrangling, I had to give up and go. One didn't come back [​IMG]

    So we are down to four chickens.

    But anyways

    We got our first eggs! I was crawling around in chicken poo making some adjustments to the built in feeder so they wouldn't waste so much when all the sudden I spotted one on the ground! It was itty bitty [​IMG] I took it inside right away smiling [​IMG] Then we went back outside to finish the work. While I was clamping the part for the glue to dry, we found four more buried in the bedding in the corner! (Is it normal for chickens to bury their eggs?)

    I don't have a picture of the first itty-bitty egg (it was small like a robins egg hehe) but here's a picture of the four other (still small) eggs! With a few of the chickies in the background.


    (ok, I'm done [​IMG])
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2009
  2. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    S.E Ind
    [​IMG] Lea!!!![​IMG] from Debby in S.E Indiana!
  3. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] From Oregon!
  4. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    Welcome from Missouri! Yes, if you don't collect them and the are on the ground the hens will sometime bury their eggs. I test them for freshness or if they are full of poo I give them to the dogs/cat.
  5. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    [​IMG] from UT! Glad you joined us!
  6. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
  7. Brick243

    Brick243 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2008
    Southeast Oklahoma
    [​IMG] From Oklahoma
  8. DragonFeathers

    DragonFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2009
    [​IMG] from Maryland
  9. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    [​IMG] from Western Washington!

    I sorta did the same thing with our ducks and a gosling. I figured I'd get the duck house built after I got ducks. I brooded them in a little bin and they outgrew that, but still no duck house. I would take them outside during the day and let them run around inside a little fence that had some swimming water. I laughed when you talked about wrangling them all up to go to and fro. I did that every morning and afternoon also. [​IMG] By this time they were living in my bathtub and the duckhouse isn't even framed yet! In the meantime I decided I wanted a couple more ducks and another gosling. This was not a great idea because the bathroom stink got out of control! Needless to say, eventually I got the duckhouse built, but not before moving them down to the basement and building a pond. I think I did everything in the wrong order [​IMG]

    Enjoy yourself here!
  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Hi there Lea and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Its great to have you here with us! Congrats on your eggs! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2009

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