Hello, I'm new and could use some much needed advice!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AnaTheDreamer, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. AnaTheDreamer

    AnaTheDreamer Hatching

    Jan 4, 2014
    Hello there, I am a 16 year old girl who is just chomping at the bit to have a small farm with livestock of some form... the only problem is, my city is urban and has chicken laws. Absolutely NO chickens they say. Which is crushing, but I came up with a new scheme. I got ducks. Three beautiful Cayuga females. Those girls were my babies, but tragically all three died. One died of unknown causes at approximately two months of age. My other two girls were attacked and eaten by a raccoon who broke into their coop at night. I was so completely heartbroken I considered giving up my dream of having an urban micro farm.. but that dream has resurfaced recently and is now stronger and more determined than ever.
    Hence, my discovery of backyardchickens.com [​IMG] I'm hoping someone here could help me with ideas of livestock (preferably foul, but I'm opened to anything!!) for a beginning farmer who is within city limits. I'm considering coturnix quail as an alternative to getting more ducks, but I'm still not sure. Are there any other types of foul I should consider?
    I'm kinda looking for a lower maintenance critter (taking into consideration that I have loads of school work) but I'm not afraid of having to put in time and effort, and get my hands dirty.[​IMG]
    I look forward to hearing everyone's comments and advice! I need all the help I can get![​IMG]
  2. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    SE Michigan
    Welcome to the BYC! We'll try our best to head you in the right direction. First off, are any poultry legal in your area? I can't suggest you get anything that would land yourself and your parents fines by the city/township.

    If you can legally have poultry other than chickens, why don't you try a few Muscovy ducks. They don't quack so your less likely to get your neighbors mad. All the Pekins or Rouens I've had were extremely loud.

    If you have raccoons, I would invest in a predator proof coop and run so you don't have to worry about while you're away at school. Hardware cloth is the way to go, but it's expensive.

    I wouldn't suggest you get anymore poultry until you get your coop setup, if a coon can get in that easily, he'll do it again and again until there are no more meals left.
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    Sorry about the loss of your birds. Take a look around here on BYC and see if some critter here doesn't tempt your heart.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  6. hensonthefarm

    hensonthefarm In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2013
    Hello, AnaTheDreamer, I the same age what to do the small farm in the urban. I have lost my bird to dogs, hawks and cats. But dont give up and welcome to this amazing web site.

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG] BYC has lots of great and helpful info!
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC.
  10. Joshua G

    Joshua G Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Hixson, TN
    Welcome to BYC! Sorry you lost your ducks, i would help with other fowl if i could but all i know is chickens.
    If you are interested in trying to change laws, i would post somthing in the "Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change them)" forum.

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