Hello there fellow chicken parents!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MrsClark4Ever13, Dec 7, 2018 at 8:31 PM.

  1. MrsClark4Ever13

    MrsClark4Ever13 In the Brooder

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    Hello all! I'm just joining after almost two years of reading the blogs here to answer questions I've had while learning how to raise the chickens and ducks that I've come to be quite attached to. I'm sure I've made a share of mistakes along the way so far, but I have avoided quite a few by reading posts here, so thank you all for your wealth of experiences.
    My husband and I started our flock with two ducklings that our kids brought home one weekend, leading to two more within the next week. Before the 10th day, we added 6 sexed female chicks. As we were starting our journey with them, I had done some research on chicken breeds and decided that I had to have silkies. I ended up coming home with a mixed dozen and except for 2 silkies, I had no idea what we had.
    We've had a nearly frozen bantam that I nursed back to health, 3 broodie hens and one broody duck this summer, an encounter with a raccoon that took a few of our babies and left a momma barely hanging on.... We'd originally thought that all of Momma's babies were lost but two had escaped the fate of their siblings (we still do not know where or how) but we are convinced that it was their survival that healed their mother.
    Our current flock consists of 22 chickens (6 of which are roosters) and 4 ducks (3 drakes : o ).
    I guess I shouldn't omit the baby bunnies that we've raised since saving them from our fire pit over Labor Day weekend and our original dog and cat (imagine what they must think) who have adapted to their surrogate family quite nicely.
    I'm currently scouting the news feeds on winter broodies. One of our young bantam/silkie mixes is on a clutch. She hatched early this summer so I thought it was too soon on top of our temperatures in SE Pennsylvania dropping before freezing more often than not. I have not determined how many eggs she's on yet. I inadvertently disturbed her yesterday to be on the recieving end of her warning hiss.
    I look forward to being a part of this community! IMG_20180929_161109_223.jpg IMG_20180929_161109_221.jpg
     
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  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Free Ranging

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    Hello Mrs. Clark and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Sorry to hear of your losses but glad that the momma pulled through.
    Wowwy wow! What a gorgeous rooster you have!
     
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  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

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    Hello, and welcome! I like the feather pattern and the crests in the top picture. What breed are they?
     
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  4. MrsClark4Ever13

    MrsClark4Ever13 In the Brooder

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    I'm still learning breeds but the black and whites are from a bantam hen and silkie rooster. The feather pattern resembles mom and the crest is courtesy of pops. :)
     
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    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

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    Well, I think that they look cool!
     
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  6. MrsClark4Ever13

    MrsClark4Ever13 In the Brooder

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  7. MrsClark4Ever13

    MrsClark4Ever13 In the Brooder

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    Thank you, DobieLover! I forgot to mention that the racoon lost battle in the end. My husband went to our flock's defense armed with nothing more than a stick.

    A little life around our humble abode: IMG_20180922_090904_124.jpg IMG_20180922_090904_126.jpg IMG_20180922_082651_689.jpg FB_IMG_1544238574246.jpg FB_IMG_1544238056583.jpg
     
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  8. MrsClark4Ever13

    MrsClark4Ever13 In the Brooder

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  9. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hello and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

    This is a useful link of BYC guides to take a look at announcements-feedback-issues-guides.3 I’d suggest including your location using the guide in that link. You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find your State's thread.

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    What a beautiful flock you have. Thank you for joining us at Backyard Chickens.
     
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