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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by HeidiPA, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. HeidiPA

    HeidiPA In the Brooder

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    Hello everyone! I have been consulting this website for the past several months and decided it was about time that I actually registered! I am already thankful for this forum and for all of the wonderful advice and knowledge that I have already gotten from searching the site.

    I am new to chickens: I am an organic vegetable (and cut flower) farmer in my second year of production on rented land. The land that I am renting this year (as of November 2017) came with a free-ranging flock of chickens. The deal is that my partner and I let the chickens in and out of the coop each day, feed them, water them, and collect the eggs, and the landowners own them and deal with things like coop maintenance, buying new chickens, buying feed, etc.

    The flock started with about 35 chickens and 2 roosters. (Unfortunately that has diminished over the past few months due to several hawk attacks and another recent mysterious, significant predator attack which really prompted me to join this site.)

    We have a mix of breeds - white, black, tan, speckled, all kinds that I do not yet know the names of.

    I found out about Backyard Chickens because every time I looked for an answer to a chicken-related question on the Internet, I ended up looking through the answers on this site and found it really helpful.

    I have really enjoyed the chickens and I truly love them. I do everything I can to keep them happy and healthy. They are like my "kids," along with my 5 cats and the ducks that live in our pond.

    Thanks for letting me be part of this wonderful community! :)
     
  2. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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  3. Margaretlumley01

    Margaretlumley01 Chirping

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  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  5. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    Interesting introduction. Welcome to BYC! Glad you are finding the site useful :thumbsup
     
  6. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy:ya to have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
     
  7. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hello Heidi and welcome to our community -thanks for joining us :frow

    You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find Your State Thread

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Nice to meet you Heidi, hope you will enjoy Backyard chickens as much as we do :celebrate
     
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  9. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

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    :welcome

    Good luck with your gardening business this year! There are a lot of gardeners on BYC that you may wish to connect with (as well as a sister site: TheEasyGarden.com).

    Free ranging does leave the chickens open to predator attacks (more so than keeping them in an enclosed run). Making the decision to free range is something each person has to decide for themselves if it's worth the risk. One thing that can help keep the birds somewhat safer when they are ranging is to have covered places they can run and hide in or under.

    Best wishes to you and thanks for joining us!
     
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  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Do join us on the gardening threads! Welcome.
     
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