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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by elorraine52, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. elorraine52

    elorraine52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2014
    south central MO
    I'm not really new, but it's been several years since I was on here, my name is Elaina and I have had chickens and other poultry since the 80's. Right now I'm trying to build up my flock since about half of it was wiped out this past summer by a predator getting into the coop (killed most of my rare breeds, left the BR's) I'm wanting to get some lavendar ameraucana hens, I have a roo, and some black/blue/blue splash marans. [​IMG]
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright Elaina welcome back to BYC hope we can help [​IMG]

    Sorry to find that out about your flock but I do believe we
    all are having the same problem with predators [​IMG]
    I hope you find what you are looking for [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  4. elorraine52

    elorraine52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2014
    south central MO
    thanks for the welcomes, I've heard from several other folks that the predator problem had been especially bad this year, one person had their entire flock killed, so I guess I'm lucky. We ended up getting acouple of those humane traps from TSC and caught 5 oppossums and one racoon before we were done. No further killings since, and I've reinforced the all possible entrances to the coop.
    It's strange because I've had chickens here since '06 and the only problems I've had were neighborhood dogs coming over when I was free ranging the chooks and wasn't around. Then last summer in addition to the coon and possum's, we watched a huge red fox kill 2 BR hens right in front of our eyes. (again, I was free ranging them) we managed, with our dogs, to chase it off before it could drag the hens off, but were afraid to butcher them out for fear of possible rabies.

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  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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

    Sorry about the loss of your first flock. But hopefully you can get your new flock started soon!

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
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  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  8. Bluebee

    Bluebee Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 30, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! So sorry about your losses.
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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome back to BYC.
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  10. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC.
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