Hey all!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pullum, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. pullum

    pullum In the Brooder

    Hey all!

    I've recently joined the site in the hope to better look after my chickens. My family and I decided get chickens in an effort to become more self-sufficient growing our own fruit and vegetables we thought the next step would be to raise our own chickens for the eggs. We've had our chickens since early May, starting off with two white bantam Wyandottes, a blue-laced silver Wyandotte and a silver laced Wyandotte. Unfortunately our silver laced Wyandotte, Simone, passed away from being egg bound. Seemingly there was little we could do for her. About a month after Simone passed away, we introduced 3 new girls into the flock; the new pullets are a mixed breed and only young. Since having introduced the 3 new girls into the flock, we have lost 1 of the new pullets and just today we lost one of the bantam Wyandotte's to a respiratory infection. It turns out the new girls that were introduced were carriers of the infection.

    With what started out as a way of being more self-sufficient and a desire to embrace natural whole foods free of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, has come at the cost of a number lives. I take great pleasure in caring for my chickens, and the recent deaths have left me a little disheartened. I feel quite responsible.

    That said, moving forward i am hoping to better provide a wonderful and healthy environment for my chickens -- they are such a joy to have.

    Sydney, Australia
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I'm so sorry to hear about your losses. Remember next time you introduce new birds to flock, quarantine them for about 6 weeks first to make sure they are healthy before introducing them to your existing flock. That's something I too learned the hard way! Hope things will go well for you in future with your flock. Enjoy the site!
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings, Nathan, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Enjoy your future flock and best wishes!
  4. pullum

    pullum In the Brooder

    Thanks Sumi for the advice, and to you too, redsoxs, for the greetings.

    Looking forward to the discussions, I'm hoping to learn a lot.

  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    We have all had discouraging moments with chicken keeping. One thing nice about BYC is it allows you to learn from other's mistakes, rather than making them all yourself.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]

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