Hi All!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CountryGirl1120, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. CountryGirl1120

    CountryGirl1120 In the Brooder

    So my adventure with chickens actually started two years ago. I've picked up things here and there along the way and since finding the facebook page decided to join the actual website. I live in NY and am slowly turning my little property into a farm of sorts! I have 22 chickens all together right now, 17 are from this years order, 5 ducks with 6 more on the way because 4 of those ducks are males and they will be going into the freezer at the end of the month. And then I am getting a pair of ducks from a breeder I found either towards the end of this month or towards the middle of August. Chicken/poultry math at its finest. I am also in the works of hopefully doing turkeys, chickens, and pigs next year for food purposes.

    And not only that I am hoping to get an incubator at some point and to start hatching eggs of the breeds that are hard to find around me. While I would love to hatch chickens from my own flock sadly I do not have a rooster though I have been thinking of getting one. I will definitely be looking towards hatching duck eggs though since I plan on keeping the male from the pair I'm getting.

    And here is the break down of my birds so far-
    7 EEs all which range in color
    3 Brahmas, 1 light 2 buff
    1 Black Copper Marans
    5 Red Sex links
    3 New Hampshire Reds
    1 Silver Laced Wyandotte
    1 Speckled Sussex
    1 Buff Orpington
    5 Khaki Campbells (will never buy straight run ducks from TSC again :( )

    And shipping out from Metzers on July 18th I have 3 Welsh Harlequin, 1 blue swedish, and 2 of their golden hybrid layers coming.
    And then hopefully at the end of this month or mid August I have a pair of Ancona ducks I get to pick up.

    I joke I may have a slight addiction as now I want to add a frizzle chicken to the mix along with a couple other breeds I've seen, but I know everyone here wont judge since I'm pretty sure we have all had the same issue.

    I look forward to everything I can learn from everyone here and sharing what I have learned by trial and error over the past 2 years. While I cant share too much about ducks since this is my first year with them I can share what I know about chickens!

  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Yes, you will find many other victims of chicken math here! [​IMG] Sounds like you have a fun flock! Thanks for joining us!
  3. CountryGirl1120

    CountryGirl1120 In the Brooder

    I do have a fun flock. I have always been about trying different breeds to see which ones I like best and so far brahmas and the sex links are an absolute favorite. While brahmas dont lay exceptionally well I love the feathers on the feet!
  4. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Songster

    Welcome to BYC, CountryGirl1120!
    Where are you in NY?
    I am in CNY, Utica/Rome area.
    Chicken math always prevails [​IMG]
    Sounds like you are truly a chicken/duck addict!
    We are glad you're here!

  5. CountryGirl1120

    CountryGirl1120 In the Brooder

    I'm in Columbia County. And yes it does. I have an agreement with the boyfriend not to go over 50 chickens/ducks/turkeys/ any other type of bird. I am a little bit of an addict. They are just so calming to me and I love watching them run around. Even though I'm having predator issues at the moment which i realize comes with free ranging but in the 2 years I've had chickens I've never had the issues in the previous two years that I'm having this year. 2 chickens and a duck gone in 2 days! It was just 1 chicken would end up missing a year. Its frustrating to say the least.
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - its always comforting to know that chicken maths is universal! :)

    All the best
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    May be time to consider a large, enclosed run with top- much safer for birds, if built right.

  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Well, there are worse things to get addicted to! It sounds like you have a wonderful flock growing there. If you're interested, BYC has a sister forum on farm related livestock (pigs, etc), that may interest you for future reference: BackYardHerds.com Enjoy!
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

  10. CountryGirl1120

    CountryGirl1120 In the Brooder

    I have considered it. Unfortunately where my chicken coop is situated (came with the house didnt have to build one, and it cant be moved) its in a place that doesnt provide a flat surface anywhere for a run. It is more the start of a hill going up into woods. Which is unfortunate but there isnt much else I can do unless I want to spend the money for materials to build another coop. I did have a small run for them built where I could build one but felt awful keeping them closed up all the time even when I had less birds. There werent any over pecking issues or anything I just didnt like seeing them caged up all the time. I knew I was going to lose some to predators here and there and that was part of the reason I ordered so many chicks this year to kind of account for that. But so far no more birds have been lost and I am keeping my eyes out to see what could have taken them.
    Thank you for that info. I will have to look that up in the near future.

    Thank you to everyone else for welcoming me :)

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