Hi from Northern IL

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Molpet, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. Molpet

    Molpet Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2015
    N. Illinois
    My Coop
    I guess I better get around to introducing myself.
    I had free range chickens back in the early 70's that I drug home from a school science class , predators took care of them that summer.
    Fast forward to early retirement and I had to have chickens again LOL.
    I resisted for awhile and Oct 28th 2015 I seen a pair of free roosters that just started to crow. On impulse I got them. I figure I could make sure my St Bernard/Newfoundland dog would not think they were prey, see if I could put one in freezer camp and that I really wanted chickens. Of course I didn't have anywhere to put them but remodeled a 30 yrs old dog house and run for now...Took a few days to teach the dog that they were 'my chickens' (as Beekissed says). I was sure I wanted chickens when I bought $5.50 a dozen eggs and $4.50 LB organic chicken again.
    As soon as I felt confident that the dog was under control I bought 6 pullets that were laying. 4BJG ,1 RIR and 1 BO from a woman who bought them as chicks from a feed store in May 2015. I hope the BO will go broody this spring and I can put some of the BJG eggs under her. None of my chickens have names, nor are 'lap chickens'. I am hoping I do not become attached so processing is easier....They sure come running for treats and I sure like chicken TV though LOL
    Still have not picked a roo to send to freezer camp. One is a gentleman and is stockier for breeding meatier birds. But the other watches for hawks better. The next excuse is wait and see if one gets mean or something happens to one. LOL So far they work together well and no over mating yet. I am sure things will change in the spring.
    After looking at coops on here I started building a hoop run from cattle panels covered by 1/2" hardware cloth and 2x4 wire over that, (I tend to be paranoid about predators) but the weather changed before I finished...it will get done this spring, along with a bigger coop., I do let them free range while my hawk/coyote/raccoon/weasel chasing dog is out to protect them. The property has a creek: upstream is a wildlife rehabber and down stream is a forest preserve , so I have an endless supply of predators. Useless to kill them. I have to protect the flock as best I can.
    I live on property that has been handed down through 4 generations. Every generation divided it up between kids. So I have about 10 acres. Sounds great doesn't it. Except for the creek that cuts off 5 acres because of the flooding out of culverts and bridges and the acre on the other side of the highway that went through. The area has become urban and taxes....well you all know how that goes LOL... But it is the old homestead and I am the only one that has stayed and not sold out.
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2016
  3. Molpet

    Molpet Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2015
    N. Illinois
    My Coop
    I have been reading so much information that I have put to use. Fermented feed, hoop coops and ventilation to name a few... This forum is a God send [​IMG]
  4. lacy111693

    lacy111693 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2016
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think it never hurts of be sort of paranoid about predators, they take advantage of any loop holes. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    10 acres and so few chickens? I wonder how long it will take before chicken maths has you in its grasp! :D

    I'm sure I'd have a complete mental breakdown if I had so much space - just thinking of all the chickens I could have :)

    All the best
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  7. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I like your attitude about being predator paranoid...that goes miles toward keeping your birds safe. Glad to hear BYC has been helpful to you already. There's so much information here and lots of nice, helpful members.

    Keep us posted on how your coop build is going. If you have any questions or just want to share stories & pictures of your birds, jump right in!
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  10. Molpet

    Molpet Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2015
    N. Illinois
    My Coop
    Well I finished the coop for the most part.. based on posts from this wonderful group 8'x 24' ..6 cattle panels, hardware cloth over those and 2x4 weld wire over that

    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016
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