Hi from South Africa

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chameleon, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. chameleon

    chameleon Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've been reading here for a while now and decided it's time to introduce myself. This is how I ended up with chickens ...

    My neighbors had chickens a couple of years ago but decided they didn't want them anymore and 'set them free'. They live in a cottage on a small farm, with plenty of wildlife, so only 1 hen and 1 rooster survived. We moved into the cottage next to them about a year ago and noticed that the hen manages to hatch a clutch of eggs every few months, but the chicks never survive more than a day or two before they get taken out by hawks and things. So about 10 weeks ago when the hen managed to hatch out 4 of her eggs again, I secured them all in a small courtyard and gave them food and water. The next day, one of the chicks was missing and a little later they somehow escaped the courtyard (I think the gardener let them out). A little later a hawk spotted them and tried to catch one, so I decided to bring them in and try to raise them myself.

    The hen is completely wild and we didn't have a coop or anything to keep them in so I just caught the chicks and moved them into the house. They lived in our living room for 4 weeks until we finally had a coop and run built for them. They have now been very happily living in there for 6 weeks, 2 pullets and a cockerel. Sadly though, we've had a really bad heat wave and lots of fires in the surrounding area, and after a particularly hot and smoky day, one of the pullets didn't make it.

    I found BYC when I decided to try and rescue the chicks and have found lots of great advice and tips here, and so I've finally decided to join in.

    Here they are at about 2 weeks
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC and thanks for your introduction and pics.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your country thread - just type "South African threads" in the search box and it will pop up.

    All the best
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under chameleon [​IMG] Welcome!

    Your chicks are adorable!

    CTKen has given you some great starting points.

    Kudos to you for rescuing the chicks and giving them a fighting chance. I do not want to encourage chicken math but if I read it right you now only have 2? It is advisable to have 3 or more so that if you sadly do lose another, you are not left with 1 lonely chicken.

    I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  4. chameleon

    chameleon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the welcome and tips CT and Teila.

    @ Teila. Yes, there are only 2 left now. I built the coop and run large enough for about 8 chickens just in case of chicken math happening [​IMG] I was hoping to have about 6 eventually. The original hen is sitting on another clutch at the moment and I'm considering moving her into the run so that she can raise her own chicks safely. I'm still researching the best way to do that though, she's quite wild and I don't want to stress her too much and make her abandon the eggs. I've already fenced off a section of the run and prepared it for her.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings, chameleon, and :welcome! Happy you joined our flock! Best wishes. :yiipchick
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thank you for adopting the chicks and giving them a fighting chance.

    Good luck!
  7. chameleon

    chameleon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you all for the warm welcome [​IMG][​IMG]
  8. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Oooh, I do hope you are able to rescue mumma hen also chameleon. Please let us know how you go?
  10. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2016

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