Hola from Costa Rica!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dammad, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. Dammad

    Dammad In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2015
    I live in Costa Rica and have been gleaning info. from BYC for almost a year now. We acquired 8 hens and a rooster almost a year ago to control our tick population on our farm. We started out with a red/buff Frizzle, 3 Australorp, 2 red longhorns and a Rhode island Red and a beautiful rooster which I have no idea what the breed is. The Frizzle and RIR went broody and hatched 3 chicks each, only 1 each were female, we got rid of the roosters....we also recently lost the rooster and all the hens are happier without him around! The two new hens have just started laying eggs! Our tick population is now in 'check' and we are gathering eggs every day. Some days we have 3, some days we have 5. I have yet to figure out who isn't laying.
    We are originally from Canada and have retired down here. We have never owned chickens but have always been around our grandparent's farms which had chickens. It certainly has been a learning curve! Our tick problem on our property is out of this world! We used to have to check for ticks every time we walked out of the house and our dogs were constantly getting sick from tick disease called Ehrlichia, we were told we didn't have a tick problem, we had a chicken problem....so we got chickens and within a week, the ticks were down to a dull roar (none on us, and maybe 12/dog/day) and now non-existent (maybe a couple/dog every few days). Plus the bonus is we get eggs! They have been a blast to watch. We did have a problem introducing the dogs to the chickens, but we bought shock collars for the dogs in anticipation of problems. The shock collars only had to be used once and only on the vibrate mode. Now one of our dogs actually hangs out with the chickens most of the day. We just introduced 2 Siamese cats to the family. One is a 1 yr. old rescue cat and he could care less about the chickens. The other is a 5 month old import from Canada and she spends all day, every day tormenting the chickens. She even bothers them in the coop and while on the nesting boxes. I am beside myself as to what to do with her. I have taken the garden hose to her, scolded her, smacked her and she still continues to torment them. Two of the chickens are so stressed, they haven't laid an egg in a week. If the dog shock collars were not so large, I would put one on her!! I'm hoping this is just a stage she is going through and she will get tired of the chase and give up eventually..... or am I being hopeful? It was funny at first, now it isn't funny, especially as she lays in wait to ambush on a perch inside the coop. The chickens are free range and don't have a 'run'. They have use of the entire property, so I can't isolate anyone.
    Any suggestions?

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great to have you onboard with us!

    Not really sure about what to do with your cat - maybe export her back to Canada? [​IMG]
    She may get bored eventually i guess, but i am not sure what to suggest - my chickens chase cats out of my yard, so i don't have any experience with problem cats.

    I seem to recall cat repellent sprays being available, but what effect that my have on your chickens i have no clue.

    Good luck and welcome once again
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  4. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Yes, cats can be a real problem. If you have some crotchety old hen, she might put the fear of chickens into the cat.
  7. Dammad

    Dammad In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2015
    Thanks for the warm welcome, for the forum links on cats and the other suggestions. I've been reading the cat posts and finding many of them entertaining! Hopefully the kitten will outgrow the need to chase the chickens. Unfortunately, the chickens are not brave enough to attack the kitten, so far, the kitten wins. I am convinced that all she wants to do is chase them. We shall see!

  8. AnimalsRmyLife

    AnimalsRmyLife Songster

    Dec 18, 2013

    Hope you continue to have a wonderful time here!

    Maybe it's possible the kitten is just curious and likes "playing" with the chickens?

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