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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by zuluchicken, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. zuluchicken

    zuluchicken In the Brooder

    Hi Folks.

    I am back on BYC. I had to let my flock go due to neighbors getting really unpleasant. We were previously from Empangeni in Zululand, South Africa but has moved (June 2014) to a farm in the Overberg area near the coastal holiday village Witsand of the Western Cape province of South Africa.

    I can now keep my chickens at my hearts content with no one to complain. Shortly after arriving on the farm I ordered 15 day old Buff Orpington chicks and used an existing coop on the farm. All went well up to about 18 weeks when I lost all of them in a matter of two days to a predator (Scunk/ Muishond in Afrikaans)

    I had to rebuild my coop from scratch making 100% sure that it is predator proof. I ordered 16 new Buff Orpington chicks and so far so good. Three died due to fighting and I ended up with 8 pullets and 6 roosters. I swapped 5 of the roosters from my neighbor for 5 pullets.
    (He needed new blood for his huge flock) They are 20 weeks old and should be laying soon.

    I enjoy them very much and it is so nice to be able to keep chickens without petty neighbors on my back any more. It is great to be back!!!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC!

    So sorry you have had so much trouble with neighbors and predators!! The neighbors can ruin your life if they intrude too much upon you. And predators are just ruthless.

    Sorry you lost some chicks to aggression. But it sounds like you are back on track now. Enjoy all your poultry adventures and welcome to our flock!
  3. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Crowing

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    [​IMG] welcome back. I wish you the best in your new location!
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could rejoin the flock! Sorry to hear you had so much trouble with your neighbours and predators. Hope you have much better luck this time in your new home.

    Enjoy your new chickens and being back on BYC :frow
  5. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to rejoin.
  6. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop
    [​IMG]Welocme to BYC!!! It is an aweosme forum (the BEST in the world) and has a great comminity!!! Hopr you have a great time and learn A LOT!
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome Back To BYC!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome back to the flock, hope all your chicken problems are all behind you.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome![​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community.

    I'm sorry that you lost all your chicks![​IMG] I hope the remaining ones keep safe and stay healthy.[​IMG]
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    I'm sorry for your losses. [​IMG]

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