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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by paul67, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. paul67

    paul67 Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought four 1 week old pullets, two buff orpingtons, one light brahma, and one ameraucana and have almost completed the hen house and am working on their fenced yard,will post pics adventually. I am in southern California and am debating getting an automatic door opener/closer (advertised on this site) for protection against racoons, opposums and other pests. I am wondering if anyone has experience with these, pros/cons.
    I love the site and have learned alot already.
     
  2. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Hi there & welcome to BYC. You can't go wrong with those Buff Orps, they are the sweetest.
    I don't know a thing about the auto door thing. [​IMG]
    Anyways, nice to have ya.
    Miriam
     
  3. paul67

    paul67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Miriam, about the orpingtons. Are they good layers?
     
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    missusduray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also have orpingtons that are laying and yes, they are a good laying breed. Very consistent.
    Kristyne
     
  5. paul67

    paul67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Kristyne. I am father of two as well. Son Nathan 4 1/2 yrs and son Kyler 7 1/2months. Nathans genius idea to get the chicks.
     
  6. missusduray

    missusduray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My son is 3 1/2 and my daughter is one year. My kids think that the chicks are great. I fell in love with the buff orpingtons that I got free from my mother in law and i had to have chickies. I am enjoying the experience. How about you?
    Kristyne
     
  7. paul67

    paul67 Out Of The Brooder

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    Its all I want to do. Iam spending way to much time on these girls. I cant wait to move them into their new quarters.
     
  8. missusduray

    missusduray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a stay at home mom so I take care of kids and the pets and the house and now the chickens. I do all that and try to answer any questions on here that I can. When I was new here, it was frustrating not to get an answer. So I do my best to help others out.
    I understand how you feel. I feel like I should be there with them all the time.
    Kristyne
     
  9. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is strange how attached you become. I would've never thought that I could sit and watch some chickens for an hour and it would seem like a minute. They are so hilarious!!
    I am just dying because I know some of mine are going to turn out to be roosters and I want maybe ONE. It kills me that some are going to have to go, but I just don't have enough room. [​IMG]
     
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    ThunderStruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was contemplating the auto door as well, but my only concern was it closing and not all of my girls making it in in time.

    as for the chicks.....as a stay at home dad, and a caregiver to my mother i get to to spend a lot of time with em. most days its the most intelligent conversation i have all day [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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