I have a homestead of 10 hectares in Africa! Tired of the rat race of the city!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by vivienneschultz, May 2, 2016.

  1. vivienneschultz

    vivienneschultz New Egg

    May 1, 2016
    Hello all chicken lovers!!

    I have a small holding for 5 months and went on a frenzy to buy every cute poultry at the local farmers auction. A turkey breeding pair, Koekoek Orpington x 6 hens and 1 cock, 2 golden lace (wonderful mommies), 6 mascovy ducks, 3 geese, ....and my latest was the 200 day old chicks that i wanted to do an experiment on by raising them free range and grassfed. But 20 died at 8 weeks. Winter is coming!

    I found out about backyard chickens in my desperation to find out how to raise 170 chicks outside in a free range way.

    I have 15 white dorper sheep and also have no experience... but i love them and i feed them carrots for snacks.
    I also have grey bunnies who just got 5 babies and also need to know how to tame the baby bunnies ( as the parents are not tame)

    I am 50 yrs old and its my first experience with small scale animal husbandry. I live in Magaliesburg region Gauteng - 1 hour from Johannesburg and 1 hour form Pretoria. My main skill lies in personal development- and I am setting up the farm to become a farm experience.
    Cheers Viv
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Viv. I think you need to do some research before you get any more new animals. You can learn a lot about poultry on the "Learning Center" above .For specific
    duck info. please check out the Duck threads. BYC has sister sites, one for livestock which should cover your sheep. Lots of bunny raisers who can give you some basic info.

    Day old chicks are very fragile, especially without a mom to keep them warm and show them what is good to eat./drink. Chicks don't really eat grass like grass fed cattle. Long blades can cause crop impaction, which could have led to some deaths. They need chick feed. They are also defenseless and any predator could pick them off.

    I'm sure others can tell you more.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Viv and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    DD has given you some good advice and i would imagine that the South Africa members may also be able to help out - i would imagine that theres an SA thread (will check after i post this).

    I know a couple of friends that started out "big" with their chicken-keeping businesses, only to suffer serious losses. IMO, its better to start small, and build up gradually, as you experience grows. As we both know, chickens are everywhere throughout the whole continent, and so are diseases. Maybe you may wish to consider reading up on those.

    Best wishes


    Cant see a definitive SA thread, but you can post on the "where am i? where are you?" forum and hopefully get some responses from members down there.
    Last edited: May 2, 2016
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

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