In the Brooder
- Jul 15, 2016
Hey there, Call me Kaf, Kaffer, Kfer, Ker, really you can call me anything you like. I started getting chickens Feb into March, we would get 4 babies at a time. At one point I had 19 chick/s/ens. We saved the life of a newborn that farm supply gave us. Heat and some force feeding of electorates and chicken feed. Sooner than later the sadness started falling on us... Lost a baby or 2 to some hawks, lost a large baby to a hawk. It took it five feet from my girlfriend and I. I then lost 4 in one night. Something got in the roof of my coop :...( Of course what ever it was took 3 of the favorites. Here we have Coyotes, Raccoons, Skunks, Deer, and we have seen a Bob Cat a few years back. Of course a few other wild critters. Garden Snacks, other snakes, my cat brought a Ferret / Weasel home once, Rabbits, variety of birds, and I spotted a possum once. Well since the fall of last 4 my coop has been stabilized and I haven't lost any since. Phew that was a rough month. Well now most of my chickens are large enough that I am starting to feel these dang hawks can't carry them. Still unsure, those hawks got to eat and they got to feed there babies. Man vs Chickens vs Wild has been an interesting start... Anyways I got my chickens for a couple reasons. Egg produces, manure, and girlfriend/I enjoy having animals. Sometimes I find myself sitting with them for hours becoming one with them heh.. I'm also lucky to live on some land where space and neighbors are a few acres apart. So my story really starts here... As of right now our chickens spend to much time in there coop, but soon they will be spending most of there days unsupervised near and under the oak trees. I'll be here on the forum to get the best help and ideas of there future, and of course to share what I have to offer. I plan on integrating some vitamins and minerals into there water supply soon. Mostly things that will help them fight off any ailments that could arise. I'll be finalizing some nesting boxes. I'm hoping to add a small chicken door soon. Something safe like so the chickens can get through but other animals will have a rough time. I noticed the chickens are pretty good at flying, I have some great ideas to utilize there flight as a safe and sure way the ground animals couldn't get to them. I also plan on training them a bit for wild encounters when everything is in place. Ah the sunshine is coming out, I've got to go soon. Well long story short I've learned long ago to understand and communicate with my chickens, its best to think and be a chicken Peck peck, persnickety peck peck bwwaaaaaaaaaaaakkkkk. I'm looking forward to being part of community. See you around.