I'm out of control

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Devastating, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. Devastating

    Devastating In the Brooder

    Feb 10, 2015
    South TX
    I mean I'd always liked chickens as much as any other animal but it's grown into more of an obsession over the past decade LOL.
    I've been lurking around for a few weeks and finally decided I need to join in on the discussions.

    hello, my name is Devery (you can call me Dev). I'm from south Texas and graduated from LSU (geaux tigers) last year, with a BS in animal science. This summer I will begin the process of applying to vet schools, which has been my lifelong goal.

    Anyway (here's the long history for those who care), I had my first flock while I was in middle school, after my family moved to our current home out in the country...it was a really great assortment of chickens, some ducks, and guineafowl. Once I started high school I joined the FFA and showed turkeys, but unfortunately the original free-ranging flock was gradually killed off by predators and our dogs, so other than yearly raising a new batch of show turkeys we went without poultry for several years. While in college I took several poultry science courses as part of my degree and competed on the poultry judging team, so I became further interested in the field. FINALLY we were able to get chicks to start anew last spring, just a few months after I graduated and returned home. Unfortunately many chickens were killed by a raccoon last month, before we moved them to the bigger and better new coop. the current flock includes a few red stars, one cuckoo marans, a white silkie, dark cornish, white frizzle cochin, couple of black bantams, and a giant white rooster that's probably jsut a leghorn, along with my brother's turkeys from this year. when spring comes we'll be getting more chicks, ducks, and guineas again. for now my dad has ordered a batch of bantams which will arrive soon, I'm very excited!

    along with the poultry I also have dogs, cats, a mare, donkey, mini horse, cockatiel, guinea pig, and 2 goats (which became 4 after the girl kidded last week!) My mini-aussie Axl and munchkin cat Mimi are my babies.

    Here are a couple of my favorite pics of the flock: the d'uccle which was lost, the black bantam, marans, and the white frizzle.
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  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Have loved reading your introduction. Sounds like you must be very busy with all the animals that you keep. Your white frizzle is beutiful, I love frizzles I have polish frizzles. Predators can be a real nightmare as you have found out with the losses you have suffered. Hopefully you have now been able to make your flock safe. I also love goats but unfortunatly just don't have the space or I would have them too. It's only lack of space that stops me. Your twin kids must be very cute!!
    Wishing you the very best of luck with all your animals in the future and on getting into vet school.

    Be sure to ask any questions you may have, everyone here to help and very friendly.
    Enjoy BYC :frow
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member 7 Years

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

    Your flock is adorable!! Love those frizzles. They are such interesting looking birds.

    Cute avatar. LOL

    Make yourself at home here and we do welcome you to our flock!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC, think you need to head to predator and coop sections so you can prevent more predator attacks. How does your mini aussie & cat like the chickens - rare or well done? Hope I am kidding.

    Did you know the potato looking thing in your avatar not only has eyes but, ears too - may be a wooly Idaho spud???? [​IMG]

  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    Those are some lovely birds! I'm sorry you lost the little D'Uccle.[​IMG]
  6. Devastating

    Devastating In the Brooder

    Feb 10, 2015
    South TX
    Thank you so much for the welcome everyone! And for the compliments on my avatar, lol, I love guinea pigs and this has gotta be one of my favorite pics. I'm looking forward to getting involved here, and learning a thing or two.

    @Yorkshire coop oh, I really love polish, topknot chicken breeds are my favorites! A frizzled one is doubly cute! I had a couple Polish in the original flock and we'll hopefully be getting some among the new chicks this spring.

    @drumstick diva thank you, luckily my parents and I have been hard at work setting up the new coop over the past couple months, it's located in the front yard a bit closer to the house/lights and is much bigger, better and more predator-proof than the old building. It's still a work in progress but since the move the flock has been safe and happy with their new pen and nest boxes, and there are an additional 2 separate sections/stalls of the building which will be used for multi-purpose like brooding chicks or separating birds (right now the goat and her kids are in one). I'll try to get some nice pics eventually!

    The first flock from years ago were free-ranging, so the ones not taken by predators were killed for fun by my dad's old lab, Hawk, and occasionally a sneaky neighbor dog. but poor old Hawk passed away a couple years ago, he was the only one of our pets so inclined to kill chickens so we decided it was appropriate to get small poultry again. My mini aussie and my dad's full-size aussie do occasionally chase bantams if we don't keep an eye on them, which we're working to control, but the black bantam rooster really knows how to keep them in line LOL.

    Here's a pic of the goat kids, they were born on the 4th! mom is a boer cross and their dad is a fainting goat. They are little cuties and already look like they've grown.
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Hey Dev! What great chickens and goats you have.
    Welcome to BYC and the coop. There are a lot of great peeps here! Ask questions and most of all make yourself at home. So glad you joined.

  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Wonderful pictures!
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! Your chickens are beautiful.

  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I love your flock! So lovely!

    And your avatar is funny! I have a guinea pig. I've seen that picture around before![​IMG]

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