intro post/chicken newb in santa clara county, ca

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nicoh, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. nicoh

    nicoh Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 24, 2010
    Los Gatos, CA
    hi everyone.

    I'm happy to have found this board, I think like 17 of my questions were answered by reading the previous posts. I still have a few, so I can annoy y'all with them later. [​IMG]
    I have 3 pullets/hens (buff cochin, welsummer, and blue andalusian) - they are now 6 months old and all have started laying about three weeks ago, though the andalusian is sort of lackadaisical about it compared to the other two, who lay nearly every day right now . They are funny little creatures. I also have an old cat, and the dominant chicken (the welsummer, she's huge and very territorial of her "flock", which clearly includes the cat, she lets him drink out of her favorite bowl only after she's had a few sips) has taken to defending him against the neighbor cats. I have a six year old daughter, and the chickens follow her around the yard because they've learned she drops things like raisins and cheerios. She thinks they just love her best. When we got our chicks last may, we wanted to get an EE too, so we could have the fun colored eggs, but that chick turned out to be a boy and we rehomed him. I got suspicious when i noticed he was so much prettier than the other birds. Also, the crowing.

    I'm in a suburban unincorporated santa clara county, ca near los gatos and south san jose. My neighbors are ok with the hens, one of them loved the rooster and the other two hated him. In my non-backyard chicken life, I also garden, do tech work, and try to be a good dad for my kid. I will be posting soon in the appropriate forums about 1.) the rain and trying to keep the chickies mud-free (i suspect this is a losing battle) 2.) why does the welsummer honk like a goose instead of cluck softly like the others? and 3.) why does my not-so-bright cat try to eat layer pellets and then get really sad about it not being cat food? A few layer pellets are ok for a dumb cat, right?

    ok, well, thanks,
  2. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Welcome, from Eastern Wa. 1. If you freerange it is hard to keep them out of the mud. If the mud is in the run you can put straw on top of the mud then rake it out when things dry out. 2. Chickens are weird. 3. It won't kill the cat.
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. mgw said it right. [​IMG]
  4. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    [​IMG] from Alabama.. Glad you have found some answers to your questions.. You will learn alot here.
  5. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from North Carolina
  6. CountryRoosterUSA

    CountryRoosterUSA Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from N.W. Tennessee
  7. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    [​IMG] from Ohio

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