Introducing myself, from Ocean County, New Jersey

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JamesE1943, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. JamesE1943

    JamesE1943 Hatching

    Aug 30, 2014
    Been raising backyard chickens for over ten years. Now have 25, various breeds (White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, a Sultana rooster, a Buff Orpington, an Araucana, etc. Had more Buffs and Araucanas, but hawk incursions have been devastating.

    Also have a Chinese White goose I adopted over ten years ago. Healthy and nasty tempered.

    Last summer I bought six duckings from a local Agway -- straight run. Four survived the perils of growing up next to a forest. The lone female hatched a clutch of four in late Spring, but I lost them to long-tailed weasels before I knew such varmints even existed. Later, she hatched twelve, which I have raised in more secure quarters. They all appear to be healthy juveniles, about eight weeks old.

    Looking forward to meeting many on this forum.

    Thanks for taking the time to read, and feel free to say, "Hi."

  2. McCluckles

    McCluckles In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2014
    Small-town Ontario
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!
    Thats quite a sizable flock you have!
    Hope you can find some helpful information on this website!
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2014
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Giacomo. Glad you decided to join our flock. Sorry about your losses to hawks. You have a nice mixed flock. I also have 25 chickens (all hens, no roosters) in my flock. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.

  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

    Sorry to hear about the hawk losses![​IMG]

  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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

    So sorry for all your losses. But it sounds like you have a lovely flock!

    Enjoy all your adventures with them and welcome to our roost!

  10. JamesE1943

    JamesE1943 Hatching

    Aug 30, 2014
    Thanks to all for the warm welcome.

    I didn't mention that my father was a backyard chicken wrangler. This was from the early fifties to about 1990. He had even less property to house his birds than I do, about 3/4 of an acre. But it was in Beltsville, Maryland, where the USDA had a an incredible amount of research farms and offices. No one gave it a second thought.

    My job was to clean the coop, which I hated. In the fitties no one seemed to have heard of dust masks back then, so after I was finished I'd be spitting up black phlegm for a couple of days.

    I took up the "hobby" after my father had passed. In part in memory of him, plus I had the opportunity to rescue some chickens (and the goose). I had the property (2-1/4 acres), but no coop. A couple of friends helped me build one -- 8' x 8' with a secure outdoor enclosure the same size. Then I added on a 4' x 16' secure run.

    A couple of years later, i had a 6' high fence (combination of boards and farm fence) built. It was 64' x 84' so that the birds had plenty of free range. But with the free range space came the hawks. And the foxes. And the opossum. Now I lock them down each night, thereby foiling the night marauders.

    The hawks continue to be a problem. My wife scared one off this past week while I was at work.

    Peace and healthy flocks to all,

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