Joining in from tropical Queensland

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CheleB, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. CheleB

    CheleB Songster

    Oct 2, 2013
    Hi to everyone. I see most of you are USA based but I thought you may like some input from a new chicken lover from Oz. I recently bought 8 various heritage breed chicks. Over here unless you're buying commercial layers there's no guarantee you'll get hens. My first 8 chicks, 1 Sussex, 3 RIR, 2 AL and 2 anconas. They grew beautifully and quickly. At 16 weeks 1 of my Ancona and my RIR started crowing. I sent photos of each of my birds to the breeder and turned out 4 were Roos. I was gutted, half my flock had to be returned as local laws forbid Roos. So I took the rood back and came home with 6 four week old chick. On the 2nd night a visiting scrub python helped himself to a $15 chicken dinner. The snakes here in Spring are thick on the ground so I moved the chicks into a cage inside the main coop (should have done this in the beginning but lack of experience I guess). They are now 9 weeks old so as soon as they get just a bit bigger I'll let them run together. I find BYC has been an invaluable resource for an 'L' plater like me. Also got my first egg from one if my RIR's yesterday. She's just turned 20 weeks. With all the ruckus you would think she was passing a BMW. Couldn't find a car but found the egg, small and she laid it up high so it fell down and broke. My girls free range after lunch each day and are learning the 'no go' zones as I'm teaching them with a double clap the wrong spots. As soon as they hear the double clap they take off like the wind up to the back of the yard. They're surprising smart. I now have in total 9 birds. I just hope none of the new chicks turn out to be Roos. Will post some pics in the future. Hope you enjoyed hearing from Oz.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
  3. atabby

    atabby In the Brooder

    Welcome to BYC! I'm new on here too, we got our chicks on Saturday!

    Fingers crossed for no more roos!!!
  4. CheleB

    CheleB Songster

    Oct 2, 2013
    Hi atabby. What breed did you get and where are you from. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have. Can't figure out how to add pics any hints? I don't have a web site I just take pics with my phone. Am interested to know what kinds of things you have crop up with your chicks. I've had pythons, goannas, hawks and sea eagles. Seems chooks are on most menus.
  5. rachmickmurphy

    rachmickmurphy Chirping

    Sep 3, 2013
    hi CheleB theres lots of aussie members here theres a couple of aussie threads. Goannas and hawks are bad here. sorry that you have to part with your boys,roos are just gorgeous to look at. not sure how you upload pic with a phone i couldnt either and had to pull the laptop out the cupboard.
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
  7. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

    Jun 21, 2009

    Glad you joined us!

    Caroline from Florida
  8. Teri Metcalf

    Teri Metcalf Songster

    Aug 22, 2013
    College Station, Texas
    Greetings from College Station, Texas. I love how the girls cackle their heads off to let the world know what they've accomplished when the have laid an egg. They are so proud of themselves.
  9. micah O

    micah O Chirping

    Sep 23, 2013
    at the computer.

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