Joining the Chicken Crew - Take Two

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DeniseL, May 19, 2012.

  1. DeniseL

    DeniseL Chirping

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    So we're on attempt #2 with chickens. Attempt #1 in 2011 was catastrophically derailed when a raccoon got into the chicken tractor coop portion by removing the side and killed our three birds. We have latched, screwed, and padlocked the poor tractor to pieces and are hoping it is now raccoon proof. Hubby heard raccoons outside tonight so we may find out sooner rather than later.

    We currently have 4 in our flock: Tetrazzini (a Plymouth Barred Rock), Marsala (a Black Australorp), Paprikash (a Gold Laced Wyandotte), and Florentine (a Java). Last year's crew we an Australorp, Ameracauna, and a Rhode Island Red.

    Stumbled onto BYC looking for help on getting the girls to go up the ramp at night into the coop - going to try a light and locking them in for a couple days. Could be in trouble now that I have access to a chicken community. ;) Hubby and I have both wanted chickens for several years and finally took the plunge last year. Our three year old is in love and asks to check on the chickens several times a day.

    We also have a dog and three cats, four fish, two steer, and two goats. Not exactly a farm but it seems like it some days.

    Thanks for the great resource. Looking forward to talking chicken!

    Denise
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    Hello Denise, welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us.
     
  3. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Hello and :welcome

    So sorry that you lost your flock last year! I hope everything goes well for you from hereon in. Locking your chickens into the coop might be the way to go, I've heard of tales of the light in the coop having no effect. Hopefully they should get the hang of it soon! :woot

    Don't hesitate to ask any quesitons you might have, and enjoy the site :D
     
  4. WatWasIThinking!!!

    WatWasIThinking!!! Chirping

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    [​IMG] Hope second time around goes a lot better.
     
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
     
  7. HenFriend

    HenFriend Chirping

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    Hi from Wales, and good luck with your new chicks.
     
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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    [​IMG]& [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Good luck [​IMG]
     
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. I have used a radio with my meat birds at night. We have it on a timer to come on at dark and goes off in the morning. I haven't had a problem with coons since. :thumbsup
     

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