Just joined but have been reading for awhile.....

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by qtrhorsegirl1, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. qtrhorsegirl1

    qtrhorsegirl1 New Egg

    Nov 4, 2015
    I recently lost my whole flock to a dog I trusted for 5 years with my chickens.... I'm devastated. My pride and joy Rocky (rooster) and several hens I've had for 8 years along with 5 new beautiful hens I recently purchased. I'm just now being able to write about it, I have seen on this website others have had losses to. Maybe a way of healing. I told my DH I am done with chickens its to painful, however he had different ideas. He came home on Monday with a box full of chicks... He told me to get back on the horse!!! I'm rusty on raising chicks (its been 8 years) so THANK YOU so much for all the great info I have found on this website.. (the dog is no longer an issue)
  2. KatharinetheGr8

    KatharinetheGr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2015
    Salem, SC
    So sorry to hear of your losses and I'm sorry it was sad circumstances that brought you to this online community. You'll find loads of information on the site regarding your new chicks and many of the members (not me yet, unfortunately) hold an invaluable wealth of knowledge on all things chicken. Hope you find some comfort in the new babies you're raising to help you get through the grief. You're surrounded by people who understand your feelings on this site!
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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm sorry about your losses to the dogs. It's always sad to lose some of our flock. :eek:( There is a good article at http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/07/11-tips-for-predator-proofing-chickens.html on predator proofing your flock. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock. I agree with your husband. Having a flock will bring you new memories. Sadly personal dogs and cats are too often the assailants .

    You never hear of chickens killing a dog or cat, the odds are greatly stacked against them. [​IMG]
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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  6. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
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  7. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I'm sorry for the loss of your birds, especially through a dog you trusted. I think that was a wonderful thing your husband did, bringing you new chicks like that. New chicks are so cute and it's fun to watch them grow up, you'll be able to make some new fun memories with them. What breed did you get?

    Good luck with your new flock, it's nice to have you here!
  8. qtrhorsegirl1

    qtrhorsegirl1 New Egg

    Nov 4, 2015
    You are a God send!! I'm about to break out crying again and I went back to look at this post... I haven't talked about my new chicks much, I think I'm distancing myself. I have two little Polish (my DH likes them because they look like they have hats on) RIR sexlinks (guaranteed to be hens) not sure how that works ..love some feed back on that.. 3 ameraucanas and 2 buff orpingtons (so far my favorite) super sweet!!
  9. abuckalew

    abuckalew New Egg

    Nov 6, 2015
    so sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my duck to a stray dog earlier this year and then my dog was proudly laying on her body when I walked outside. (I know it was the stray that at least started it since we had been having trouble with the butt head for a month or two). I'm still sad, I still miss her, but we got ducks to help teach (we homeschool) and feed our children so I waited and built a coop-the original one was only big enough for my Sammy girl- and we are now proud owner of 6 khaki Campbell's. Maybe one day I'll buy another black duck so I can feel like Sammy is with me still, but she'll never be my Sammy girl.

    Enjoy his new journey. Chickens are like ppl, no two are the same but you learn to love each one for their differences.

  10. qtrhorsegirl1

    qtrhorsegirl1 New Egg

    Nov 4, 2015
    Your words of encouragement mean more then you'll ever know!! Thank You

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