Love our chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mike48, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Mike48

    Mike48 New Egg

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    We are always looking for answers about our chickens and learning something new all the time. This is perfect.

    I got the hankering to get chickens a few years ago when some friends had them and I began to do a little research. I love eggs and love animals so my interest grew. My wife thought I was nuts, but her love of animals won her over quickly. She now enters the home with "How are our babies doing?"
    We got our first six chickens 2 years ago. I built a small coop attached to the side of our backyard shed with access to the nesting boxes from the shed. 2 of our first group ended up being Roosters which I quickly learned would not workout, when I came home and they had bloodied each other.
    Our backyard is fenced in, so we are able to let them free range. We have 3 children and its been a great learning experience for them as well as entertainment for all our friends.
    Our initial group was 2 Rhode Island reds, 2 Aracauna, and 2 Barred Rock. We added this past May 3 Buff Orpington, 1 Americana, and 1 Rhode Island.
    We still have 1 Rooster that rules the backyard but is my wife's favorite, he eats out of her hand and loves her to pick him up. I on the other hand have to be careful not to turn my back on him :)
    We also have an Australian Shepard, and 2 cats and everyone amazingly gets along (or at least tolerates on another).
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    I added this temporary run outside the shed as we slowly introduce new chickens to the flock. We love our chickens!
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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] That's a nice looking set-up. What does the sign say?
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  4. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Keep an eye on the rooster, he thinks your wife is one of his hens and you are another rooster.
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased to have you in our flock!! Good luck and best wishes!
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - that's an attractive coop set up.
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  10. Mike48

    Mike48 New Egg

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    thanks. "chicken xing" the sign says.
     

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