Moon Valley area of Phoenix

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hbode, Jun 26, 2015.

  1. hbode

    hbode New Egg

    Jun 26, 2015
    I am a new chicken owner and I have four girls that I got at 2 days old. I may be the first chicken owner in this area. The girls, Blanche, Sophia, Rose and Dorothy are all different breeds and love being outside in their coop. They are almost 6 weeks old and used to my two heeler dogs. Their run just got finished but I worry about racoons,owls, hawks and my entire yard surrounded by oleanders. How much range time do the need? Will they peck the leaves? Thanks for any help!
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Sounds like your girls are really enjoying things there. Is your run covered? That would be the best way to keep predators out and your girls safe. Hard wear cloth too rather than chicken wire helps to keep predators out. If you are really worried about predators I would only free range when you can supervise them.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with them in the future. Be sure to ask all the questions you need to, everyone here to help and very friendly.

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  3. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jun 23, 2015
    Welcome to BYC!

    I've heard people say you shouldn't let chickens near oleander and others say their chickens scratch around and rest under the bushes without a problem. Different chickens act differently, so its really your own personal choice.

    Hope this helps. Best of luck!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Won't your heelers drive off predators? I know someone who had a red heeler and she would drive hawks away (jumping in the air at them) and keeping squirrels up in the trees.
  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! :)
  6. hbode

    hbode New Egg

    Jun 26, 2015
    Thanks everyone! The girls are doing great and they have been laying an egg a day. They think I am the big rooster...they always squat when I come in their run. They mob me when I come in and won't even eat treats until I leave. They sometimes fly out of the run and hang with the dogs. Add the cat, who totally ignores the girls and is feasting on the new rat population, and its just one big happy family!
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - everyone getting along fine seems idyllic!

    All the best


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