New bird mom from Austin

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rinilope, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. Rinilope

    Rinilope New Egg

    Mar 7, 2017
    Hi, I am Carissa. I am a new bird mom to chickens and ducks. I am also the mom of three and a pediatric ICU nurse.

    We initially got 3 chicks (a buff orpington, a white Plymouth rock, and what is supposed to be a barred Plymouth rock, but appears to be some kind of bantam) and 3 ducks (crested white, Welsh harlequin, and khaki Campbell) 2 of the ducks died with some ailment that made their necks floppy and gasping for air and the third developed a feet problem that I fixed with duck shoes and now she seems to have a hip problem :( we replaced the first death (she was my daughter's and died on her birthday) with a crested khaki Campbell. All of my birds moved to their outside coop this week. The chickens are Sunshine, Harry Hood, and Pekka and the ducks are Starshoot (injured) and Cupcake Monster. Starshoot is getting more mobile and I think she will pull through. After we get back from spring break I will probably get two more ducklings. I am grateful to this community that has already helped fix Starshoot's feet. Looking forward to learning from and sharing this journey with you!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Carissa and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
  3. whoop whoop

    whoop whoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2015
    Rainbow Nation
    [​IMG] The more I read about ducks the more I think I must get some - or maybe geese better watchdogs I think. Amazing you can fix feet with duck shoes the mind boggles! I am sorry though about your daughter's duck that must be horrid for her and on her birthday.
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Welcome to BYC!

    Wow, that's rough! But I'm glad that Starshoot seems to be doing better now. :) In the future, you might want to avoid crested ducks, because they can have bad neurological problems. It's great to have you with us!
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2017
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Carissa, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! CTKen gave you some great advice so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
  6. CP Chicken

    CP Chicken Crazy about Turkens

    So glad you join med the BYC community! Sorry to here about the ducks!!!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. For the ducks, you can post on the "Duck thread," where knowledgeable folks can give great advice on them. So sorry for the losses.
  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you joined us and I hope you will make yourself at home here! :frow

  9. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I hope things go smoother from here!
  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Carissa [​IMG] Welcome!

    I am sorry to hear of your losses and hope it is all plain sailing from here.

    I also hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]

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