New clucky mom here!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cluckyMcChicky, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. cluckyMcChicky

    cluckyMcChicky Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, my names Carisa and this is my first time owning anything other than a dog or cat. This chicken idea was that of my husband and a friends. Our friend lives outside of town and thought we could keep them out there. We got our first set of birds a few months ago when they appeared in farm supply stores. We started with 13, then they were left outside during a big storm and we lost all but 3. Those were replaced and we had a total of 21! Already we've had our fair share of learning. One of our broilers had a problem with her crop. While we never quite figured out exactly what was going on we did treat it several different ways and ended up re-introducing her to the flock maybe a month ago after being separated for around 3 weeks. We also had a chick with pasty butt, that was fairly easy to treat. Our most recent learning experience was today. This morning I went out to take care of the ladies and we lost a third of our flock to a predator. only 3 bodies were in the run, there are 14 remaining alive and the others are no where to be seen. We had not been cooping them up at night because our friend/chicken partner decided he's not helping anymore and we live too far away to come out all the time. Well I took the time today to re-enforce the coop (it was pretty shoddy) and now we have a chicken door that locks and we will just have to take the time to coop them up at night. Within the next few weeks we will be living closer to them so this should not be a problem much longer.
    I'll be asking lots of questions so I can learn from the pros! This is definatly a different experience that cats and dogs!
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So sorry for all your losses! But it sounds like you are learning. Keeping chickens requires so much trial and error. Unfortunately chickens don't come with a manual. LOL I have had my share of mishaps, ups, downs, losses too.

    But that is why it is great that you could join BYC! If you have an issue, chances are, someone else has too and can help you through it!

    So be sure and ask any questions you may have. Spend some time looking around BYC and make yourself at home.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock! :)
     
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  3. cluckyMcChicky

    cluckyMcChicky Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you! I will need all the help I can get. I Have found that, suprisingly, there are no veterinarians in my area that work with chickens!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    You know, I don't have any poultry vets around either. But not too long ago, I desperately needed a vet to help me. So I contacted my regular cat and dog vet whom in the past refused to deal with birds as he doesn't know a thing about them! Well oddly enough, he had just hired an assistant that was a poultry nut! This lady now INSISTS he works on poultry!! Ha! I have HIT the jackpot!! Ha!

    So keep your ears and feelers listening, you never know when someone will pop into your town! :)
     
  5. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    Hey @cluckyMcChicky I am so happy you joined our roost at BYC! I would like to just say how sorry I am for everything you have lost and it is good you took priority to protect your flock I applaud you! Make sure you always have fun on here and help people as much as people help you even if it is in the slightest way :) I would like to welcome you with open arms! Yes this site is very helpful for all chicken related things! Since you are new to chickens I will leave you the link to the most prominent learning area on this site our Learning Center a place with updated articles for old and new chicken raisers! https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center I hope you enjoy BYC and make sure to post pictures of your flock and give us updates on how you are doing here https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/40/family-life-stories-pictures-updates I am happy you were able to follow your dream and get a flock of your own that is so nice! All the best of luck to you and your flock!
    Justin [​IMG]
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. Keeping chickens can be a rocky road at times, but it tends to get smoother with time.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, 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 - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    All the best
    CT
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Well it sounds like you survived the test by fire, hopefully things will go easier from this time on. Welcome to Backyard chickens - please avail yourself of the many good forums. If you can't find answers please do ask.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. Cluckcluck1215

    Cluckcluck1215 Overrun With Chickens

    Hello!welcome to BYC!so glad you joined!if you need help,feel free to PM me any time!i know some,and I'll do my best to help!
     
  10. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey Carisa, Welcome to the forums! The people here are all very helpful and friendly and I'm sure you'll be able to find answers to all your Chicken-related questions. I'm sorry for your loss, losing a pet is always sad, but I'm sure the remainder of your flock will be very happy living with you, you sound like a very kind and caring person - best of luck with your hens! :)
     

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