1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

New from Michigan

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by janl, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. janl

    janl New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    Sep 29, 2009
    marshall, Michigan
    Greetings fellow bird keepers!.....I'm new to the forum and excited about learning, sharing and helping whenever possible. I think I have an ideal set-up of a small barn with an attached flight pen for peas and female guineas to live in year round. Chickens (RIR) and some silkies are let out in the am and put back in the barn at night. Male guineas are out all day and fly up on top of the flight pen at night for protection. When winter starts to get bitter the male guineas are put in the barn so everybody stays warmer and protected through the winter. That seems like alot of coming and going but everybody gets their "needs" met and stays safe. It's been a learning experience as to what works best for my brood. I have figured out that by using clean straw in the bird barn, I only have to clean it out twice a year and refresh with new straw. that's pretty easy. The bird manure dries to a powder and sifts to the bottom of the straw which basically stays pretty clean. I had a female pea get loose during a cold spell for 8 days and when I got her home she had frostbitten feet. I dosed her upon wormer and antibiotic and after a few weeks her toes fell off and she now clumbers around on stubs. She does amazingly well and even flies up on a 2 X 4 perch to roost. She lays eggs, although some get crushed as she's not so nimble. I'm glad I was able to save her and hopefully my experience will be helpful to others.
     
  2. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Pepperell,MA
    [​IMG]
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    imp
     
  4. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    [​IMG] from WI
     
  5. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC from North Central Florida
     
  6. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    ~*~*~WeLcOmE to BYC~*~*~ from SWVA!
     
  7. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    8,427
    15
    263
    Aug 3, 2009
    [​IMG] from Texas!
     
  8. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
    [​IMG]
     
  9. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
  10. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    8,666
    12
    278
    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas size [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by