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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wvcruffler, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. wvcruffler

    wvcruffler In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2009
    Elkins, WV
    Howdy all,
    New listmember from Randolph Co, WV.
    I have had chickens since 2003. There have been many ups and downs. At one time, I had 30+ barnevelders, cuckoo maran, and welsummers. A mink reduced that flock by 25 in about 90 minutes. Then I rebuilt with tractor supply chicks - Red Star, Easter Eggers, and an assortment of a few others. Due to attrition to dinner table, fox, coyote, feral dogs, a golden eagle, broad winged hawk, and perhaps others that I don't know about, I was down to 3 egger hens. Now I have a styrobator and Marsh Roll-X full of eggs set to hatch about 6 days apart (though temperature issues may change that). As I have largely been free ranging the chickens to control ticks, etc. I decided to try some game bloodlines to see if they have a bit more hardiness. I also have moved the Alpacas into the same field as the henhouse, which should help with the feral dog/coyote issues. Finally, my daughter is now 8 and has assumed many chores, including letting out/locking up the chickens every night. I suppose it will remain to be see how this goes. I also now have a 3 acre field with good fencing where I will be putting a few more chickens to walk about with 3 Llamas. We also have a old gray goose, about 10 mixed pekin ducks, and an assortment of our own dogs, rabbits, cats, etc.. My wife and I are family practice physicians (DO's) who do a rural practice here. The farm is 95 acres total. I have stumbled across this site and I hope to learn much, as so far it has been all trial and error.

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    Madisonville, TN
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    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
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  7. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    Hey Fellow West Virginian!! [​IMG] Welcome!!

    Im sorry to hear about your ups and downs but it seems you are learning a great deal and doing what you can to make things better. Moving other livestock into the field should help a great deal. The smell of them should scare away some predators and locking them up at night is key. Thank you dear daughter [​IMG]

    There is a wealth of knowledge on our coop forums and Im sure you could find out how to keep yours predator proof. Im fortunate in some ways, I guess. I live right near town and the only thing I have to worry about is the stray dog. Haven't even seen a hawk yet... knock on wood [​IMG]

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    Aug 21, 2008
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    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    [​IMG] Hi neighbor!!
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    Chaparral, New Mexico
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