New guy.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CLICKBANGBANG, Feb 26, 2015.


    CLICKBANGBANG In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2015
    I just regestered while looking around for a few answers and thought I'd say hi. I've been raising birds for eggs, meat, show, dog training, and pets for the last 26 years. I've kept better than 20 breeds of birds over the years and have had a lot of fun. We sell eggs and my kids love helping me out with the chores.

    I'm down to just a few birds right now. I can't stand not having a good size flock. But I do have 7 Leghorns in the brooder (6 hens and a cockerel), and 15 chicks with 5 turkeys on order. So I'm very exited to be back up to the 30-40 bird mark. That seems to be what works best for me. I'm trying out the Buff Orpingtons and Delaware for the first time, and am reordering some breeds I've had in the past. I love a very colorful looking flock!

    Pictured is what I've got in the yard right now. After feeding a coyote a fast moving lead pill, and ridding some local dogs with irrespocible owners, my numbers are stable again. Black Australorp rooster and hen. They are both a little skittish, and he is not at all aggressive. I'm glad about this, as he has 2-2.5" spurs. The hen goes broody twice a year and has hatched chicks for me. My two speckle Sussex hens are very friendly and good layers of medium eggs. The Gold Sex links are great layers along with the production reds (I don't believe they are RIR). My Leghorns that I hatched from my neighbors birds in my incubator are two months old now, and will be going into the coop soon. I can't wait as I'm needing the eggs! :)

  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Feel free to make yourself at home and be a part of our community!
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2015
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the flock, so glad you joined Backyard Chickens. I have heard often that Black Australorps are a great breed to have and non aggressive. Neighborhood dogs running amuck are one of the most common predators along with coyotes and raccoons. Of course the dog owners don't care, they just go out and buy another dog to turn loose. Some things never seem to change.
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

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

    Glad you could join the flock! Love your pic! Good luck with adding your leghorns and the new chicks and turkeys you have on order. Hope you don't have any more dog attacks that must be very upsetting losing flock members that way.

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    You have a lovely flock! Feel free to ask any questions you may have. We'll be happy to help in any way we can.[​IMG]

    CLICKBANGBANG In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2015
    Hey, thanks! I do like the Australorps. Good birds.

    I only loose chickens in the spring when predators are nursing. I'm guessing their diets need to be higher to feed their young, so they are more aggressive hunting for food. That's when I find them looking at my chickens. While the raccoons are just after the trash here, the possums have a taste for chickens. Outside of the spring season, I don't have too many issues with wild predators.

    I've got the domestic dogs thinned out right now. Between the local sheep farms, caving pastures, and my place, a rogue dog doesn't last long. But they can do a ton of damage before someone IDs and catches up with the dog.
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    You have some beautiful birds! Good luck with all of your poultry.
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. Thanks for posting the pics. Black Australorps are my favorite standard breed. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds), and they are extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children and granddaughter made lap pets of them), and excellent layers of large, brown eggs. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.

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