new hens in the Virgin Islands

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Topshotta, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Topshotta

    Topshotta New Egg

    I live in the Virgin Islands and am tired of paying $6 for a dozen organic eggs....I have never owned chickens before, but how hard can it be? My neighbors had some and I helped them a little before my roommate's dog killed them all... sorry.
    Roommate is gone so I figured i'd start a flock of my own!
    I ordered six Plymouth Rock hen pullets and am impatiently waiting for them to arrive any day now.
    Not entirely sure what my own dog will think. I have a five year old female blue pit bull. She hates cats but doesn't really know what to think about the wild chickens in my neighborhood. Guess we will all have to be properly introduced!
    Got some land cleared and coop is being built tomorrow by my construction worker friends whom I bribed with beer and BBQ.
    So far very impressed with this website and its information. I'm sure it will be coming in real handy.
    Will post more as the excitement unfolds!
  2. SA Farm

    SA Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2013
    Ontario, Canada
  3. Chickenloving

    Chickenloving Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2012
    Clucking along
    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Chicken-raising is a little harder that expected. Don't get too ambitious. [​IMG] My dog was 7 years old when I got my first chickens. She is acutely scared of the chickens, now, because she would get in trouble if she touched them. She was mostly nice to them, so, that should work out fine. Make sure their coop is study and completely fences all over. Many predators like chickens or eggs. Good luck. [​IMG] If you have any questions, just ask.
  4. Chickenloving

    Chickenloving Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2012
    Clucking along
    Meant completely fenced in. [​IMG]
  5. Topshotta

    Topshotta New Egg

    I have a couple things going for me so far at least. Coop will be built on my septic so it will have a cement floor. We don't really have the typical predators most places do. All I have to discourage are rats and mongoose (like small ferret that will certainly like eggs). Some feral cats but they stay away due to the dog.
    Hoping to allow free range once they get older as I have an acre of land and 80 undeveloped acres around me :)
    Thanks for the responses- any advice welcome!
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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