New Member from Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by busyteacher, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. busyteacher

    busyteacher Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey everyone! Just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. I am not new to chickens as animals, but I am new to raising them for eggs. My dad is a contract grower so I grew up working in those houses. A year ago we decided to start raising chickens so that we could have fresh eggs. I started with 24 eggs in incubators in my classroom. *We were hatching eggs to study the life cycle of a chicken. Turns out all those birds are meat birds so we did the most humane thing we could and butchered them and canned the meat. We then purchased 11 hens and 1 rooster. The first night we didn't prepare well and lost two birds to an owl. After last nights raid by what we think was a bobcat we are down to 8 hens. We now have 1 Aracauna, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Barred Rocks, and 3 Black Australorp. All our hens are laying and have great personalities.

    I found this site through a search engine and have visited it from time to time but decided today would be a good day to join because I needed help with out predator situation. Although I do not know a whole lot maybe what we have learned through trial and error can help someone.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG] from Kansas! I'm kind of a busy teacher myself and my summer is almost over! [​IMG] Glad to have you on the forum!
     
  3. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC. Hope you enjoy the site and return often.
     
  4. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great info about predator-proofing here. Just search the forum!
     
  5. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Hi, from Big Bear Calif, always good to meet another feather brainier. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Hi and welcome to BYC! I'm so sorry for the loss of your chicks.[​IMG] It's very nice to meet you. Good luck securing the coop and I hope there are no more losses. I know a lot of people are happy with 1/2 inch hardware cloth. I wished we would of used it for the run. My Hubby used welded wire with a chicken wire skirt along the bottom. We built our coop inside the garage which is very safe from predators when the doors are closed.
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. So sorry about your losses [​IMG] There's lots of great info on BYC about predator proofing.
    Good luck with your chickens [​IMG]
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] From NJ. Good luck with the predators--they are a constant problem.
     
  9. alabamayardbird

    alabamayardbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from alabamayardbird
     
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     

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