Hello all my name is Jacob and I am a new member the the BYC. The family and I decided we wanted to do a little back yard farming so we got some chickens and ducks. To be specific we have 2 pekin ducks, 5 amber links, 4 jersey giants (I think, I did not buy them) 3 Easter Eggers, 3 isa browns and 1 ameraucana. My wife has been banned from the chicken store... I had chickens when I was younger but this is my very first own flock. I am just finishing up the final touches on the chicken palace. The flock stays in the coop for the night and they get to free range most of the day. We lost one of our pekin ducks when she was about 3 months old she got foamy eye and then started having a bunch of seizures we did all we could but in the end she got called up to the big coop in the sky. That's when my wife decided we needed a duck and 7 more chicken to replace her... Today we had a bit of a flock emergency while the flock was out roaming the yard and filling there belly with all the yummy greens and bugs a fox got ahold of my drake pekin. I was shocked because it happened in the middle of the afternoon, luckily I heard the commotion from all the other chickens and got out there before things got real bad. He has a couple puncture wounds on him, one bad one near his hind quarters just above his right leg and another on his left chest/ neck area. The fox was smaller so I think it was young and just looking for an easy meal. We have put him in a brooding coop for the night and I have put some antibiotic ointment on the wounds. He seems in good spirits though still eating and drinking so I hope he will pull through I dont want to lose another duck. My wife and I have a 6yr old daughter and we also have 2 small dogs one is a Boston terrier/ pug mix and the other is a yorkie/ Chihuahua. Anyway I just wanted to say Hi and thanks for all the great info I have found on this awesome group and now that I am a member it will be even better!