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telsono

In the Brooder
5 Years
Sep 15, 2014
32
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Hi, my wife and I obtained four birds through a sort of barter. She is a hair cutter and one of her long time clients couldn't keep the chickens that his son had. we traded haircuts for the birds. We have started with the four birds, a white Crested Polish, a Silver duck Wing OEGB and two Silkies (white and black). they have quickly become part of our family. Our two dogs (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) have been great with them. One acknowledges that they are there but little else and the other is very interested, more like trying to care for them, sort of a chicken shepherd. Coco our OEGB gives her a poke now and then to keep her behaved. Lana isn't obtrusive, but wants to smell their bottoms, like dogs do to greet each other.

Mike
 

Kelsie2290

Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Feb 18, 2011
36,684
4,934
586
Ohio
Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sounds like you have a cute little flock. Nice trade!
 

Wyandottes7

Crowing
6 Years
Jul 24, 2013
20,586
1,312
401
Welcome to BYC!
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We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
 

TwoCrows

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BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Mar 21, 2011
47,959
107,305
1,712
New Mexico, USA
My Coop
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Hello there and welcome to BYC!
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Great that the dogs are ok with the chickens. Most dogs see chickens as dinner! So just be careful with them.

Good trade! Enjoy your new flock and welcome to ours!
 

telsono

In the Brooder
5 Years
Sep 15, 2014
32
2
24
We have a bench near the coop the dogs prefer to sit on it and my lap and just watch the chickens. they sniff at the birds but nothing more. Mei Mei will only not allow the chickens in the house. Hilly as SF is, our backyard is terraced with a retaining wall along one side, chain linked fence along two more sides and the house securing the last. We let our flock roam the backyard freely, but make sure they are tucked away for the night. Una, our Polish, will roost upon the coop in the evenings. After I finish cleaning up for the night, I put her back into the coop before going in myself. Lana will always come out to supervise what I do to make sure the chickens are safe.
I bought a 30 pound feeder as the smaller feeders were troublesome. When I began to see rat (roof rats, not norways) and mice feces that troubled me so I built a container for the feeder to protect it from rodents and the weather. The front has a ramp like door that comes down for the chickens to get to the feeder which I close up for the night. The slanted roof is oversized to cover for the rain and is hinged to allow access to the feeder to refill it. No, I am not that much of a handyman, it's rough, but works well for our purpose.
 

telsono

In the Brooder
5 Years
Sep 15, 2014
32
2
24
Sorry, not me, we obtained what was supposed to be two Cuckoo Marans pullets (4 week old) and one is probably a rooster. San Francisco allows a limited number of chickens. There is no direct reference to roosters, but a noise nuisance clause is in the city regulations. I'm probably going to keep the roo, but one is more than enough.
 

Michael OShay

Crowing
5 Years
May 14, 2014
25,581
2,436
438
Montana
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Do be careful with your dogs. As many BYC members can attest (often to their own sorrow), even seemingly benign dogs will suddenly and unexpectedly (especially when unsupervised) decide to chase, and even kill the chickens, and once a dog does this, it is almost impossible to break it from doing it again. There are exceptions, but dogs and chickens do not usually mix well. 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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