new member intro

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by darandsam, May 1, 2009.

  1. darandsam

    darandsam Chirping

    Apr 14, 2009
    Hi, all!
    I love reading all the posts and thank you all for the wonderful information you give so freely.

    I became a chicken owner by default. a neighbor had them and I don't know the details but they ended up on their own. They had been coming over here for a couple of months eating the dropped bird feed and cat food I had out for a feral cat and digging in the pine needles. they always left at night and came back in the morning. One cold, rainy evening I looked out and saw three of them just standing under the clothesline and not moving. I told my son that I had to do something. He has a new truck so I couldn't put them in the garage and the house was a no, no. Six cats.
    I picked them up and put them under a large picnic table and there they stayed. We put a tarp over it and got them some straw and food and that's where they wintered over. We put a light in there for heat on very cold days and nights. I live in northern Michigan.
    they were two RIR'S and a rooster. The rooster has since made the pot since when spring came he was very loud, early and wouldn't shut up. The hens are just starting laying but he was an old guy. Ended up as cat food . He was a good protector and I do miss him.
    Built a cage and coop but one hen did not want to stay in. Unfortunately when the fox showed up she flew and that was her downfall. they have a chain link fenced 6x20 foot run and a 4' square coop.
    Bought a BA and a BR to go with them and they are sweet things.
    Fought lice and lost feathers with them but even with bare skin I think it is under control thanks to your help. Have managed to get mineral oil on the bare spots and that has helped.
    I lock them in at night because of coons, possum nearby and coyotes in the distance.

    Thanks, again!

    Darlene in Michigan
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  3. willowcol

    willowcol Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    That was so good of you to care for them. Glad they have you! [​IMG]
  4. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
    [​IMG] Great job on taking care of them, you are now hooked for life! [​IMG]
  5. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
  6. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Songster

    Dec 2, 2008
    hello from indiana and [​IMG]
  7. ChickenDogDuck

    ChickenDogDuck Songster

    Apr 25, 2009
    [​IMG] from Oregon [​IMG]
  8. Buckhorn Farm

    Buckhorn Farm OLD Country Girl

    Mar 30, 2009
    North Florida
    [​IMG] from FL
  9. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
  10. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Songster

    Mar 21, 2009

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