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Equiem

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Oct 28, 2018
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Hi BYC community! I'm Emily, I'm 25 and live in the UK! I have a dog, Betty and 3 ex battery hens that you will get to know below!
I hope to receive some advice and hopefully offer the very limited advice I have learnt in the short time I've had chickens. Here are some answered questions ~

Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

I'm fairly new to chickens. I rescued my first flock in March of this year - 5 hens when it should have only been 3 but there were extras and we had room. I'm in the UK so I rescued from the British Hen Welfare Trust. It was a bitter and snowy day when we picked them up! I had to learn things very quickly with the help of the internet and the BHWT help and advice line! They are ex battery hens and were destined for slaughter! The amount of money they cost me in vet bills doesn't matter - they're enjoying the life they are living and are 100% doted on by my mother and I! Much better than their fate if they weren't rescued!

How many chickens do you have right now?
I have three at present - Hetty (tiny, noisy boss lady), Gertrude and Prudence. I lost Florence and Miriam to egg peritonitis - they were put to sleep at the vets. You can always tell who has laid which egg - Hetty has the small ones, Prudence the medium and Gertrude the large eggs! They've all had something wrong with them except Prudence.. Hopefully she won't go down the same path but we shall cross the bridge when we get to it!

What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens?
Their characters! I could sit and watch them for absolute hours. I love watching them bathe. My girls run to the corner when they here the back door close because they think they're getting treats! Miriam used to bounce and flap her wings when she ran towards treats - may she rest in peace!

What are some of your other hobbies?
I love baking! I'm not very adventurous but the chickies eggs really help towards that hobby of mine! I've recently taken up soap making - not the DIY sort - the melt and pour, where you cut it up, melt it, add your own colourings, fragrance etc and pour into a mould! It's very therapeutic!

Thank you for reading! Hope to get to know some of you soon :>
 

Melky

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Check out the Learning Center. Lots of good info. https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/
 

Equiem

Chirping
Oct 28, 2018
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Hertfordshire, UK
Hello @Equiem ! welcome to BYC :frow Sounds like keeping chickens has been a bit of a baptism by fire for you; sorry for your losses :hit But let's hope it's all positive from here on in :fl love your girls' names :)

It definitely feels like baptism by fire! Florence had her first prolapse a week into owning chickens which was completely new in itself! I think I'm a little more clued up now but there's always more to learn!
 

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