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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by WAmicrofarmer, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. WAmicrofarmer

    WAmicrofarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all.!!!

    I am a new member but have been using this website for about a year. This place is PACKED with excellent information on raising and caring for your backyard buddies and some of the most informative members I have found anywhere on the internet.
    So...I just wanted to say thanks to every member here for making this a great website.

    On our micro farm we have two Nigerian dwarf Goats, six chickens of various breeds, four heritage turkeys(two Black Spanish, one Bourbon Red, and a Narragansett) and two mini Australian spotted Ducks.

    Our biggest problem with our backyard buddies has been birds of prey...Hawks and Owls. Someone on this site had mentioned getting a couple of owl decoys to deter raptors and so far its worked like a charm. so, thanks again.
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC as a member, not a lurker [​IMG] I think most of us used this site a bit before joining. Theres a thread on microforms i seem to recall -not sure if you have seen it.

    I know what you mean about hawks - they can be a real pain. I hope that your decoys continue to deter the real ones!

    All the best
    CT
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the BYC flock, hope the raptors don't get used to your owl decoys and ignore them. The predator section should have more tips.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C just blowing in the wind Premium Member Project Manager

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    Predators are the bane of every poultry keeper and once they know where to get a good meal, they just keep coming back. If you free range your chickens, losing one to an occasional predator happens. Maybe you'd want to consider keeping them in a covered run or use a chicken tractor to move them around your property with some protection.

    Good luck to you!
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
     
  8. doc637

    doc637 Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome to BYC! Great to see another person with heritage turkeys.
     
  9. WAmicrofarmer

    WAmicrofarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks to everyone for the info in your replies. I've been going outside every night for a few weeks, so far the owl decoys seem to be working, I move them around to different locations every few days. We had an incident during the middle of the day with a hawk that was caught inside the chicken coop a while back.

    We added a couple blue slate turkey hems to our flock, hoping for some chicks in the next few months.
    Hope everyone flocks are doing well [​IMG]
     
  10. The Duck Ladie

    The Duck Ladie Duck Addict

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