New to BYC - 09/20/12

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by clameramseyc, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. clameramseyc

    clameramseyc New Egg

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    I first got started with chickens around 2 years ago. One of my brothers had been keeping a few dozen at my sisters place, but her young kids were always letting them out and most of them disappeared as they were near fields and presumably fox, raccoons, etc. were helping themselves. So he had 8-10 left which he brought to me and helped me convert a section of a 3 sided barn into a coop. I soon bought a few more young ones from a local auction house. For a little while they did pretty well even during cold weather. We had my brother-in-laws hunting dogs on our property for a few months which kept other animals at bay. However, his dogs got out a few times and killed several of our chickens including a beautiful rooster my one son liked a lot. So he moved his dogs elsewhere. Unfortunately then within 2 weeks, a fox or something dug into our coop and cleaned us out of the chicken business.

    After a few months I tried it again, but my luck didn't last more than a few months when when a weasel killed several of them. So I determined I needed to keep a couple dogs around. We've had mixed success with that process. The dogs do seem to keep other animals away. Unfortunately the ones we had also seemed to kill chickens themselves when they would get loose or get a chance to go after them. And then our pups disappeared so I'm concerned when the weather gets cold again that I'll start losing chickens unless I find a good guard dog.

    Currently I have around 3 dozen hens varying from 6-7 months old up to 2 years old (various breeds though mostly RIR or crosses of those, such as golden comets). We allowed the kids to keep 3 roosters (one each) after we had raised several day old chicks and had 15 so a dozen had to go. One, a barred rock is definitely the king and is aggressive while the other two are calm and won't bother you, though you can't catch them.

    Found BYC probaby a year ago when surfing looking for information on chickens after the fact of trying to raise some for a while. I appreciate the information people are willing to share to help me and others with limited experience. And I enjoy reading everyone's stories.

    I've also raised a few pigs in the last couple years to go along with our pets (dogs, cats, & rabbits).

    Grew up in the country on a hobby farm, but we only raised a few head of cattle and grew huge gardens. So other animals were new to me up until recently. I have an office job working at a computer all day, so though I really didn't enjoy the farm work growing up, now I look forward to it each evening. We have 5 acres that has sat idle and needs a lot of TLC to make it productive (mostly weeds and no good pasture in the 3+ acres I consider our field, with the other 2 acres being the house and yard areas.

    Look forward to hearing from others and sharing what happens around here. If I am able to share anything of value to someone else then I'll be happy to do so.

    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  2. JHorn91180

    JHorn91180 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello Chris and welcome to BYC. Sounds like u have had a lot of issues keeping chickens. We also had some very overgrown unmanaged property when we moved here. We fenced in a lot of it and purchased goats. We quickly fell in love with them and now we breed and sale registered goats. They have done such an awesome job of cleaning up what we will reffer to as the jungle. We ended up buying a couple of herd gardian dogs as pups and raised them with our goats and our fowl. They do a very good job at keeping predators at bay now that they r adults and we also have poultry. Chickens, turkeys, guineas and quail. My dogs would never bother them and for the most part ignore them except for the goats which they seem to b always worried and up thier butts thinking somthing is gonna try and get them but then again thats what the breed has been bred to do for thousands of years. I hope u have better luck in the future and that u will find the majority of members r very nice and willing to help or at least point u in the right direction.
     
  3. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi chris, well, from what im hearing from ya, you seem to be having the same problems as about 99.9999% of us are havin. what we did about it was fence off a yard fer them so as they could run free safely (or i guess now days there callin it " free" range-in). and we just don't let the dogs in the chicken yard. seems to be workin ok. :)
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Sorry to hear about your losses. Predators are a pain when you keep chickens, I know... Good fencing and a secure coop helps a lot. I hear hardware cloth is great for keeping beasties out. I hope your new flock gives you lots of joy and lots of eggs!
     
  5. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Chris, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us. Best of luck in your poultry ventures.
     
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    aaabirdman Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Extra Java

    Extra Java Chillin' With My Peeps

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