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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ttclan, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. ttclan

    ttclan Chirping

    Oct 20, 2011
    Estes Park, Colorado
    Our family is new to owning chickens. We inherited 24 from a friend who needed to get rid of hers due to someone squawking to the city about them. We inherited the chickens, coop and all! It was a wonderful gift to our family.

    We have always been interested in owning chickens and other small livestock, but never lived in an area where we could have them until now (HOA wouldn't allow them). We are resting our feet on acreage in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, so we hope to gather lots of different livestock around us as time goes on.

    We currently have 2 Black Langshans, 9 Ameracuanas (although 3 are very different looking almost hawk like), 6 Buff Orphingtons, 4 Leghorns, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Plymouth Rock (Barred).

    We were fortunate enough to move them in their original coop so they still layed well for us right away. We hope to add some chicks this Spring since we have a couple of broody hens who have already given the previous family chicks. We will try to find fertilized eggs for this first go around and then hang on to a rooster, assuming we get one.

    We've learned a lot by poking around this forum as we have needed first aid and predator information already, so we decided to join in.

    As to the predators, we have been having them poke and try to dig under the fence, but so far to no avail. We created a large pen for them to roam, we buried the fence almost 2 feet and filled in with large rocks before we returned the soil to cover it all.

    I hope in the Spring to have a couple that we can rotate the girls around in - wish we could free range them, but it would be too hard where we are (We back to Rocky Mountain National Park with almost no other neighbors so we see lots of wildlife).

    Coyotes and Fox is what we have seen so far although, most of our chicken owning neighbors tell us it's Bobcat we have the most to worry about, haven't seen them or evidence yet, but winter is coming and we covered the top of the pen so we'll have to see what happens.

    Excited to be here, we LOVE our chickens so much already, the children are learning so much and have their favorites.

    Looking forward to learning lots from all of you.

  2. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    [​IMG] Great story, sounds like you are off to a Good start!
  3. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! So very glad you joined us!

  4. ttclan

    ttclan Chirping

    Oct 20, 2011
    Estes Park, Colorado
    Quote:I was born in Cooperstown, NY...married a Coloradan and move out here as newlyweds 14 years ago.
  5. kcjones

    kcjones Songster

    May 2, 2011
    [​IMG] from Texas i got started with 3 chicks a friend gave me in the spring, have 17 now, i want to build another coop to get more already. didnt think i would enjoy being a chicken servant this much [​IMG]
  6. [​IMG]:frow [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG]
  7. P-Funk

    P-Funk Songster

    Feb 20, 2011
    Hi from Franktown! Previously from Avon and Breckenridge. There's a monster storm on the way so make sure all the birds are safe and warm [​IMG]

  8. ttclan

    ttclan Chirping

    Oct 20, 2011
    Estes Park, Colorado
    Quote:We're in Estes.

    Thanks for the thought...

    I just found the Colorado thread and posted some questions over there - we've got a small coop - from all I've read it's too small for the number we have, but I'm hoping that it will help keep them close and warm this winter and then in the Spring build a new one and keep this one for hens and chicks. We've added a heat bulb to the lamp already, we've had some cold nights already. They don't like straw in the coop - keep kicking it all out the door. Any other thoughts to keeping them warm?
  9. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    Welcome to BYC!!
  10. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Songster

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    [​IMG] You'll be glad you joined us. A lot of very nice and informative people here.

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