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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CPF Kate, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. CPF Kate

    CPF Kate New Egg

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    Good morning from Maine! I am a long time reader, new member. I am a mom of twin girls with a hobby farm out in the sticks, and my animals are helping me with the landscaping. I have 7 (was nine) Production Red Hens who have done a phenomenal job keeping the ticks at bay, as well as turning my compost pile. Their rooster, Maximus, is a RIR who was hatched as part of a class project and needed a home.

    My joy are my American Buff Geese, which I got because I felt like it, and they watch over the ducks they were raised with and together my waterfowl not only amuse me but keep my grass short. :)

    I have a pair of NigeriN Dwarf goats but am having fencing issues, and a pair of large black hogs that are rotor tilling my very steep and rocky back yard. The land where I am used to be all hay fields years ago, but is now a jungle of poison ivy and underbrush!

    I do have a question as well. Right now I need to reduce the number of drakes in my flock, or increase the number of ducks. After reading BYC about how to process chickens, I don't think I'll be able to kill one of my birds. Did anyone else have the same issue? How did you get over it?
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC [​IMG]

    I take my birds to a meat processor, just do not care to do it myself.
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and can't really help you with the duck question, but you can post on our Ducks section in the Forum at the top of the page and take advantage of our duck experts there. I do know that raising chickens is a wonderful experience for children. Our children and granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) loved our chickens and made lap pets of the calmer and more gentle breeds. :eek:) Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
     
  6. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. There are more than chickens threads here. Go to the "Other Backyard Poultry " thread where you will find threads regarding ducks, geese, quineas, quail, etc.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Hi Kate, [​IMG]

    That was a very nice intro you gave us...way more interesting than the "hi, I have chickens" we get so often, lol.

    I have not personally had to process any of my chickens yet and maybe never will but I have seen this thread on the boards:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ort-group-help-us-through-the-emotions-please
    Maybe that will be helpful to you (or maybe you'll go the route of having someone else do it)...either way, do what works best for you.

    Good luck to you, it's nice to have you here.
     
  9. turtlesgalore

    turtlesgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    welcome[​IMG] glad you joined us. I to cannot dispose of extra animals of any kind. I would add more females to flock and then you don't have to get rid of the ones you have. actually just prolongs the problem till later, but also allows you to choose to get rid of the ones that you have had for the least amount of time. we have a locally owed butcher shop who gladly does the job for a fee. sorry i'm a soft tee too.[​IMG]
     
  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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    We have a local farm that processes the chickens for us. They charge around $2 a bird. To me, it is so worth it as I could not do it myself either!
     

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