New to chicken raising

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RCinNM, Aug 14, 2019 at 12:40 AM.

  1. RCinNM

    RCinNM In the Brooder

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    Hi Everyone!

    My wife and I bought a small chicken coop from Tractor Supply thinking we’re only going to have 8 chickens or so. We kept adding to our flock, so I purchased a large coop that was advertised locally. At this time, we have 7 hens and 16 chicks. We have: Rhode Island Red, Light Brahma, Jersey Giant, Buff Orpington, white Leghorn, Java, Americauna, black and gold laced Wyandotte, Cornish Rock, Barred Rock, Crested Polish, Dominique and others. We have a Red Heeler mix and two cats. All our animals are female. The dog and one of the cats love watching the chickens and will round them up when I want them back in their yard. My dog will deny this, but I’ve seen her sleeping behind the coop (in the shade) with a R.I. red snuggled up to her sleeping. My cats do not bother them.
     
  2. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crowing

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    Hi! :frow Welcome to BYC! Sounds like a great little chicken farm! Love the dog sleeping with the RIR!!! :love
     
  3. slordaz

    slordaz Songster

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    I still keep an eye on mine, but sounds like your dog will be guarding them for ya. My chickens use my 3 labs ,which are usually bird dogs but they are were given task of protecting them when I started and main dog is a lab/Australian shepherd so took more after working dog class and is the boss so just kept reinforcing they are to be protected and he makes the other 2 behave, taking a nap out in the yard as perches lol
     
  4. Perris

    Perris Crowing

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    hello @RCinNM ! welcome to BYC :frow
    How sweet - can't wait to see a photo of your dog and chicken cuddling :pop
     
  5. slordaz

    slordaz Songster

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    They don't cuddle, they take a nap and chickens think they are for perching and pecking on lol, but the dogs are pretty tolerant been together with the flock for 3 years as they come and go from coop at will. I should not type after coffee has worn off lol
     
  6. RCinNM

    RCinNM In the Brooder

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    I’ll post pics of the coop once it’s complete. Currently working on predator proofing around the run. Next will be adding a ceiling to keep the hawks, falcons and bald eagles out.
     
  7. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Happy :ya to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC!

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
     
  8. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hello and welcome to BYC. I hope that you enjoy your time here.

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    Best wishes

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  9. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    It's love to see a picture of your dog sleeping with the RIR.
     
  10. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

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    Welcome :welcome Nice to have you here! Your dog’s secret is safe with us ;)
     

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