New to chickens in Elkhart, Indiana

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by markschicks, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. markschicks

    markschicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2011
    Elkhart, IN
    My husband Mark & I (Amy) acquired some hens & a rooster from a friend. We had 1 black osterlorp, 1 buff orpington, 1 RI red hen, 1 RI red rooster & 3 RI red/buff orp mix hens. I work at a small animal vet & Mark is a dispatcher for a local trucking company & part-time wanna be farmer. We have a habit of rescuing creatures in need. Our oldest pet is a schnauzer of 15 yr. hard of hearing & doesn't see well, he wears a diaper in the house because of Cushings disease. Our 4 yr. old German Shepher mix was rescued from the Grand Canyon when he was 8 weeks old. He is quite a conversation piece/souvenier. We also have a 3 yr. old Cocker Spaniel who was born with a front leg out of place. Add to that 5 indoor cats, each with a story of how they came to live with us. We have one outdoor feral cat & just today adopted another feral cat from the local Feral Cat Coalition, so she would not be euthanized. We'll see how that goes....

    All was well with the chickens for about 6 months. We are new to this & unfortunately are learning some things the hard way. The rooster liked the black one WAY too much & she ended up with a naked backside in spite of an apron. So we gave her back to our friend. Just last week the buff one had a tumor rupture below her rectum & at the vets recommendation, we euthanized her. We went on vacation & while we were gone (family members stayed at our house) a raccoon (we assume) killed 2 more. So we have 2 laying hens left & 1 rooster. Mark had gotten some buff chicks this spring. They are big enough now to join the others but aren't laying yet. We'll see how this goes....

    We can use all the help we can get.
  2. Cockadoodledon't

    Cockadoodledon't Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome aboard....
    I think I missed your question.

  3. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

    May 29, 2009
    My Coop
    [​IMG] Well you have come to the right place to learn anything & everything about chickens! My advice: Research coop/run designs, proper chicken to coop space ratios, predation prevention, and breeds.

    I am very sorry to hear about your losses. [​IMG] Hang in there, it will get better. Each lesson learned will bring you closer to a peaceful and successful flock.
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  6. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2011
    Cairo Ga.
    Hi from Ga.


    Welcome aboard.
  8. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from FL!
  9. enjoyin' my chickens

    enjoyin' my chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2011
    Hinesville, Ga
    welcome we need more people with chickens to defer the rising cost of eggs.
  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]

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