New to raising chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kimberlye, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. kimberlye

    kimberlye In the Brooder

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    Hi,
    I am new to raising chickens. I have 7 chickens right now; (2 chicks that are 6-7 weeks old). I free range them. I have 4 silkies, 1 americana and 1 bantam. My favorite part is the fresh eggs; but I enjoy watching them, and like having them roaming around the yard eating the bugs/ticks. One thing I have noticed is their food disappearing quickly to find that squirrels and chipmunks are entering the coop and helping themselves all day long. Was wondering what I could do about that?
     
  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hi and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new hobby. Maybe posting your question, with accompanying pics of your set-up on this forum would be best - https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/predators-and-pests.13/

    Here are some links to useful resources:

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
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  3. Perris

    Perris Crowing

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    hello @kimberlye ! welcome to BYC :frow
    I can't answer your question but I'm sure someone who can will be along soon :)
     
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  4. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    I've actually never had to deal with that problem as my birds come and go from the coop regularly and like to drive off anything in their paths.
     
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens. Sorry I can't imagine how to stop them
     
  6. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  7. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms

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    Welcome! :frow
     
  8. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to our FUN-omenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of FUN! :wee
     
  9. Meg-in-MT

    Meg-in-MT Crossing the Road

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    Hello! Welcome to BYC!! :frow

    Wish I could help you, but never had that one. I would do what @Pork Pie suggested, as you'll probably get more help!

    Feel free to check out the links below for some interesting reading. Good luck on your adventures!
     
  10. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

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    Hello kimberlye.
    Welcome to BYC.
    I free range. I don't leave food out at all, not in the coops particularly. As you've noticed, the feed attracts rodents. I feed supervised three times a day. Each feed takes about 15 minutes. This may sound like an unnecessary task but I'm able to make sure all in each group (ihave 4 groups) get fed properly and more often than not I get to see who poops what which is a great help when trying to keep an eye on their health.
     

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