New to the forum, kinda new to chickens, too!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by obeloinkment, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. obeloinkment

    obeloinkment Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone,

    My name is Eric and I've just joined up after my wife (Valk) has been raving about all the great advice and information she's found here. We have a small flock of 12 birds (1 Cochin, 1 Buff Orp, 2 Barred Rock, 2 Golden Laced Wyandots, 6 Americaunas) divided into 2 groups (the Americaunas are 13 weeks, the rest 16 weeks)

    While I grew up with chickens, Mom & Pop always dealt with the problems/coop/predators while I just gathered eggs and got bit by roosters. We've had a lot of fun building a coop and run and dealing with the issues that budding chicken farmers have in rural Colorado.

    We live in a secluded canyon which is relatively free of people but we have observed Black Bears, Coyotes, Mountain Lions, Bobcat, Fox, Skunk, Racoon, Weasels and Lynx in our area. Our coop looks a lot like a prison camp, but hey, it keeps the critters out and the ladies in. 1/2" welded mesh is buried a foot and a half deep and L'd outwards. 3" into the ground along the fence we've buried carpet tack strip, nails up. It has already thwarted several digging attempts with bloody results (exxxxxxxcellent) The coop doors and any seam in the plywood also has tack strip to discourage bears from ripping off the plywood. (A mature black bear will tear plywood sheeting off a building like it is paper maché) and we've got a humming electric fence to install for the fall when the bears get particularly brazen.

    To top it all off, there's Anabelle, a 13 year old Pit Bull. She has little bears painted on her doghouse for each one she's physically run off (no joke, you oughta see the spectacular sight) and she has taken the new job of guarding the chickens quite seriously.

    Anyway, there you have it, a novel of blah blah blahs. Can't wait to jump in with some of you and have some fun!

    Cheers!
    -Eric
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Eric, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! I don't envy you your predators...my hands are full with hawks, raccoons, and coyotes!! Best wishes and enjoy your birds and BYC!
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I like the carpet tack idea lol!!
     
  4. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the site! [​IMG] Sounds like you certainly have your hands full
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG]sounds like you have a well thought out security system [​IMG]
     

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