Newbie greetings, from Cedar Park, Texas :-)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Eggstraordinary, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Eggstraordinary

    Eggstraordinary New Egg

    Nov 21, 2010
    Cedar Park
    hi fellow chicken-lovers! my name is Shea... i've been reading this forum as a resource for the past year, figured it was time to actually register [​IMG]

    my family: husband, 7yo daughter, 1 golden sex link, 1 production red, 3 EEs, 16yo lab/dalmation mix, 7month old golden retriever, 2 tarantulas, 10 hissing cockroaches, 2 dumerils boas, 1 columbian redtail boa. done! we have been smack in the middle of a cookie-cutter neighborhood for a long time, and with all these creatures now we're itching to spread our wings toward the hill country!

    we've had more fun with our chickens than we thought we would, and i'm dreaming of the day i can devote at least a half acre to a big, bustling flock. farming was never a part of my childhood, but it makes my soul so happy.

    thanks to everyone for making this forum what it is!
  2. LasVegas Chicken

    LasVegas Chicken New Egg

    Nov 21, 2010
    Hi I am a newbie to this forum too. Yes this is a great forum. I was wondering simce farming is in your blood what you did to treat injured chickens?
  3. Eggstraordinary

    Eggstraordinary New Egg

    Nov 21, 2010
    Cedar Park

    i had one of my chickens injured a few months ago by our overly playful puppy [​IMG] he is a golden retriever, and bird hunting is just instinctual... our birds are very friendly, and our dog ignores them when we're out with him, and is fine in the yard with them for about 10 minutes alone, then just wants to play. so, one day we saw him sitting in the yard with a chicken in front of him, and he had plucked several feathers from her, and torn some skin just above her wing. she was not bitten, skin was just torn from plucking. we washed her (and yelled obscenities at the dog and ourselves for being too lax with him) with hydrogen peroxide really well. my husband and i are good with minor first aid, so i actually stitched her wound closed after it had been thoroughly washed. i used nearly a full bottle, just letting it run slowly for a couple of minutes to flush out any debris. i used alcohol to sterilize my thread, needle, and gloves, and closed it up. we kept her in a crate, separate from the other birds for a few days, to give her time to rest and watch the wound for signs of infection. when we were sure she was healing well, we just put her back with the flock and she has been fine since. she is still our friendliest bird in the bunch, and we do a lot of daily dog/chicken behavior-mingling work now [​IMG]

    hope that helps! i think the best things for any injured bird are rest separate from the group, and a light washing of hydrogen peroxide.

  4. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A warm welcome from an imp in Washington

    Glad you joined us. It's a lot of fun

  6. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    [​IMG] from NV
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  8. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Welcome, from Eastern Wa. nice to meet you.

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