Secret Farm in my Backyard

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by mmmyyykkkeee, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. mmmyyykkkeee

    mmmyyykkkeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I grew up in my grandma's house where I see a lot of chickens everyday. The moment they go down from the trees (Yes, the chickens here roost on tree branches) and eat their first meal until they go back to the trees to go to sleep.

    Since then, I became fascinated with chickens and I knew that someday I will raise my own flock. When I transferred to my parent's house, I asked my grandma to give me 1 hen. Of course, my very loving grandma gave me a pullet. Unfortunately, the pullet did not reach the "Laying" stage. She just disappeared and I knew that one of the neighbors was the culprit. I asked another chicken from my grandma and she gave me another pullet and same story happened. I never lost hope, I asked another one. I waited for quite sometime before the pullet started laying. I was very happy and my father built a coop for that chicken. I always visit the nest and count the eggs until the hen became broody. I knew that it would take 21 days for the eggs to hatch so I marked the calendar. On the 20th day, there was already 1 chick and I hear the peeping sound from the other eggs. 24 hours later, all eggs were hatched!! I couldn't remember how many chicks we had but I am sure they all reached adulthood. All roos became our dinner and some of the hens too. 2 lucky hens were kept to lay eggs and raise their babies. Life was very simple way back then.

    When I went to college, I had to go to a place far from home and all my chickens went missing one by one. After college (year 2007) , I went to the capital city and looked for work. Even after college, I still wanted to raise a flock of my own. I watched youtube videos about chickens. And I saw different breeds which I know are not available in the Philippines. I saw Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington, Wyandotte, etc. I knew these breeds are only available in the US but I tried to check google. To my surprise, these breeds have been made available in my country!! I couldn't tell how excited and happy I was. He is a member of BYC. and for me to contact him, I had to register first... and so I did!

    I live in a place where pets are not allowed. But becuase I really wanted to have a flock of imported breed, I broke the rule. After all, if you follow the rules, you miss all the fun, right?

    And so I contacted ozexpat and this guy was soooo accomodating. Ordered my first batch. I ordered 4 chooks but he gave me 6!! [​IMG]

    I was sooo happy and grateful!
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    If you live where pets are not allowed, then you will not loose these chickens one at a time like before. The police will arrive and take all of them and of course what do you think they will do. I don't want to elaborate, I wish you THE BEST, because I can see your passion in these pets. [​IMG]
     
  3. mmmyyykkkeee

    mmmyyykkkeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope. That's not how it works here... no police. I will only get a memo from the home owners association... That is if they find out that i have pets in my backyard. I make sure that the place is not smelly so they won't get noticed. If in case they get noticed. I think my neighbors wouldn't mind as long as they don't smell them. :)
     
  4. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Congrats to you! Hope all goes well, and you get to keep your beautiful birds! [​IMG]
     
  5. mmmyyykkkeee

    mmmyyykkkeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! my birds are doing well. and they have grown so fast. I will post their pictures later... :)
     
  6. mmmyyykkkeee

    mmmyyykkkeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know my journey has just began. the moment i got them out of the box (oh that wonderful feeling...), i know that i will go thru a lot of work and challenges.

    1. How to get them inside the building (with all the security guards roaming around night and day)
    2. How to keep the smell down to its minimum
    3. How to keep their noises down
    4. How to keep them free from mites and lice
    5. what to feed them
    6. When to feed them
    7. and of course how to make them happy


    My pad is a studio type with 10sqm garden area at the back. thank God my partner and I decided to get this unit. the pad to my right is not yet occupied and i hope it stays vacant until i get a different place where i can keep my birds. The second and third floor aren't occupied either. my problem is the guys on the fourth floor and my other neighbor to my left side. left side neighbor rarely stays in their unit. I seldom see the guys on the fourth floor too.

    So here are my first birds

    Reese, rhode island red
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    Roku, bbs orpington. We are unsure whether this little guy is a he or a she. Can you guess?
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    Vanilla, buff orpington. She's my partner's favorite
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    Matcha, mixed breed.[​IMG]


    billy, another mixed breed
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    Hazelnut, also a mixed breed
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    Here's my first flock. 6 lovely birds, 7 weeks old. i took a week off from work and spent my time with my babies. i clean their place three times a day to make sure there's no bad smell :D
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    Life is wonderful and these birds added excitement and happiness to my life. i know that i won't live very long so i started doing what i wany to do... And part of it is having chickens in my backyard. And not just native Philippine chickens, these are imported breed from the US!! All filipino chicken lovers want to have these birds of course!

    My mom and my partner, support me all the way. they want me to live my life to the fullest while i still can. And so my father and brother. I am just praying that i can keep them here forever. otherwise, i really have to move out and find a better place. But i won't think about that for now... I will enjoy the moments with these wonderful creatures.
     
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  7. mmmyyykkkeee

    mmmyyykkkeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    let me rewind a little bit from where it all started...

    when i became aware that rir and orps are now available in the Philippines, I contacted ozexpat, the guy who brought them in, i started reading articles about chickens and ready myself. I know i was not fully equipped yet but i know i can get all the info i need from the net and from ozexpat. He is one of a kind!!

    After reading more articles and watching some youtube videos, i contacted him and closed the deal.

    He ships all orders on weekends so i waited for a couple of days. Time was so slooooowwww...

    then the day i've been waiting for finally arrived!

    On January 25, 2015, the cargo was supposed to ship @9pm and arrive in Manila around 10:45pm.

    We were at the airport around 9:30pm and we were told that the flight was delayed for an hour. We waited and waited and waited. @2:30am, we finally got the box. i openned it and checked for the chooks. The long wait is all worth it. They were sitting like well-behave babies. since i have to bring them inside the building, i must transfer them to a shoe box (a bit bigger than a regular shoe box) so the guards won't notice them. The box was just enough to fit 6 little birds.

    It was past 3:00am when we reached our place... I put them in their cage and let them rest.

    Then i fed them at sunrise.
     
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  8. mmmyyykkkeee

    mmmyyykkkeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i sit with my babies everyday. Days passed and the birds are getting bigger. Bigger that they can no longer fit it that shoe box.

    Sometime i feed them with sweet potato leaves and chayote leaves and they love it. They spend most of their time eating and dust bathing. we get a little sunlight in the afternoon and the chooks like sun bathing too.


    Dust bathing
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    Sun bathing
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    I read that herbs are good insect and mites repellants and good for chickens too so i decided to buy some and plant it around my backyard.

    When i went to Cubao to pickup the herbs, my sister texted me saying that Billy is dead. I went home immediately to check on him and unfortunately, he was really as hard as stone. i am puzzled of his sudden death. May he rest in peace. There was no sign of sickness, he was very energetic before i went out, there was no sign of bite or lice/mites. i did not have any clue. I read some articles that sometimes chicken experience heart attack, could that be the reason?

    Anyways, ozexpat learned that i did not have 2 buffs (which was part of my order) so he offered to ship one at his expense. His generousity is unquestionable. I don't want to take advantage of his kindness so i ordered one more bird and i said i will pay for them but he offered to split the bill still. Another deal was closed.

    This time, the second batch arrived on time. I expected 2 birds but he shipped 3!! Imagine that??! They were 2 weeks younger than the first batch.

    I got 1 buff, 1 bbso and 1 mixed. [​IMG]
     
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  9. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    It appears you are somewhere near Manila, exact location best kept secret. Out of curiosity, where is your seller Ozexpat located. also in the Philippines ? Or a different country? Reason for me asking is to find out if there are restrictions introducing non native species into your country. Here in the United States there are considerable restrictions as to what can enter the country. That does not mean a total ban of course. Serama chickens are native to Malaysia. Are they common in your area?. My serama hen is seen in my avitar eating with my cats.
    ENJOY YOUR PETS. [​IMG]
     
  10. mmmyyykkkeee

    mmmyyykkkeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. i believe ozexpat is located in the US but he often visits our country. He is married to a Filipina.

    Serema chicken is not native here. our native chickens are much smaller compared to US breeds.
     

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