Starting over

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sneebsey, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Sneebsey

    Sneebsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there! Name's Ash, new to the forum, but old hat at keeping poultry. I'm from the back end of beyond in the UK and I kept Black, Black-red and Lavender Araucanas and Cayuga ducks, along with a few odds and sods, for a long time up until a couple of years ago when a stoat attack took me down from 50+ to just 5 birds. Just starting over again having fired up the incubator and bought some Black and Lavender Araucana hatching eggs , and some Copper Black Marans hatching eggs, so we'll see what comes of that. I enjoy the genetic aspect of breeding, so I like to hatch mixed breeds in addition to pure. My flock currently consists of a home-bred Lavender Araucana Cockerel and three bantam crosses, all home-bred, as well as a white ex-commercial hen, and five production reds, with an incubator set today with 24 eggs who have had rather a lot of expectations put on them.

    Here's a few photos of some of my birds, if anyone fancies a peep?


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  2. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!!! Glad to have you! This is a great community to get help with pretty much anything...even things totally unrelated to chickens :)

    You have some beautiful chickens!! I love the rooster in the first picture, so pretty.

    Sorry you lost that many birds!! That is rough. Once a fox took my flock of 10 in one night, then i rebuilt and had about 20 and my new pup killed all but one. No fun.

    Hope these do better!!

    Are you planning on getting back into cayuga ducks? I love ducks, and have variety of breeds, those being one of my favorites :)

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  3. Sneebsey

    Sneebsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! He's a Lavender Araucana, though I think the breed standard in the UK is vastly different from the US one; yours are mostly rumpless? Am I right?

    It's always pretty unpleasant when stuff like that happens; total massacres kind of put a damper on things. Onwards and upwards, though. I'm just happy the little dude survived so that all those generations didn't just vanish.

    I think I'll see about Cayugas later this year, yeah. I like having ducks around, and Cayugas are such a lovely colour, and the green egg too.

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  4. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure!! I'm not sure, i am not very familiar with the breed. I actually haven't seen a lavender araucana in real life, just in pictures :)

    Yeah, they are terrible. Glad you didn't just give up!! I know a couple people who stopped raising chickens when they lost them to predators. Yes, that is wonderful! He is a lucky boy!

    Yes, cayugas are wonderful. I'm looking forward to adding a few more to my flock this year. Ducks are some of my favorites around here. Ducks and the geese.

    No problem!! Glad your here :)
     
  5. shaggy151

    shaggy151 Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome from Texas. Those are some good looking birds.


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  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC!
     
  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG][​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!! We are glad you joined our flock! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. Sneebsey

    Sneebsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] What breed is that gorgeous bird in your last photo??
     

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