The McCauley Crew

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by clamccauley, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. clamccauley

    clamccauley Out Of The Brooder

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    I have used "backyard chickens" for the past three years for any and all questions that have ever come up with my flock! I finally had a question of my own and officially joined!

    We are in Texas close to the panhandle on a ranch 90 miles from the nearest large town.

    I started with 6 hens 3 years ago and get 3-4 new ones every spring. I've lost 2 to dogs, 2 to natural causes and 1 to a bobcat, but other than that, they have been relatively healthy and easy to care for. I also have a lone Cayuga duck that thinks she's part chicken and hangs with the hens happily. I try to only have one of each type of hen so I can tell them apart and note if it's the same hen going broody and just keep up with them better. I had a Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Gold Laved Wyondotte, Silver Laced Wyondotte, Buff Orpinton, Welsumer, and 4 new chicks (Barred Rock, Partridge Rock which Ive had before, and 2 new ones, Delaware and Speckled Sussex)

    My Welsumer went broody a few weeks ago so we decided to give her the day old chicks and it worked!! She is a great momma. It's been great having her take care of them and they seem happier and healthier than any chicks I've ever raised! :)

    Chickens are so sweet and fun to have around!

    We have two barn cats that were raised with the chickens. One peck as a kitten and they knew who was boss. They kill mice, rats, rabbits and birds but never mess with my hens. They all sun bathe in the same spots and get a long great.

    We had a great ranch Border Collie that was 4 when we introduced the chicks and she roamed with them and watched over them until she died. We went through 2 pups that just could not leave them alone and finally ended up with a sweet Australian Shepherd that pays them no mind at all.

    Peace and Harmony with our growing hen flock, 2 cats and 1 dog! :)
     
  2. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have a nice flock! I have RIR too. I'm also planning to get some Silver-laced Wyandottes.
    It's great you had a broody to look after your chicks. :)
    Have fun with your chicks and chickens!

    -Jet
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    What a nice flock you have. Really enjoyed your introduction. Great that you have a dog & cat that won't harm the chickens. Broody hens are the best. Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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