The reason I am keeping chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kiwi-chick, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Hi, I'm new to keeping chickens. We live in the country on a 1/2 acre section. It's 15 minutes drive to the nearest town and 30 minutes drive to the nearest city.

    Two and a half months ago someone dumped a rooster over the fence into our front yard and then drove off.

    We called the neighbor and asked if the chicken was his - he took one look and said "that's no chicken - it's a rooster! Don't feed it unless you plan on keeping it!" I looked at my husband and said "oops" as I'd given it some bird seed we had for the native birds in the winter.

    To cut a long story short, we've kept him and given him a harem. Spent around one thousand dollars building a fully enclosed coop with a small outside area and large roofless run. We don't really have predators in New Zealand apart from the odd stoat, rats, dogs and the occasional person.

    First we got two red hens, unfortunately one of them died on the third day. Looking back she was already very sick when we got her, even though we didn't recognize it. The other red hen is very docile and friendly. She follows me around like a lost puppy when the rooster isn't herding her off to look for treats in the garden. She was supposedly 32 weeks old when we got her from a commercial egg farm and has laid a medium to large brown egg daily from day two. She is very active and is always scratching and pecking and finding all the edibles in the garden.

    Two weeks later we got two black hens from a person we met that had chickens. They pick on the red one a bit, but from reading here I gather it's because she is the odd one out and smaller than they are. The two black hens were broody when we got them, but they seemed to settle in well. After 10 days we started getting eggs from them.These two are not very active, will often just sit around in the sun or under the trees in the shade.

    Four days ago the black hens started going broody again and are now ensconced in a broody cage inside the coops small enclosed outside area.

    I've spent a lot of time in the last two months reading on the internet about keeping chickens. This site seems to be very popular, very informative and quite helpful so I have joined.
    ronott1, aart, twendt and 23 others like this.
  2. DiYMama540

    DiYMama540 Free Ranging

    Jun 25, 2019
    SW VA
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Love to hear the rooster adopted you!! Have any pics you'd like to share??
    Thanks for joining our flock!

  3. TwentyOneChickens

    TwentyOneChickens Songster

    Apr 9, 2019
    Welcome to BYC! We’re glad to have you here! :welcome

    That is a wonderful story, I really enjoyed reading it. Hope to hear more from you soon, and good luck!
  4. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
  5. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

    Jul 24, 2016
    Washington State
    Hi! :frow Welcome to BYC! Loved your intro!
  6. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

    Sep 9, 2019
    Central Virginia
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  8. MRichmond

    MRichmond Songster

    Mar 12, 2019
    Western Pennsylvania
    Welcome! I’m fairly new myself and have only had chickens since June. I have to say, BYC is an awesome resource, isn’t it?
  9. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Crowing

    Feb 12, 2013
    Eastern WA
    I had someone dump off 2 roosters at diff times, IDK why they picked me, other than maybe thinking, "what is one more chicken?" I found homes for them. I will have roosters on occasion and will have a rooster around now and then, I have been eating them, and even ordering them to eat. I try to let a rooster or 2 hang out though if they take to a crow collar. People may think crow collars are mean, but if you are a single rooster with 15 hens and the draw back is you have to wear a collar, not a bad deal. And to people who think the crow collar is choking the rooster...well it would be dead then, so clearly not.
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Are you allowing the broody hens to set on eggs ?

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