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Third Time's a Winner

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

  1. Robtroe

    Robtroe New Egg

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    Hi and thanks for letting me a part of your group. I can explain my title "Third times a winner", I guess I should add "I hope". Two other times at trying to raise chickens resulted in mysterious disappearing flocks, sometimes overnight. So this time I took the time and built a coop with tin around the bottom up 24 inches and another 4 ft of chain link fence above that. We also have a Great Pyrenees that has already developed an interest in protecting the flock. I think now my chickens are a little bit more protected. My wife and I are both retired, so looking for a pleasing pastime, which we have found in chickens. Looking forward to learning much more from others on this site. We're located in central Texas, getting ready for the Texas summer heat.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello from Kansas, Robtroe, and :welcome! Happy you joined our community and I certainly hope third time is the charm. Sounds like you are better pepped this time but chain link still makes me a little nervous. Raccoons can reach their grubby little paws through the holes, snatch a bird and eat it alive through the fence - what a way to go! :oops:. If possible, can you put hardware cloth from the ground up to 18" ? Also, is the topcovered to protect from airborne predators?
    Here's a link to predator section of the Learning Center: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-predators-pests-how-to-protect-treat-your-flock
    You might get some pointers to help you out.
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :weee
     
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  3. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC! I hope you have better luck this time around!
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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  5. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG][​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!! We are glad you joined our flock! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. shaggy151

    shaggy151 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello there, fellow Texan.


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  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Robtroe [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some great starting points, I will just wish you all the best and yep, third time lucky! [​IMG]

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Do you free range your flock? If so you have to be prepared to accept the extent of losses to predators. You can beef up security of coop and run but, there is really no way to protect from loss free ranging.

    If your dog is young it can be quite awhile before it realizes it is supposed to protect your birds - it's not unusual for such a dog to nibble on the chickens first . Especially if the pup is not from a working farm - where pups are generally around chickens (or whatever animal) from the time they can walk. That helps them bond to the animals. Also if they grow up around working dogs, they will mimic what they see. An older dog would also wallop them if they harm the stock. Makes training them much easier.
     

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