thought it time I said hello! From The UK

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Minxtures, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. Minxtures

    Minxtures Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I've been visiting this amazing site for a little while now.
    After I said 'no' to kittens my Husband and 2 children decided to get chickens without even running it by me. Next thing I know we have a coop where my beautiful herbaceus border once was! Initially I wasn't happy as we have a very small garden and I assumed chickens would be noisy, messy a lot of work etc etc.and I have a cat that's quite partial to wildlife.
    We've now had bantams since April, (silkies, frizzels and polands) now obsessed and in love with every last one of them! They have the whole garden to play in all day and my cat doesn't seem to mind which is a big relief!

    We've had 2 horrid episodes, one frizzle x poland randomly jumped from her perch, bounced and landed on her head, breaking her neck. My 9yo daughter saw it happen which was heartbreaking as I didn't cover that sort of thing happening when we talked about possible illnesses etc.
    We also had a silkie die from a nasty respiritory type thing, also heartbreaking but drove home to hubby he shouldn't buy random birds from auctions that don't look all that healthy to start with!
    Since then had one with an eye that needed attention and impacted crop she's also never laid and I suspect she's a lot older than Hubby was led to believe...

    My daughter wanted an incubator (brinsea mini eco) for her birthday and we have just used it to hatch ducklings for a friend. I currently have 4 incredibly cute cayuga ducklings, now 2 days old. all 4 hatched the wrong end, one needed help but she's doing fine, 2 didn't hatch and I'm plucking up courage to open them to see why.

    Can't thank BYC enough for all the helpful advice provided!

    My plan now is to learn more about hatching and maybe have a go at hatching Silkies (once I've got over recent sleepless nights)

    I will post some photos just as soon as I've figured out how..
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining, and all of us are chook obsessed. We have lots of members from the UK and if you want to, you can get in touch with them at https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=uk+members. I'm a chook person and don't know a lot about ducks (although I've had a few), but I have to admit that ducklings are the ultimate in cute. If you want to get in touch with them, our duck experts hang out at https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  3. Minxtures

    Minxtures Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the link, will have a read.
    I can't walk past the box of cuteness in my kitchen without taking a peek, will be hard to hand them over in a few weeks that's for sure!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community! Good luck with all your hatches and adventures. Welcome to our flock!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - sounds as if you have whole heartedly joined into this venture with your family.
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. Minxtures

    Minxtures Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone :)
    The 1st photo of most of our girls (and I suspect a couple of boys). I think they were having a meeting to discuss how to get more treats! And our ducklings that hatched saturday

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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Wow, you sure are a very fast learner. I think you are doing fabulous. I have to say that is the first time I have seen silkies high on a roost. Of course you have the LF silkies (USA has bantams) and your appear to be beardless.

    Out here I've heard silkies just gather up in a floor pile in the corner of the coop to sleep. We figure with their big crests and beards their vision is obscured, also have been told they don't fly - but will jump high) because the silkie type feathers don't make good wing coverings for flying.

    I suspect, at least your silkies, would prove all that wrong on all accounts. Do other breeds bully your silkies? They generally do out here, of course that is LF breeds living with small silkies. Maybe size makes a lot of difference. I am so glad you posted photos - it's given me a lot of information and a change in what I was told about silkies. Thank you very much.

    I am very glad you joined the flock [​IMG]
     
  10. Minxtures

    Minxtures Out Of The Brooder

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    Is an LF silkie a full size? sorry, don't know what the LF stands for
    I have 3 'chamois polands' (2 looking decidedly male now) that prefer to be snuggled up in a corner, they also chirp constantly!. The white silkie bantam is bearded, and super friendly. One of the white frizzles has got 9 toes, really soft and the grey skin so, i'm assuming some silkie in her. They all seem to get on really well, probably because they are all so different only the ginger one prefers to be on her own and is definitely the boss.

    The ducklings are doing great, I seem to be spending my life cleaning out their brooder though, can't believe how messy they are!
     

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