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#67882 - 01/01/07 02:08 AM Hello From Tennessee!
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Hello! Just a little about me. laugh
I'm a mom of 3. 2 boys 25 and 20. A girl 16. We have over 150 chickens between us and 37 different breeds and colors of breeds. As well as imports. My new layers are French Wheaten Marans. I am still awaiting my first egg! Sassy girls are holding out on me. eek

I am originally from Michigan. Romulus right at Metro Airport. I now reside near my DH's family farm for the last 15 years in Upper Middle Tennessee.

I am not a farmer by any means. I can't kill and eat any of my birds. We don't even eat the eggs because the family thinks of them as potential babies. lol. I hatch a lot of chicks!

I guess we are large scale pet owners. :p In addition to a slew of chickens we have 6 horses and 2 mini's, 3 Chihuahua's (Tiki, Tea-la and Rosita) a whole bunch of cats, 2 pet rats and Texas A&M quail. The tiny one's.

And I DO have a house chicken. She's a Mille Fleur D'Uccle that had her lower beak injured as a chick. It gradually got worse even tho the vet tried his best. The last recommendation was surgery. Too expensive and too hard on her. Soooo....Her and I watch court shows in the morning while she has each and every piece of layer and grain etc fed to her and again in the evening watching CSI.

If I get too interested in the show and stop her meal she will jump up and peck my forehead! lol She has never worn a chicken diaper and has never poo'ed on me either. Although I do use a puppy pad on my lap just in case there's a first time. wink She has her own bedroom and very large home in there. My oldest son moved out so someone had to occupy that room. laugh

Anyway, I know you all think I'm a kooky blonde. But hey! Everybody does. laugh

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#67883 - 01/01/07 06:28 AM Re: Hello From Tennessee!
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Registered: 10/24/06
Posts: 534
Loc: Georgia
Hey, Star, don't I know you from somewhere??LOL, welcome to the Classroom. Lots of info here, some way above my head, but stretches the old brain cells. I get the "large scale pet owner" part!

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#67884 - 01/01/07 06:29 PM Re: Hello From Tennessee!
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Hi Yah! laugh I'm mysterious. I'm everywhere yet nowhere...bwaaaaaa.....bwaaaa. It's caught in Purgatory that bothers me. eek


I just recued another hen. :p I'm afraid this one is really, really sick. frown

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#67885 - 01/02/07 06:31 AM Re: Hello From Tennessee!
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Registered: 10/24/06
Posts: 534
Loc: Georgia
OH, no! Post in emergencies if you haven't already. Lots of knowledge here.

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#67886 - 01/02/07 06:52 AM Re: Hello From Tennessee!
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I did. laugh I went to the vet and got a bottle of Baytril. idk. She's so sweet. I really hope it helps her.

I really need to stay at home and keep away from other farms and the auction. :rolleyes:

My mom and another member at another forum says I have too big a heart and I can't save them all. I really wish I could. frown

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#67887 - 01/02/07 07:35 AM Re: Hello From Tennessee!
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Registered: 10/24/06
Posts: 534
Loc: Georgia
I know what you mean, but it was stressful when I thought Hawkeye might have something-him being the only grown bird I've ever bought. I can't take that stress and you, my dear, cannot be the Chicken Fairy and save all the chickens in the world! I feel the same about dogs, too, but I know my limits.

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#67888 - 01/02/07 09:05 AM Re: Hello From Tennessee!
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Registered: 07/28/06
Posts: 134
Loc: Georgia
With so many chickens do you struggle with disease or sickness among your flock much? I assume you've added over the years or have these all been offspring of your original flock?
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#67889 - 01/02/07 01:57 PM Re: Hello From Tennessee!
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Hi, Not really. Most of the coops have never had so much as a sniffle. Like my Mille Fleur D'Uccle's. Not one has ever gotten sick. I do practise preventatively tho. I get say...1 in one of the coops that get a cold. I separate and quaranteen. It's not been a whole coop flock get sick...yet. If a second one does anything in the coop one got sick in. I treat the whole coop. I try not to just immediately medicate, medicate, medicate.

Sometimes I post about several chickens that come down sick. Out of 150+ chickens and a few need help. Thats pretty good odds. wink I've been using Oxine but I've been told that Virkon S may be less expensive and better. idk. confused Gonna give it a try. Most of my bird illnesses are weather related.

Some are my original flock, some offspring and some new. smile

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#67890 - 01/02/07 02:02 PM Re: Hello From Tennessee!
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speckledhen-We have 11 dogs not counting the 2 next door at moms she stole from my pens. eek 5 recognized cats and ever how many strays frequent the big feeder on the back porch. :rolleyes: Most everything around here is rescues. Lord our vet and feed bills are high. eek

The last stray dog was a beautiful Golden Lab girl. She had a broken back leg. frown She's fine now and named Miss Molly. laugh

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#67891 - 01/02/07 02:34 PM Re: Hello From Tennessee!
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Registered: 10/24/06
Posts: 534
Loc: Georgia
I cant actually take in any pets besides my two older dogs I have to vet since we have to feed US on a very low income, but I do feed a stray tomcat that mouses for me. He won't let me get near him and vanishes into smoke if I look his direction so I call him Ghost. The least I can do is toss him some food in appreciation. The chickens I can justify since they give me fertilizer, poison-free bug control, eggs and hours of free entertainment!

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