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Hi. I'm Blair from Somerset, England. 42 years old, beard, long hair, self employed organic gardener. 6 and 14 year old daughters. Cycle tourist and general outdoors type.

I've cut my flock down to 5 hens (Marans, Leghorns, RIR & Black Rock) To bolster the flock, my daughters are incubating some Lakenvelders, Vorwerks, Banevelders, Welsummers, SL Wyandottes & Derbyshire Redcaps. They should start pipping on my oldest's birthday.

This is our first artificial hatch so things will be interesting. I'm looking forward to being part of your forum.


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Hi welcome-byc.gif Blair

Glad you could join the flock! That's a nice flock you have there and some lovely breeds in your incubator too. I love incubating and hatching, it's lots of fun and very rewarding. There is nothing quite like watching the new life emerge from the egg. I hope you have a fantastic hatch and that your daughters really enjoy it.

Wishing you the very best of luck for the future. Be sure to ask any questions that you may have, everyone here to help and very friendly.

Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat frow.gif
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Thank you YC! Down here in Somerset we are near the Mendips. The walls are built by Yorkshiremen. It would look like home from home to you. Beautiful. The beer's not quite as good but I'll put money on the cider being the best.

I'll fly my flag from the off: I'm a pragmatic keeper and err on the side of looking after the chooks as livestock rather than pets. They don't have names (although my daughters give them names and that's their secret which I respect) They may at some stage be table or soup birds so I prefer the 'distance'. My children embrace the holistic approach I take with my poultry, fruit and veg. They don't get to eat anything like it from the shops that's for sure. It's an organic system and over the last 2 years I have been implementing biodynamics to the mix. Fascinating and barmy all at once. I can't explain why, but it produces results.

I've probably haven't made the best entry for making friends, but you won't come across a happier, healthier flock of birds. I'm in it for the greater good I promise!


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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Hi Blair and welcome to BYC from another Yorkshire member, via Kenya. Your intro is very interesting, so thanks for that. As for your intro not helping you make friends - nah, we just love talking chicken and as you find your way around, you'll soon find that some members are as mad as hatters, so whatever your approach and beliefs, you'll fit right in.

 

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Nice to meet you Blair,  hope you enjoy Backyard chickens, as much as we do.  :frow

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Thanks everyone. I'm sure there are lots of great people on here as there are on most forums. CTKen: I had some time in Thika and Mombassa 2 decade ago. I was born and grew up in Africa (Zimbabwe) for the first 23 years of my life. It's a big continent, but it's a small World!

Today I've been helping my 6yod set up the brooder for 4/5 days time. Exciting stuff. A friend loaned me a heat lamp. As the kids were staying at their mum's this weekend I decided to check everything was working. NOT! While testing the lamp I was electrocuted! I've now got a sprained wrist and I bit my tongue! I'm glad I was wearing Crocs and standing on a rubber floor.

Phew. Close call. Let's just hope everything else goes to plan. I've been out and bought my own lamp.


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Hello!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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