I'm new here, obviously. I run a small farmstead (Whispering Pines Farmstead) in North Idaho, with my husband's financial support haha. I've had poultry for a few years, now. We started with ducks, as my husband was adamant that he didn't want chickens. Now, we currently own 2 Welsh Harlequin hens, 2 Welsh Harlequin/Khaki Campbell hens, 1 Welsh/Khaki drake and 1 Muscovy hen. We also have 1 Red Broiler rooster, 1 retired Rhode Island hen who still insists on laying everyday even at 4 years old, 1 retired Americauna who takes that title seriously and lays once or twice a week normally, 3 Golden Sex-Link hens, 1 Silky hen, 1 Mutt hen (bantam rooster over one of my hens), and 1 silkie rooster...for now. Oh, and can't forget the trio of silkie and silkie crosses that are in the brooder in the garage. And lastly, the geese. We have a sweetheart Tolouse goose and a trio of Chinese geese, of which we have at least one, if not two ganders.
I've been lurking here and there and finally had to join here, because in addition to running our incubator like crazy (it has serama and silky eggs in it and muscovy and eggs from my Welshie flock in the spare incubator), we are adding two Hatchery Suprises from Cackle, along with 5 Cayuga ducks in 5 days. Then, in another month, we will be getting 5 Blue Slate Turkeys, also from Cackle. So, I'm gonna be using the forum to hopefully help identify the breeds we get so we can decide who stays and who goes. We are super excited for the new birds and we are also buying a couple of started Turkens from a friend who has the nicest birds I've ever met.
Running our farmstead is my biggest hobby and job, but I also love spending time with my husband, especially out on the gun range and in the kitchen. I love to bake and he loves to cook, which after 10 years together, I'm finally starting to get the hang of. We've been married for 5 years and are high school sweethearts, as cliche as that sounds. We also have 3 mostly indoor cats, which don't get along at all, of course. Anyway, I can't wait to jump in on a few posts here and learn from those who've been doing this way longer than me. Oh, and if anyone reading this has suggestions on which would be better, a llama or a donkey to protect against loose dogs breaching our fences, I'd love to hear them.