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Greetings from Northern Maine!

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Hi!

 

I'm Jon.  My partner, Tessa, and I have "adopted" some chickens from a friend of ours, and have already started the painstakingly slow process of making friends with our new flock.

 

I grew up around chickens.  My family had a couple dozen Rhode Island Reds, in addition to some little white things that I think were meant for meat (protip: don't name future dinners.. it's traumatic on a pre-teen), turkeys, pigs and rabbits.

 

But, as my partner and I are working towards more self-reliance, and less need for grocery stores, our next obvious step was to invest in some layers.  As of this past Sunday, we are now the proud parents of a couple of Silkies as surrogate "moms", and for chicks: a "blue" (no clue), a cute little brown thing that reminds me of a chipmunk, and some Wyandotte mixes.  I built our coop based on some of the ideas I found on this forum, and, of course, WAY over-engineered it.  It should hold a dozen hens comfortably, and I could park my truck on it.  :-)

 

We're super excited to be embarking on this journey and we're hoping to be able to purchase some land in the near future and add some other farm-like critters to our odd family as well.

 

When I'm not a cheekin farmer (ha!), I'm a stay-at-home house hubby (for lack of a better word), a full-time college student, and the singer/guitarist for a blues power trio.  

 

Very glad to be here.  I hope to meet some neighbors. :-)

 

 

PS.  The sikies and "brownie" are in my avatar... I'll add more cheekin pix as I think to.

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frow.gif Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

Lovely breed choices you've got.
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frow.gif Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

Lovely breed choices you've got.

Thanks!  And thanks!  Our friend picked them out for us.  I was expecting to just get a fistful of Rhode Island Red chicks and raising them in the house (like we did when I was younger), but this combination seems to be working well.

 

I adore the silkies.  What beautiful birds!  My Dad "met" them yesterday and thought so as well.. he stated that he'd never seen a cheekin like that, so I was able to share some of what I'd Googled on them.

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Nice to meet you Jon & Tessa, Welcome to Backyard chickens. You may want to check out the "silkie thread," to learn more about them.

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Hi Jon and Tessa and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. You have the makings of a great flock there!

 

 

 

All the best

CT

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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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Hello and welcome. I'm new around here as well. Loved the bio/intro. My husband and I are also working towards a more self reliant lifestyle. Baby steps for us! It's tough with a teenager in the house!
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