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As you can tell from my handle, I'm from Nebraska, and a Hick! Well, the last name is Hickman, but my favorite uncle went by Hick so I've used it in his honor ever since we got on the internet in '98.

I was raised on a central Nebraska farm.  Dad got into the chicken business, selling eggs to a local hatchery when I was very young.  We had 1500 laying hens and the roosters to go along with them. When we still were on the farm, my wife & I would raise a couple hundred chickens for butchering for ourselves & friends.  Never got to "know" any particular chicken under these circumstances.

In the winter of 2012 I was hearing a rooster rather close to the house.  Our neighbors to the west had a flock.  I discovered a Rhode Island Red rooster in our cedar tree by the back deck. Apparently, he got kicked out of the flock and was roosting here! The temps were hovering around zero, and he was getting along just fine! During the day he joined the flock and ate corn at the elevator next door, but in the evening the flock headed home and he headed for our tree!  Later he brought a hen over, and I made a pen, then a perch, then it evolved into a nice tight coop for the following winter.  Chicquita died a year ago, 4 years old.  Red is still alive, and follows us around like a puppy!  Good thing he is docile; his spurs are about 4" long.

For the full story, and if you have an hour or so to kill, check out my FB album on these birds.  There were some bad times (dog attacks 3 times) but mostly good times and fond memories.  Who would think an evening with the wife could include a hen on her lap and a rooster on mine?

My avatar was taken just last week as Red was helping himself to my bologna sandwich.

https://www.facebook.com/gary.hickman.54/media_set?set=a.254230887993477.60672.100002197026390&type=3
 

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Welcome to BYC :frow I liked your introduction and I love you avatar pic! 

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

Wow, loved your introduction! Is that Red in your avatar? He is adorable!  

 

Well you certainly have come to the right place for all the fun and learning!

 

So make yourself at home here and if you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask.

 

Welcome to our roost! :-)

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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:frow and :welcome

@NebraskaHick you killed your intro. I have not read a intro as good as that in a long time! Wow I can not get over how awesome it was. Red looks very cute and I can definitely see him as a lap chicken lol. I hope you enjoy BYC and feel free to wonder the forums and ask and answers questions as you wish! I wish you and your flock the best of luck!

Justin :thumbsup

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Welcome to Backyard chickens , glad you joined the flock.

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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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Thanks for the welcomes.  My wife says I'm a talker, and I guess it shows up in my wordy intro!  ;)

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