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Benny, known to BYC members as Akrnaf2, has been a member of our community since May 2014. Another of our wonderful all-rounders, he is known for his friendliness and good advice.

 

1. Tell us a bit more about yourself. 

My name is Benjamin, but all my friends and family calls me Benny.
I live in Israel but I was born in Tripoli Libya. 
For the last 20 years, I am happily married to the most beautiful Lady in the world and we have together 3 wonderful children.
I am a zoologist by academic education but I work, (it is 26 years now!) as a Biology teacher, in several high schools here.
I prepare my students for the matriculation exams and I have more then 1500 former students.
My M.Sc thesis dealt with the genetics of Broad lipped (white) rhino. In the research I had to do some paternal exams to the rhinos.
To do that I needed some Genetics material from the rhinos, after months of brain storming to find a way to get the DNA WITHOUT putting asleep the animals, the only option that we found was to use the DNA from some of the rhino hair follicles.
If you know how rhinos are built, you should know that they are virtually hair less, so the only option was to pluck hairs from.... the tip of their ears! I THINK that I am the only person in the world that plucked rhino's hair and survived to tell that!
I have many hobbies and fields of interest. I love to paint, especially animals and flowers. I also love very much to read and learn, and I am interested almost in everything. I truly want to know EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING! So I read a lot, and learn a lot. I also love very much to scuba dive and spear fishing, I love to cook, and to eat. And I am always in the search for the best Cosher food I can find. I love to travel, and to do sport, power lifting especially!
One of the biggest hobbies of mine, is of course raising chickens.
And that was the reason that brought me to BYC, and gave me the opportunity to meet some wonderful people from all over the world.

2. Why and when did you start keeping chickens?

I am keeping only hens, no roosters and no ducks, and it all started by a coincidence!
One evening,  a few years back I went for a jog and returned home 5 minutes after I started with a chicken I have found sitting on my yard fence! And this one chicken began this wonderful hobby!  My wife laughed at me and said that I am like Shaul the biblical king, that went to search for donkeys and found monarchy, but in my case it was a chicken and not monarchy........
I raise chicken because I am enjoying their colour, shape, and of course I enjoy very much the wonderful eggs they produce for my family and me.

3. Which aspect(s) of chicken keeping do you enjoy the most?


Chicken are pure fun! And every one that have them know exactly what I mean, no explanation required.
The most important aspect of this Hobby, from my point of view,  is that it MAKES me learn, search and read about chickens history, genetics, breeds, feeding, incubating, ect. I guess its fills my desire of scientific research. The big bonus is that I made, through this hobby, connection with people from all over the world! I am member in chickens forums in New Zeeland, Britain and of course the most important are all my Americans friends in BYC!
Another thing is that my knowledge in biology and especially in microbiology give me the opportunity to help some other breeders with their chickens health problems, so it's "tickle " the dormant Veterinarian in me.

4. Which members of your flock, past and present, stand out for you and why?

I have some health issues that make me hear sounds much louder than they really are, so I can't stand loud noise. This is the reason that I don't have roosters.
I have a beautiful BPR hen called BR ( "Black Right" she has a black zip tie on her right leg), a gifted layer, and she is the alfa hen in the flock. I think that the alfa position confused her and she thinks that she is a ROOSTER!
So she usually stand on the highest point in the yard, which is exactly near my bedroom, and starts to HONK! It feels like a train coming at you.
The situation usually ends when she gets a 50 MPH encounter with a half rotten  Guava......

5. What was the funniest (chicken/duck related) thing(s) that happened to you in your years as poultry owner?

3 years ago, my youngest daughter that was then 5 years old, decided that she wants to present in front of her kindergarten friends her chickens and to pass a lesson of what is the meaning of being a veterinarian, (that what she want to be, so she said..)
So we prepared a very nice poster, we brought a stethoscope, chicken, colouring pics..
And some fake eggs as present, AND one of my BPR hens in a box.
The lesson was terrific until I took out the chicken. In that moment, I think she stressed out from the situation and all the children around, she laid an egg on the table. The faces and the reaction of the children that understood that eggs comes from chicken B.....t  was incredible!

6. Beside chickens and ducks, what other pets do you keep?

I currently don't keep any other pets, but before we had children, we had in one time, in apartment of 70 sqM: 3 scorpions ,2 cats, 4 love birds, 1 squirrel (yes they are pets here...) a big aquarium AKA fish tank, and......3 meter Burmese python!

7. Anything you'd like to add?

Yes, I love all my BYC friends!

Aaaaa here is the selfie of the one and only ME! lau.gif

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/u/296003/akrnaf2

 
See here for more about the interview feature and a complete list of member interviews: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/905602/introducing-vip-member-interviews/0_30
 

 

“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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post #2 of 47

So nice to hear the whole story of the man behind the name!

Thanks for sharing, Always enjoyed your posts and food pic's.

Scott

1 puts up with me DW, 3DD's, a few grand kids, a few chicks, a alot of pigeons, a few chicks, a few horses, a few  chicks,  a few dogs, a few more chicks, a few cats, alot of chickens,  alot more chicks, And only 2 acres for all of them to grow, thrive, and have fun on.

 

This time BYC chickens from early 90's, 1st time with Granddad and his layers on his dairy farm back in the 60's

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1 puts up with me DW, 3DD's, a few grand kids, a few chicks, a alot of pigeons, a few chicks, a few horses, a few  chicks,  a few dogs, a few more chicks, a few cats, alot of chickens,  alot more chicks, And only 2 acres for all of them to grow, thrive, and have fun on.

 

This time BYC chickens from early 90's, 1st time with Granddad and his layers on his dairy farm back in the 60's

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post #3 of 47

Great interview Benny, nice to "meet" you after seeing you around the forums!

Forum FAQ & tips: post #1

Find your state thread: post #1

Like to bake? Come join us! post #1

 

Drop in to say hi! http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1050266/the-nfc-b-day-chat-thread/15990#post_18076945

Debby

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Forum FAQ & tips: post #1

Find your state thread: post #1

Like to bake? Come join us! post #1

 

Drop in to say hi! http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1050266/the-nfc-b-day-chat-thread/15990#post_18076945

Debby

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post #4 of 47
Lovely interview, Benny! "50 MPH encounter with a half rotten Guava" had me laughing out loud. lau.gif
Edited by BantyChooks - 12/14/16 at 5:40am
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Benny, so nice to hear from you.  I've dropped out of the hatching scene, but may be back to it this spring.  You still hanging out there?  Just loved your interview, and your stories.  The international flair here makes our world just a bit smaller, doesn't it???  

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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post #6 of 47
Who is that ugly Dud over there? Ha it's me! gig.gif

I thank you all for your lovely words!
״הרוצה להתעלות אל יחפור בור לחברו אלא יבנה גבעה לעצמו״
"He who want's to be a bigger men, should not dig a hole to his friend, but raise a hill to himself!"
״חז״ל״
״Our old and wוse people״

My BYC interview
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1145141/byc-member-interview-akrnaf2#post_17846248
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״הרוצה להתעלות אל יחפור בור לחברו אלא יבנה גבעה לעצמו״
"He who want's to be a bigger men, should not dig a hole to his friend, but raise a hill to himself!"
״חז״ל״
״Our old and wוse people״

My BYC interview
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1145141/byc-member-interview-akrnaf2#post_17846248
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post #7 of 47

Love the story about the Rhino.

Married to the old dude. One horse: Thor. One mini horse: Panama Jack. 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 14 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele....

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Married to the old dude. One horse: Thor. One mini horse: Panama Jack. 4 cockatiels:  Nutter Butter, Crystal, Kiki, Marco. 2 parakeets:  The Lemon Drop twins.  1 eccentric peacock:  George. 1 pet terrapin:  Mr. Tuttle. And 14 world famous Jersey Giants hens! Also 1 Black Copper Marans Rooster:  Lying Larry.  2 Black Copper Hens:  Moe, and Curly. Blue Copper Marans rooster:  Son of Steele....

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post #8 of 47

Mr. B!!!!!  :love  Great interview!!! :hugs I am thrilled I knew all that about you already EXCEPT the painting????  Really???  please share a few!!! Image may contain: outdoor


Edited by Sally Sunshine - 12/14/16 at 8:06am
post #9 of 47

Great interview Benny :hugs !!!

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I also want to see the artwork!!

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