My Name is Rhonda Carpenter. I am the mother of 3 grown men and happily married for 20 years. I am also an author who writes Celtic Fantasy and some Horror. If you want to know more about my writing you can check out my websites themarkofadruid.com and rhondacarpenter.com.
We have recently moved from the mountains of Southern California to a rural area of Southeaster OK that allows us to have chickens and cows and now we have the property to lead a more self sustaining lifestyle. When we moved in to the small ranch I purchased 30 chicks and raised them in a brooder box and a small outdoor area during the day until they were bigger. While they growing we transformed one of the old out buildings into a hen house. (Probably the worst mistake I made!) All but 2 of my 6 month old hens were wiped out in one night by a passel of opossums. I had left one Golden Laced Wyandot and one Rhode Island Red both hens. I was heart broken.
So I started again. I know have 5 Silver Laced Wyandot Hens, 6 Rhode Island Red hens and one rooster, 6 Golden Laced Wyandot hens and one Black Astroplope hen. I just hatched some of their eggs and while a mix of RIR rooster and the other hens the chicks are doing really well. This is my second batch the first batch was sold at once to a neighbor. This batch was 18 and they will all be sold to someone who placed an order for some chicks. I have just ordered 15 Buff Orpington and 15 lavender guinea; I am only keeping 5 of the guinea the others are going to folks who wanted guinea and asked to split an order.
The flock keeps getting bigger. I really enjoy watching them free-range the property they are so funny to watch and frequently I catch myself laughing out loud at their antics. Eggs sales are great and they totally pay for themselves and then some. Out ranch includes 20 acres 6 heifers, an ever growing flock, 5 cats and to yellow Labrador Retrievers.