A Bit About Me:
I live with my husband, three kids, one puppy and a flock of chickens on our little slice of heaven in the Willamette valley. In my spare time (ha!) I collect roses and quilt. Not old lady quilting...modern quilting.
It started in February 2012 with an order for a box of assorted chicks. By March I had picked up ten (or so) local feed-store chicks and had a coop and fenced yard for them all. By they time they started laying I had sold some, weeded out some roos, and was thoroughly enjoying them all. Once the rains started and they were spending more time in the coop, I sold off more of the layers, the ones my kids weren't attached to and the lazy layers.
Like most newbies I bought hatchery birds to start with, and am now being a bit more selective in the birds I add.
I built an incubator from an ice chest just to see if I could do it. I did it. That was pretty much it. I think I'm now addicted to hatching eggs. I'm turning the homemade bator into a hatcher and going to use a store bought foam bator with an auto turner for the first 18 days.
Jumping into the world of shipped hatching eggs when I have a bit of extra money. (as a single-income family, it doesn't happen often.) I'm working on adding breeding and grow-out pens, slowly, so my Mr. doesn't grumble at the chickens taking over the world.
My goal is a dozen of eggs in a rainbow of colors - from prolific, friendly layers, that lay all year.
On top of that, I'm fascinated by the Cream Legbar, Rhodebar, and Isbars. Since there is no way in heck I can afford those chicks or even eggs, I'm drooling over them and sighing wistfully.
Currently I have a mixed backyard flock, 9 hens and 2 roos.
My Backyard Egg Flock:
An Easter Egger "Chewbacca" A Bantam Buff Colombian Wyandotte: "Deuce"
A Black Copper Marans A Dominique "ZeeBee"
A Delaware A Splash Easter Egger "Sunny"
1 Rhode Island White 1 Bantam Buttercup "Cheetah"
1 White Leghorn "Lily"
1 Blue Easter Egger "Izzy"
1 Rhode Island Red
Chicks I've hatched myself
So far, just two -
An Easter Egger / Leghorn Cross & An Easter Egger / Rhode Island White Cross