# Urbanfarmer101s Page

1. Backyard Farm
(Est. 2009)

I let my kids talk me into chickens, and now I am addicted.
Here are the first 27 chicks. All of them survived a newbie, a 4 year old and lots of mistakes. 07/09

The red one is Ruby and she was our favorite.

Here they are all grown up
March 31, my silkie hen was broody (again) so I decided to let her sit on some eggs. I candled at day 10 and had 5 out of 6! Whoo Hoo. If it wern't for BYC, I wouldn't have had any clue how to do any of these things.
Here is our first hatchling. Hatched on day 22-we were so excited!
We hatched another one this morning on day 23. It looks just like the first one. Guess I am going to have some more Silver Spangled Hamburgs. My Roo is beautiful! Hope they get some of his looks.

I just sold 7 Silver Hamburgs and bought 2 Cochins and a Maran. The next day I went and bought 6 buff orpingtons and 4 Barred Rock. This morning I went to get more EE and Silver laced Wydonttes.
Seriously, Need an intervention. HELP

Chicken Math
Earlier I was reading a thread about chicken math. It was funny and you know we all do it. So, I thought I would record my method of doing equations that justify my overflowing coop.
As you know, I sold all of my Silver Hamburgs, thus bringing my chicken total down to 18. When I went to do my nightly coop count, I was kinda sad to see so many empty spaces on the perch. With a heavy heart, I told myself that was just how it was going to be. We had a very hard winter in Iowa and the feed bill was crazy with 25 birds. I kept telling myself that I wanted a smaller flock! And, I failed miserably with that mantra. Next I started saying, 25 is the perfect number to have. I started browsing chicken breeds I would like to "someday" add.
If you read the above passages, you will note that my silkie hatched out two babies (silver hambergs-oh the irony) so now the math is 32+2=30. I just couldn't be that far off in my calculations. I also saw an ad on craigslist for cochins and went and picked up two cochins AND a maran. So again time to do some math. 32+3=30 YIKES I own 30 chickens?!? I took myself firmly in hand and said, "self, no more, you have to stop!" Totally committed to stopping, I settled my heart on my 30 chickens and headed out to the coop to check on them.

When I entered the backyard, I noticed my neighbor standing there. I had talked to her the day before about getting her own chickens. I don't know her very well, and thought it was strange that she was out by the coop instead of ringing the doorbell. Anyway I noticed that she was carrying a chicken! I was so excited. I thought she was starting her own flock-wrong! Seems that her daughter found this particlar chicken (partridge cochin) running around, downtown Des Moines in a parking lot. It took her daugher and a friend about 45 minutes to catch the chicken. ( Boy do I want to see that video footage) She brought it to her mom who knew a lady who would take it. Of course that lady was me. You know, the crazy neighbor who raises lots of chickens. Like 30 is a lot? We are now proud owners of one partridge cochin named Fudge Stripe. Let's do the math. 35+1=25. Backyard farms is now at it's chicken capacity of 25 chickens. This, I feel is the perfect number.