Randykid
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Shell Lake WI

Randykid

In the Brooder, Male, from Shell Lake WI

Randykid was last seen:
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    August 17
    Location:
    Shell Lake WI
    What’s your main reason for joining our community?:
    I grew up on a dairy farm and have always had chickens. Now that I'm on my own I've got my own coop with chickens. I use this website a lot for recommendations on how to make my chicken coop the best it can be.
    Hey all, my name is Randy and I thought I’d introduce myself a little bit. I’m 32 years old and I grew up on a small, 30 cow dairy farm in northern Wisconsin, and this is where my interest in chickens began. My dad was the youngest of 13, and while in high school in Illinois, he raised over 125 chickens the back yard and sold the eggs to the local grocery stores. My grandfather was a logger in northern WI, and by the time my dad was a junior in high school, my grandmother had moved up to WI with my grandpa. Dad was trusted to take care of the house, and instead of getting a job, he decided to raise chickens for the eggs and meat. We had chickens on the farm, but maybe 20 at most. I was the oldest of 3, I have a younger brother and sister. This fall, my parents will be going on 40 years of milking cows on their small family farm. I stop by when I can to help out with field work and chores, and each fall, my wife share a sweet corn business with my parents as well. They realized about 20 years ago that milking cows alone was not going to gain them much profit so they started their own sweet corn business.

    I got married in the summer of 2010, and right away built a small chicken coop for my very first birds. I went with 3 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Barred Rocks, and 4 Rhode Island Reds because those were what we had growing up on the farm. Nine years later, I my coop has grown a bit to almost 50 chickens and 10 guinea fowl.

    I have a variety of breeds right now (due to bringing home a few chicks from the science classroom when they hatched the eggs from an incubator as a class project. I taught physical education at the time and the science teacher approached me about taking them when no one else would). I would say my favorite breed is the Buff Orpington because of how docile and curious they are and how good they are in cold weather (it gets COLD up here in the north!). Right now I have Lavender Orpingtons, Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, Ameraucanas, Silver Laced Wyandottes, and a couple Blue and Black Copper Marans. I also have guineas, which I have come to enjoy. I do a lot of waterfowl hunting, and thus have a black lab for retrieving. It seems like every year the ticks get worse here, so having guineas has been real nice. Cabela, our lab, would always come in with at least 15-20 ticks on her, after being outside for just 2 minutes. After I released the guineas, she would maybe come in with one or two. For this reason, I have kept up with having guineas in my yard.

    Some favorite aspects of raising chickens is just watching them grow and interact with watch other and their surroundings. I’ve always enjoyed getting the eggs as well, from the time I was a kid and still to this day. my hope is that it’ll be something my kids will find joy in someday. Other hobbies of mine are John Deere tractors, Honda three wheelers and Arctic Cat snowmobiles. I’m also an avid hunter, fisherman, and all around outdoorsman. My hope is to have a small hobby farm someday with multiple animals.

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