About time I actually joined

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cyber Smoggy, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Cyber Smoggy

    Cyber Smoggy Chirping

    Jun 26, 2019
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    I'm Dean. A little bit about me. I am a husband, Father and military Veteran. I was injured in Afghanistan in 2010 (a sniper shot me through the head, yes really).

    I have been anonymously learning from the BYC website since the end of last year and I have only just found your phone app so I thought it was about time I actually got involved and interacted with you knowledgeable people.
    I will probably just follow the BYC "template" for this introduction so I hope people find it okay.

    Around 9 months ago a spur of the moment decision from the wife was to register interest to take in some rescued battery hens.
    We then purchased a 2-4 chicken coop we found online and waited patiently for the invitation to collect some chickens.
    We ended up taking 4 hens, apparently they were in amazing condition considering where they came from (I've since read awful stories regarding the poor condition of other rescued batches).
    We have thoroughly enjoyed having them in our lives and our 3 year old daughter really loves them so we went and purchased another coop (8-10 large chickens) and 4 Welsumer's last week at the Lincolnshire Show.
    We aren't going to get rid of the smaller coop, they will just have a choice of where to go once they are all fully integrated.

    We have 1 cockerel and 7 hens.

    4 ex-battery hens (I'm unsure of the breed) & 4 Welsumer's (1 cockerel & 3 hens).

    I think they are hilarious to watch, they each have their own little personalities and it has been great to see how the 4 hens have took to their new lives.
    I'm looking forward to getting to know the Welsumer's once they are fully integrated.

    At the minute I am trying to branch into cybersecurity, I'm doing a lot of online learning from various sources (I've always been a computer geek ever since my Commodore 64 in the late 80's, early 90's).
    I'm also really into modifying cars (I thought I would grow out of it but I still love it, much to the wife's dismay).

    My wife and I have a 3 year old daughter (4 next week), we have 2 KC registered British Bulldogs, an RSPCA rescue cat, an Irish horse, a Shetland pony and the 8 chickens.
    We live in a rural area with a little under 2 and a half acres of land, our chickens are free range and have the run of the land.

    I found BYC through online search engines last year when I first started researching up on keeping chickens.

    I'm looking forward to chatting to people on here rather than just anonymously learning, this took longer than I expected to write and now it's 00:51 and I'm off to sleep but I will chat to everyone in the morning.
    I'm sure I have probably missed a lot from this so feel free to ask any questions if you have any, I will try and get some pictures for you all tomorrow.

  2. Parront

    Parront Crowing

    Jul 27, 2017
    Prescott, AZ
    Nice to meet you and Welcome to BYC!
  3. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello, Dean, and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    OMG, shot in the head??!! I'm glad to see you appear to have recovered rather well.
    Enjoy your chickens. They are wonderful therapy.
  4. mesalina87

    mesalina87 Songster

    Apr 14, 2019
    South Central PA
    :weeThank you for your service and glad you are here. Welcome to the flock of crazy chicken people. Pull up a chair and sit a spell. Good luck in your learning!
  5. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

    Aug 17, 2016
    Salt Lake City, UT
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join our wonderful community! :welcome
  6. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    My Coop
    Welcome :frow Glad you decided to join us! Embrace life as a ‘chicken tender’ :)
  7. trumpeting_angel

    trumpeting_angel Crowing

    Feb 6, 2019
    So glad to have you! It's about time you actually joined! ;) :gig

    Sounds like you're from the UK? Welcome!

  8. Im sorry about your injury but I think with your farm, animals, wife and tiny daughter you seem to have a great life. I also find my chickens amusing. When you had your Commodore 64 did you play “Choplifter”? I loved that game! Anyway, welcome to the forum!
  9. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    Hello, and welcome! Nice to meet you! Glad that you joined! Good luck with all of those chicken's and other pet's.
  10. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello Dean and welcome to BYC. I hope that you enjoy your time here.

    This is a useful link to take a look at - “How to...” guides. You may wish to consider including your location (using the guide in the link above). You can use this link to contact members in your area - UK

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie

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