BYC Member Interview - Math Ace

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by sumi, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Lisa, known to BYC members as math ace, has been a member of our community since December 2009. Another of our wonderful all rounders, she is known for her friendly advice and her beautiful flock of chickens.

    1. Tell us a bit more about yourself.

    I am a high school math teacher, hence the user name Math Ace. I've been married for so long that I don't even count the years anymore! We live in a small town located just outside Jacksonville, Florida. I like to fish, camp, cook, sew, garden and travel.

    2. Why and when did you start keeping chickens?

    Chickens are something that came into my life about 7 years ago. At first, I shared the cost of feed with a friend who took care of the chickens and we shared in the eggs. WOW, those were some of the best tasting eggs I had even eaten. After a couple of years, my friend had to move to a new home without chickens. Well, it was time to man up...Get some chickens of my own OR go back to eating store bought eggs. CHICKENS is what I decided to do.

    I was pretty ignorant about chickens until that moment in my life. I quickly decided I needed to get an education. I checked out a ton of poultry books from the library AND found BYC on the internet. That is when the serious learning began. I learned a ton about general husbandry from folks like Dawg53. Plus, I was lucky enough to find some dedicated mentors ( cpartist, snowbird, and pinkchick) to educate me about the finer points of the SOP for various breeds that I was interested in. These people were so patient with me and all my questions!

    3. Which members of your flock, past and present, stand out for you and why?

    Birds that stand out.... TSUNAMI... That was the first rooster I bonded with. What a sweet gentle giant he was. I will find some pictures of this 9lb Black Copper Marans cock with the best mellow temperament you could ever ask for.

    The next special bird is an easter egger hen with a cross beak. What makes her special is not the cross beak, but her temperament. She will stand at out feet and peck us if we don't hand feed her treats. She is so tame that she is every little child's favorite chicken because she just stands at their feet and waits to be picked up. I will post some pics of Wild Thing, the super friendly easter egger.

    4. What was the funniest (chicken related) thing(s) that happened to you in your years as chicken owner?

    Funny stories.... I just discovered that a couple of my hens really like beets. I was letting some of the hens free range in my garden. One day I was pulling grass out of my garden and in comes a hen. She makes a beeline straight to a beet and starts tearing into it. Then I discovered that she had already eaten several of my beets. NO MORE FREE RANGING IN MY GARDEN!

    I've seen one of roosters chase a stray dog out of my yard. The rooster flew onto the dog's rump and rode it out of the yard. That was hilarious! This is one of my favorite roosters to this day. Since that stray dog attack, my entire yard has been fenced to protect the birds. I don't see any reason to test fate by leaving the birds at risk of predator attack.

    5. Beside chickens, what other pets do you keep?

    Total Pet Count.... 80 mature chickens, 60 baby chicks, 15 mollies (fish), 2 elderly pot belly pigs, and 1 young kitten! OBTW, when my husband built my first coop about 6 years ago, he told me I could get 10 chickens.. LOL...

    6. Anything you'd like to add?

    Before ending this interview, I would be remiss if I didn't mention what breeds I ended up selecting. After all the research, after visiting several chicken shows, after raising chickens from various breeds, I ended up with 4 main breeds. They are the Black Copper Marans, Buff Leghorns, Delawares, and Speckled Sussex. IMHO, the very best all around bird for egg production, egg size, meat bird, and personality is the Delaware.

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  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Excellent interview Lisa. Your expertise in poultry keeping is truly exemplary. Also, you ought to write a book about "time management," you're a professional in that area too!
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Very nice interview. [​IMG] Love the name Tsunami! Some of those big boys can be so sweet. Great pics too!

    Thanks for sharing!! [​IMG]
  4. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Very nice interview, loved the rooster riding dog story, lol. Thanks for sharing your story!
  5. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    Only ten chickens. Humm.
    Well I suppose you can start teaching chicken math now.

  6. Lynn Manes

    Lynn Manes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2015
    Great interview Lisa. Nice to meet you and your birds. Nice looking flock you have there.
  7. KentuckyMom

    KentuckyMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2013
    Foster, Kentucky
    @math ace Thank you for a fun interview, Lisa. For a math teacher, your counting skills are slightly lacking.
    ( Has your husband ever pointed this out?)
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2015
  8. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Maybe it's the "new" math? [​IMG]
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  10. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011


    Loved the interview! :)

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