BYC Member Interview - nicalandia

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  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Marvin, known to BYC members as nicalandia has been a member of our community since July 2009. He will most often be found in the Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding forum section, advising breeders and discussing breeding and genetics.

    Tell us a bit more about yourself.

    My name is Marvin, I am 35 years old with a beautiful baby boy that is about to be 4 years old. I am from Nicaragua and lived in Ogden Utah from 13-24 years of age and I have many family member living there.

    Why and when did you start keeping chickens?

    I have kept chickens since I can remember, but got in to genetics when I was about 20 years old.


    Which aspect(s) of chicken keeping do you enjoy the most?

    They are very beautiful and noble creatures that will help you in more ways than just meat and eggs, they show you how simple and beautiful life can be.


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

    Andre was a 32 inches tall Giant rooster I had, he was a gentle giant that left no progeny but has a place on my heart, I rescued a few discarded battery egg laying hens(ISA browns, white leghorns) they were at the end of their productive life, very sad looking and had never touched soil and scratched for bugs their entire life, I gave them a very good life and after two years they were give to poor families as Christmas Dinner, I believed they lived a very fulfilling life(retired egg producing machine, retired to a life in the country with a flock and friends and provided nourishment to the poor)


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

    On my bachelor years I used to keep a broody Cochin and 10 hatching chicks on my bedroom for 3 weeks until I believed they were 100% sure to make it to adult hood, the room smell like a chicken coop for that time.

    Beside chickens, what other pets do you keep?

    I don’t keep chickens at this moment for lack of space, but I like to post here to help some, but I keep a cichlid tank and a pet husky.

    Anything you'd like to add?
    When I get back at breeding chickens, I would like to start the prolific blue egg laying breeding project and if I could run a second project the prolific olive/green egg laying breeding project.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/u/36900/nicalandia

    See here for more about the interview feature and a complete list of member interviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/905602/introducing-vip-member-interviews/0_30
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    :frow Marvin

    Lovely interview and it's great to know more about you :D
    Wow, I can just imagine the smell with a hen and chicks on the bedroom floor!
    Hope you are able to get back into breeding soon :fl
     
  3. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Nice interview Marvin!
    Thanks for sharing your story.
    Most of us have had chicks brooding in our houses before, yes the smell can get bad.
    Scott
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Marvin, always appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge on genetics. I've learned so much from you over the years [​IMG]
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Wonderful interview!! [​IMG]

    Wow, yes lots of us have brooded chicks in the house, but a broody too? [​IMG] I love it!!!

    Thanks for sharing your story!!
     
  6. CyndiD

    CyndiD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you Marvin for sharing
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hi, Marvin! Remember me? I actually met Marvin years ago on a different site which shall remain nameless. He was always so kind and helpful to me, me who never understood the genetic designations I call "alphabet soup", LOL.

    Marvin, I lived in Ogden, Utah myself, then later, Roy, Utah, both when my husband was stationed at Hill AFB (twice, 12 years apart). My younger son was born in Ogden. So, we have bit more in common than chickens! I remember you talking about Andre years ago, too. Thanks for the interview.
     
  8. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, speckledhen, I remember you from way back and I am glad to see you here too.

    The smell of chicken poop has never bother me at all, specially when you have a hen and about a dozen chicks, I believe that if you live in the country and don’t enjoy the smell of chickens then keeping chickens is not for you, I remember that while I was a kid I used to literally sleep with chicks at my side and while the first chick was unfortunately crush under my weight the first night, I learned to be very carful afterwards… That was long ago when life was so much simpler.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Oh, yeah, chicken poop! Kids today ought to get into some of that. They are too prissy! If chicken poop is the worst thing that happens in your life, you'll have a wonderful life! Hope you have chickens again and can do your breeding project. You are so knowledgeable about genetics, I'd love to follow your project if you post about it here.

    I agree about life being so much less complicated as a kid....and even back in the era when I was a kid, which was way further back than you. We got to be kids, didn't have to be little adults at 10 years old like they think they are now. Best to you, Marvin. I know I can always ask you a genetics question and you'll answer (and try to dumb it down for me, too!)
     
  10. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, that is true
     

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