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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CluelessKittens, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. CluelessKittens

    CluelessKittens In the Brooder

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    Hello all, my name is CluelessKittens! I recently bought a house in a medium-sized city where I live with my husband, dog, cat and turtle. I am so excited to finally have an outdoor space where I will be starting a garden this spring and where we will (hopefully) be adding 4-6 chickens.

    I have lived with debilitating anxiety and depression my entire life, so I have found that hobbies are difficult for me to maintain. I dabble in many things such as writing, painting, learning various instruments, photography, pottery, coloring, etc. The only things I have ever really stuck with are activities with plants and animals. When I graduated college and moved in with my husband we adopted our dog who is the highlight of my life (sorry boyfriend, but it's true). Two years later we rescued our cat from a friend who could no longer care for her. I noticed my anxiety was considerably more manageable after spending quality time with my fur-babies; taking care of something and receiving love from them has done so much for my mental health, and I truly enjoy every minute of it (even the stinky ones lol).

    I started thinking about chickens when I became seriously interested in cooking. I discovered Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan and it literally changed my life and the way I think about creating meals. I don't adhere strictly to the Paleo lifestyle but I have strived to add more plants into my diet, and have become very aware of how little I know about food. Now that we live in a house and have 2,000 sqft of outdoor space, I am determined to grow as much of our own food as we can. Chickens were naturally a part of that plan as they provide eggs, the single most versatile element in the kitchen (in my opinion). A little surprising to me, my husband is just as excited about the idea of keeping backyard chickens as I am! We are planning on building our own coop our of recycled materials found in our home (the people before us left A LOT of construction wood and tools behind) and keeping between 3-6 laying chickens. Breeds we are most interested in keeping are Wyandottes, Black Australorps and Buckeyes, and are intrigued by the idea of also keeping ducks maybe.

    I stumbled upon Back Yard Chickens while searching for coop designs and plans. I joined the community here so I have a place to ask questions or get advice because backyard chickens are not a very common thing where I live.
     
  2. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to our FUNomenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of fun!
     
  3. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Crossing the Road

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    Welcome to BYC :frow:welcome
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  4. cleoandtheflock

    cleoandtheflock Songster

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    Welcome to the flock
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  5. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BackYard Chickens! Thanks for joining! :frow
     
  6. Bamabexchicks

    Bamabexchicks Crossing the Road

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    Hi! Welcome to BYC! I find my chickens bring a good deal of solace and entertainment into our lives. There is something zen-like and comforting to watch them just going about their day.
    This is a great place to learn about them, and to find really knowledge people who will be there to help you when the inevitable emergencies come up!
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  7. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Wildlife Biologist

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    :yesss: :welcome :yesss:
    Welcome to our eggcelent flock here at BYC

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  8. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    I adopted a Paleo diet about a year ago as well and that was what originally prompted me to get chickens. Warning! They are VERY addictive!
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC, and good luck in establishing your flock.
     
  10. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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