Chicken Newbie- 4 months and counting...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by KelseyCochin, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. KelseyCochin

    KelseyCochin Chirping

    Jan 16, 2018
    Belton, SC
    853DA371-AA8D-4434-AFE8-1B43CAA401B2.jpeg I got my first trio- Bielefelder, Cochin, and Olive Egger about four months ago. I fell in love, so of course it made sense to buy 29 cochin hatchlings and start incubating leghorns and golden comets. Soon I had fifty! I’ve been mostly giving them away or selling them for practically nothing since then. I’ve hatched several extremely successful batches of eggs since, including one duckling who thinks he is a chicken. But don’t fear, I’m buying him a companion or two on Saturday.
    Currently, I have my original trio, one adult Silkie hen, a juvenile Silkie, five juvenile Cochins in addition to my first cochin (three of which are bantam, and of those, two are frizzles!), and four chicks of mysterious lineage that I hatched late December.
    I joke that I’ve owned practically every vertebrate type besides turtles and crocodilians. This is hyperbole, but I am a tremendous lover of all creatures. I’ve had snakes, geckos, anoles, bearded dragons, fish, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, tree frogs, some invertebrates, and naturally cats and dogs.
    Sadly, as part of the repercussions of my divorce nearly three years ago, I had to sell or rehome my exotic pets. I’m still sad, but I know I’ll own a plethora of animals once again. My oldest is allergic to most mammals, so that’s also tragic for us both since she loves critters as much as me.
    I’m recently engaged (applause and cheers), and our dream is to own a farm. So I anticipate many feathered friends and tons of other species to come.
    I’m a middle school science teacher, and I love introducing my animals and students to each other. They loved my chickens as babies, but they’re a bit intimidated by their current juvenile/young adult size.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC, and good luck in realizing your 'farm dream'.
  3. chickadoodles

    chickadoodles Crossing the Road

    Feb 28, 2013
    Gone camping
    Hello and welcome to BYC. :frow
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word!

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    Wonderful intro! Sorry you had to let go of some of your pets. :hugsNever easy.

    Make yourself at home here and welcome to our roost! :)
  5. 007Sean

    007Sean Addict

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy:welcome:frowHappy:ya to have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
    Sorry about rehoming your beloved always hurts no matter the circumstances. Hope your dream farm comes true!:goodpost:
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    So glad you joined us at Backyard chickens :celebrate
  7. Hope Hughes

    Hope Hughes Crossing the Road

    Apr 1, 2017
    Madison, FL
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!!
    So glad to have you here!!
    Thanks for sharing your story!!
    You have come to the right place.
    There are many people on here that are ready to help in anyway they can!
    The learning center also has alot of great information on it as well!
  8. Mimi’s 13

    Mimi’s 13 fuhgettaboutit

    Jan 6, 2018
    Centre, AL
    Welcome to BYC. With all those birds you sound like you’re a “hardened professional,” but I know you’ll still find this site very informative.
    Thank you for sharing your critters with the children. I was once a kid who loved and had just about everything, except a snake. My parents wouldn’t have allowed that. Your sharing of the creatures, big and small, will create animal lovers and possible veterinarians in years to come.
    We are glad to have you! :frow
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G’Day from down under Kelsey :frow Welcome and Congratulations!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.
  10. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello Kelsey and welcome to BYC

    Here’s a link to the Articles section - There you’ll find lots of information on almost every aspect of keeping chickens - from coop building ideas, to incubating eggs.

    If you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource -

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - Find Your State Thread

    All the best

    Pork Pie

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