Welcome, Connie!Greetings all,
My name is Connie and I'm in Loveland, CO. Been here for 8.5 years, before that, Montrose for 18, and grew up a hippie kid in Boulder etc.
I've had chickens most of my adult life, but for a chicken-less stint of 10 years. We moved to this house in September of 2012, chickens added spring of 2013. We then lost half our birds in the Big Flood. 30+ inches of water on our whole place. Lots of damage to shop and grounds - minimal overall to the house. Thankfully we had flood insurance, but that didn't help the trauma!
We are mostly back together now, thankfully. I have recently been enlightened about breeder/ show quality birds, and found a flock of Blue Laced Red Wyandottes, that I now own. They are 2-4 years old and I'm hoping to get lots of eggs this spring. Sue Sterling lines. I'm also interested in Blues/Blacks/Splash - Blue Wyandottes and just had a shipment of 10 chicks in from Nittany Wyandottes. They are pretty little babies!
I'll be adding from 3 good breeders of BLR's in the next month, 10 chicks each, so I'll have a good group to start with. I used to show top quality Alpine and Oberhasli goats, horses, rabbits, and am currently showing 2 mini dachshunds. Why I didn't do SQ chickens before is beyond me. Maybe 'cause I was raising children? My hubby and I have 11 - 7 mine, 3 his, one ours. Last one is almost 17 and I can hardly believe that.
I have a small mixed flock of hatchery birds, that I'll phase out eventually, but they are flood survivors.. Plus I had ordered the rare pullet mix from McMurray's - 50 and only 15 survived, gah! Not replacing them but going to focus on the wyandottes - oh and maybe some top Ameraucanas.
Since it's been so cold, I've been doing a LOT of reading here. Just got caught up with the last months or so of this thread. Good reading!
I have 1.35 acres with a 60x40 fenced garden. I'll be starting plants next week and am planning on growing LOTS of flowers this year. I live on a busy street and hope to sell some flowers and eggs.
Good to be here!
Connie - who needs to figure out how to add a signature.