Five Acres of Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Khavilah, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Khavilah

    Khavilah Chirping

    May 26, 2014
    Southern Utah
    Hi. I forgot to introduce myself earlier when I came here, registered, and posted a panicky post about a sick chicken of mine. So here's the official press release because now I'm not panicking.

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

    Had chickens as a teenager and loved them. Then, as an adult, my sister and I were going to have a few chickens as a project, but she ended up moving after she got them so they all came to me. I started (in Las Vegas, NV) with her flock of ten chickens; two died, had to slaughter the two meaties, got two more layers from a friend, lost three to a windstorm and a pond, and then I moved to Utah.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?

    And then I got 26 more chicks in the mail and a flock of eight from a friend. Of the adults, one from my original flock turned up missing (my favorite one :( - she used to ride on my shoulder) and one from the new flock I lost to an unknown illness. Of the 26 chicks, I lost five. So I have, at last count, 21 chicks almost 11 weeks old, one rooster, and ten adult / laying hens.

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    4 white leghorns (Sir Soupington, Rose, TwinkleToes, MudButt)
    1 red sex link ('Rina; her sister, the one who sat on my shoulder, was Zelda)
    1 black australorpe (Oz)
    1 barred rock (Petty - because she likes pets (the kids named her))
    1 dark cornish (Chickie; her sister, one we lost, was named Bickie)
    3 black rocks (??) (they're all the Triple Chocolate Brownies because we can't tell them apart)
    5 buff orpingtons (Puffy, Buffy, Muffy, Duffy, and Scruffy)
    9 aurucanas (Beyoncegg, Valkin, Shadow, and six unnamed ones)
    6 silver laced wyandottes (we haven't named these guys yet; they're too hard to tell apart right now)
    1 pearl white leghorn (Snowflake; the only chick of her breed to survive from the hatchery, so she's unique)

    (4) How did you find out about

    Always went to it for help and information; finally decided to join when I had more than a handful of chickens.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    Goats, reading, building fences, painting actual paintings, reading, writing, craft stuff, and strange taxidermy projects. Oh, and reading.

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.

    This farm I have now has five acres. I've cut one off by fence for the chickens and goats to roam in; everyone would be free-range on the whole property except that the goats have jumped on the hood of my truck more than once and I really would love to have a garden one day. The last thing I planted - even with the chicken wire over the top of it - was almost immediately trampled and eaten and then used for dirt bathing. The goats were in cahoots with the chickens for that one.

    I have two boys (ages 4 and 6). I have one husband who kicks back in his urn on my nightstand. We have one cat (Muffin) who tolerates and ignores most of the other animals. We have two goat wethers (PJ and Clyde). We also have 61 fish, nine red-eared slider turtles, two bearded dragons (Face & Renji), and a countless number of tadpoles and toads and frogs that just hang out in the little Frog Island area. Oh, and a California King Snake named Smiley who the boys claim is a she.

    I love living this life more than anything else. I've lived in the city all my life and this ... out here, where the air is clean, where the land is tillable, where the neighbors are more than 20 feet to either side, where I can let my kids run free in the backyard because it's all dirt and fun ... this is the life. I can't imagine going back to the city for anything. The fresh air and space and tending to animals has almost cured my anxiety issues.

    Yay chickens! The kids are teaching the Buffs to ride on their shoulders for treats. They're so much more docile and friendly compared to the other breeds.

    Oh, and Khavilah is the name of my farm. It means "package" in Hebrew (which I'm roughly translating to "gift") and also is the land of milk and honey between two rivers in Eden.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014
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  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY

    It's so nice to have a place to call home that you can really enjoy and raise your own livestock (and garden once you figure out the chicken/goat issue). LOL

    Your farm name sounds similar to my daughter's name (Chavaleh).

    Again, welcome and feel free to post lots of pics!! :D
  3. HugHess

    HugHess Chickrack Addict

    Jul 14, 2014
    Belated WELCOME aboard.
    I almost hit the floor while reading your biopic...Beyoncegg...[​IMG] Thank you for that!
  4. Khavilah

    Khavilah Chirping

    May 26, 2014
    Southern Utah
    Beyoncegg was the prettiest, biggest chick from the hatchery. She looked like a chipmunk and had the most fluffiness on the side of her face. She was the star of the show. :D
  5. Khavilah

    Khavilah Chirping

    May 26, 2014
    Southern Utah
    Oh man, wait'll I get to my phone; I'll post pictures galore. I just have to have a moment between chicken-tending and egg-retrieving and kid-wrangling.
    Love the name Chavaleh, by the way.
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sounds like you have a busy farm! That is a nice varied flock, sorry for the birds you've lost, good luck with the rest of them.
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sorry for the ones you have lost. But it sounds like you have a lovely flock!

    Enjoy all these babies and welcome to our flock!
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Great introduction, and you have some really great layers among your breeds; particularly the White Leghorns, Red Sex Link, and Black Australorp. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC, and thank you for the lesson in Hebrew, I think. I only know a few words, so now I can add one more.

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