Gone from lurker to official! :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by txhall3, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. txhall3

    txhall3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2015
    Leander, Texas
    Hi everyone,
    My name is Heather and we live outside of Austin in Leander, Tx. I have my first flock as an adult and am totally in love and obsessed. :) We did lots of research and my kiddos and I carefully selected our new additions and have loved them since we brought them home. Unfortunately I made the mistake of not quarantining them at first ( my thought process being that because we got them from 4 different places I didn't want one chick by itself. They were all within a week of each other in age until I brought one in that was 4 weeks older. That one also brought mites, coccidia, and a respiratory infection. :/ ) so several vet visits and big bills later we saved almost all but lost the youngest- a tolbunt Polish named Miriam. So sad ( but had the distinction of being the first client to bring 10 chicks to the vet office, lol!) but I learned quite a bit. Still learning and reading everything I can. Our young flock of 6-8 month olds consists of:
    1. Amazing Mayson ( formerly Amazing Mayzie )- Cuckoo Frizzled Polish Roo (with a pretty decent case of scissor beak)
    He is small but mighty! Didn't think we would keep a rooster but with his mop of feathers, hilarious personality, and funny looking scissor beaked face I just can't give him up. We'll see how it goes in the spring... :D

    2. Aurora - Black Copper Maran.
    She slept a lot as a chick hence her name. She is incredibly vocal and very industrious! 2nd lady in command it seems. Love her feathers in the sunlight!

    3. Nugget- Buff Orpington
    We won't ever eat her so it's kind of like naming a big guy "Tiny". She so far hasn't gotten the memo the Buff Os are supposed to very friendly and docile. Now that she is old enough to have started the "hen squat" every time she is startled I can get my paws on her more often and take the opportunity to love on her and give her some mealworms. She's coming around!

    4. Stacey ( Stacey My Friend, My Chicken Friend. Named from some internet person named Tobuscus that my daughter finds funny. *shrug*)- Blue Ameraucana
    Sweet but now one of the more shy girls. She was the first to lay and surprised us by laying a month earlier than expected. Quiet until one of the other ladies tried to come into the coop while she is in "her" nest box.

    5. Penny ( Jalepeno)- Light Sussex
    She is very businesslike and takes her top hen job very seriously. Very curious and is the first over to see what I've brought them. :) To say she loves to eat is an understatement!

    6. Celeste- Welsummer
    She was the most beautiful chick! Now I love to just look at the sun on her feathers and the beautiful subtle colors. She is currently our most flighty and fairly shy girl but is just lovely!

    7. Sashimi- Salmon Faverolle
    She is small and has scoliosis but it doesn't slow her down one bit! She is vocal and for sure lower in the pecking order as I expected for this breed but since they free range all day she can just avoid the higher ups most of the time. She is content to do her own thing and run circles around everyone. Just started the "hen squat" this week so now I can catch her more easily for cuddles! She follows me everywhere and talks incessantly. Kind of like me...

    8. Pepper- (Chili Pepper)- Barred Plymouth Rock
    She is my biggest surprise. Didn't love to be handled as a chick and was the 2nd most flighty as a "teenager" but since she started laying she has had a complete turnaround in personality. She follows me everywhere, sneaks in the house when I'm not looking, and is into everything like a puppy! She runs to me to be picked up and gets impatient when I take too long so will try to jump up into my arms. Keeps me laughing!

    9. Lilah- the younger blue Ameraucana.
    We bought her as a lavender but nope, she is definitely blue. I know I shouldn't have favorites but she is my fave. From the day we brought her home ( 3 days) old she has been the most intelligent, sweet, curious, independent, least chicken-like chicken we have. Only one thing- she has been very slow to mature and is getting more and more feathers ( 6 months old) and some things look kind of roo-ish. 0_o I have a thread posted in the gender question section so hopefully will get some clarity. At this point it doesn't really matter, I would wrestle a grizzly before giving her (him?) up. :) Maybe she's just androgynous, kind of like a high fashion model!

    We also have 2 gorgeous 6 month old Sebastopol geese named Kiku and Tomoe ( toh-moh-ay) after some animae characters my daughter liked. They are a breeding pair. Noisy, messy, smart, protective and funny!

    I absolutely love this site and it has been very helpful to me as a new chicken mom. I appreciate all of you very much!
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  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. :eek:) My wife and I were both raised in the great state of Texas. All of us here at BYC have OCD (Obsessive Chicken Disorder). :eek:) I'm sorry about the loss of your Tolbunt Polish. It's always sad to lose one of our flock. :eek:( Raising chickens is a wonderful experience for children. Our children and granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) loved our chickens and made lap pets of the calmer and more gentle breeds (such as Orpingtons, Sussex, and Faverolles). :eek:) If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  3. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hi Heather, [​IMG]

    Your intro was fun to read, you did a wonderful job of describing your flock!

    I hope you'll share pictures of them at some point, they would be fun to see.

    Thanks for joining us!
  4. txhall3

    txhall3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2015
    Leander, Texas
    Thank you! I was trying to upload pics but my phone wouldn't cooperate. Shocker. :) Soon!
  5. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] I loved your introduction.
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    You're welcome. I'll look forward to seeing your pics. :eek:)
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Are you sure your Salmon faverolles hen has scoliosis ? Some Faverolle hens don't have a level back, they are kind of lump and bumpy in a minor camel fashion. Maybe it's
    just poor posture.

    I love your descriptions of your chicken family. Cross bites tend to worsen as the bird matures.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!
  9. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
  10. turtlesgalore

    turtlesgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2015
    central Louisiana
    welcome, I to was a stalker before I joined. there is so much advice here I usually only read the advice already posted, most is already covered, [​IMG]

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