Greetings from Northern Maine!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GallifreyanFarm, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. GallifreyanFarm

    GallifreyanFarm Just Hatched

    Jun 2, 2016

    I'm Jon. My partner, Tessa, and I have "adopted" some chickens from a friend of ours, and have already started the painstakingly slow process of making friends with our new flock.

    I grew up around chickens. My family had a couple dozen Rhode Island Reds, in addition to some little white things that I think were meant for meat (protip: don't name future dinners.. it's traumatic on a pre-teen), turkeys, pigs and rabbits.

    But, as my partner and I are working towards more self-reliance, and less need for grocery stores, our next obvious step was to invest in some layers. As of this past Sunday, we are now the proud parents of a couple of Silkies as surrogate "moms", and for chicks: a "blue" (no clue), a cute little brown thing that reminds me of a chipmunk, and some Wyandotte mixes. I built our coop based on some of the ideas I found on this forum, and, of course, WAY over-engineered it. It should hold a dozen hens comfortably, and I could park my truck on it. :)

    We're super excited to be embarking on this journey and we're hoping to be able to purchase some land in the near future and add some other farm-like critters to our odd family as well.

    When I'm not a cheekin farmer (ha!), I'm a stay-at-home house hubby (for lack of a better word), a full-time college student, and the singer/guitarist for a blues power trio.

    Very glad to be here. I hope to meet some neighbors. :)

    PS. The sikies and "brownie" are in my avatar... I'll add more cheekin pix as I think to.
  2. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

    Mar 1, 2015
    :frow Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

    Lovely breed choices you've got.
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  3. GallifreyanFarm

    GallifreyanFarm Just Hatched

    Jun 2, 2016
    Thanks! And thanks! Our friend picked them out for us. I was expecting to just get a fistful of Rhode Island Red chicks and raising them in the house (like we did when I was younger), but this combination seems to be working well.

    I adore the silkies. What beautiful birds! My Dad "met" them yesterday and thought so as well.. he stated that he'd never seen a cheekin like that, so I was able to share some of what I'd Googled on them.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Jon & Tessa, Welcome to Backyard chickens. You may want to check out the "silkie thread," to learn more about them.
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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Jon and Tessa and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. You have the makings of a great flock there!

    All the best
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  7. Kyanite

    Kyanite Loving Life!

    May 27, 2016
    SE Idaho
    Hello and welcome. I'm new around here as well. Loved the bio/intro. My husband and I are also working towards a more self reliant lifestyle. Baby steps for us! It's tough with a teenager in the house!
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