Greetings from Northern Maine!

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

  1. GallifreyanFarm

    GallifreyanFarm Just Hatched

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    Hi!

    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

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    :frow Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

    Lovely breed choices you've got.
     
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  3. GallifreyanFarm

    GallifreyanFarm Just Hatched

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    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

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    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 Monkey Business Premium Member

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    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
    CT
     
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    Kyanite Loving Life! Premium Member

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    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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