Greetings from western Illinois

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by twhope, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. twhope

    twhope In the Brooder

    Oct 21, 2012
    Hello all,

    For this introduction, I'll follow the suggested prompts. My thanks to the administrator for providing these!

    First off, my family and I have recently moved to the Galeburg, IL area and would welcome any comments/ suggestions/ feedback on how to contribute to the local scene. Also, I would love to visit any local breeders.

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

    We are relatively new to chickens. We haven't had our own, but we are currently caretaking a flock of four hens, which we have quickly come to love. We first really considered raising our own chickens over the last year. We have a friend with Buckeyes and Speckled Sussex (I believe). She is a firm advocate of heritage breeds, and we like her eggs ;-}

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

    As mentioned, we're taking care of 4; we hope to start out with 8-10 next spring.

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    We are considering a mixed flock, primarily for eggs and for fun. If anyone has a suggestion for the pros/ cons of mixed flocks, please send them. We've been looking into some of the discussion here at BYC, and find ourselves drawn to Golden laced Cochins (beautiful birds), RIRs, Buckeyes, and Leghorns, but we're not set yet.

    (4) How did you find out about

    I did an online search for heritage breeders and the site came up. It is excellent! I've particularly enjoyed sitting with my 12 yr old daughter and looking at the coops. We've become inspired to build our own.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    Music making, gardening, hiking, camping, paddling, among many others.

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

    We're a family of four. All of us are now chicken 'converts' and can't wait to have a flock of our own. We look forward to learning from and sharing with the BYC community our experiences!

    Take care,
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009
  3. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Songster

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from glad you joined
  4. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Hi William and welcome to BYC from Kentucky!

  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California!
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    I have a large mixed flock, and love the variety of eggs - delawares, speckled sussex, norwegian jaerhons, euskal oiloa (basques), and EE's. Plus a pen of mixed bantam breeds.
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, William, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Hope you get some birds real soon. I have nothing but pro to say on a mixed flock - the variety is great to have from a visual standpoint, the eggs are a little different from each other, and in time you can tell which breeds give you which eggs and when that type of egg starts to show up less frequently, you know which bird is responsible. I think the only caution I would have is getting them all as baby chicks - if they grow up together they seem to treat each other better. Best of luck to you!
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. :thumbsup

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