Greetings from Wisconsin!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LisaFD, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. LisaFD

    LisaFD New Egg

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    Hello from South Central Wisconsin,

    My name is Lisa and this is my first flock.

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

    I was raised on a dairy farm, but my grandmother kept poultry. I helped out when I visited, so I've been around chickens and turkeys, but that was more than a few decades ago. My husband and I moved to a rural area about ten years ago, and I wanted to start a small flock for some time. Last year, I got on a list with the Madison community college for the carpentry students to build me a chicken coop. The building was their "lab work" and took two semesters to finish. They promised to complete the "poultry palace" in early June, so I started my flock by buying 13 day-old chicks on June 6th.

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

    I started with 13, but lost one on day three. I wanted a closed flock of females, but they slipped a male into the bunch, so I have 11 pullets and a cockerel.

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    I have 2 Americanas, 5 Buff Orphingtons and 5 Red Stars. One of the Americanas is the male, and he is quite hansom and a bit goofy.
    And yes, they all have names. And yes, I can tell them all apart.

    I imprinted them, so I am the mama. When I let them out every morning, I sit on the patio, and they all come to visit and sit on my lap. We usually have a little quality time in the afternoon, as well. They are just old enough to put themselves to bed at night. I work from home, so I can keep an eye on them while they forage. They spend most of the day outside.

    (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com?

    I googled "chicken injury" and found this forum. Obviously, I need some advice, pronto! Adeline has what appears to be an injury to her beak.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    I am an avid organic gardener, which is why I wanted chickens. They provide pest control and compost.
    I also enjoy needlework, such as needlepoint and knitting, and carving items from wood and soapstone.

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

    I am a technical writer by trade. I specialize in biomedical equipment, but occasionally do work for other industries.
    My husband is a systems engineer for GE Healthcare. We have been married for 33 years.

    My five-year plan is to convert one of our five(ish) acre fields to raised bed organic farming, and spend my retirement becoming even more self-sufficient. I'd also like to try my hand at growing medicinal herbs for teas and skin care.
     
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

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  3. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG] from Kansas, LisaFD!! [​IMG]
    Your questions: I am new this year to chickens after having them when I was just a kid a million years ago. Wish I had done it sooner as they make me quite happy. I currently have 6 birds. 4 easter egger roos and two wheaten marans chicks which were sold to me as hens (sure hope they are). But this week I am getting in 25 chicks - 13 will be cornish X for meat and there will be 12 hen chicks - anconas, easter eggers, red star, black star, buff orpintons, black australorps, and Delawares. [​IMG]
    I found BYC when doing an internet search for chicken coops - since then I have spent hours and hours reading and learning. It's really a great site and I've learned so much.
    I'm a school guidance counselor by trade. School resumes soon so it's back to work! [​IMG] I have a finace' and two lab retrievers. Love to hunt, fish, read, garden, and brew my own beer.
    Best of luck to you as you delve into the wonderful world of chickens!
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  6. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
     
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  9. chickens are great 12

    chickens are great 12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey and welcome to BYC! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    What kind of chickens do you have? I have 13 chickens! Check out what kinds I have on my page! Glad you joined! -
    Chickens are great 12
     
  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
     

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