Habitual Lurker--Should Probably Say Hello!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Fyremelody, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Fyremelody

    Fyremelody Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all! I've been lurking for a *long* time. Posted once in the coop discussions earlier this spring, but am rather really silent.

    I got chickens several years ago on a whim with my then-husband. That particular venture didn't go so well. While I was attending a newborn child, and he was slated with farm duty, he neglected to water the chickens unbeknownst to me, and 100+ degrees that day offed over half. The rest dwindled for various reasons, our last one having met an unfortunate end when we lugged home a roo to keep her company, who then taught her to fly the coop, and I found a pile of feathers.

    A few years passed without chickens, and then about two years ago, my children and I decided we wanted fresh eggs. We started out that year with about eight layers. Chicken math took hold, and somehow we ended up with 17 hens. A mad dash promptly ensued to create them a coop that could hold all of them and we ended up deconstructing a shed I had that was falling down, and rehabbing it so it was functional, sturdy, and safe. Those 17 hens are now 16, and we added a Rooster (who I still can't quite figure out what breed he is.) One of those little chickies ended up a habitual egg-pecker, and she's now a house pet. Henny Penny.

    This spring we decided to increase our large coop to twenty hens and indulge in our banty obsession. So we picked up one of those pre-fab cute little coops, picked out an adorable bunch of chicks, and somewhere along the line I rather lost my mind about chickens. I'm in the process of building / rehabilitating four new coops, plus our original layer coop and the banty coop. I'm rearing my first meat birds, working on a meat-bird breeding project (that was initiated by a member here but dropped), getting into some breed conservancy, and upping my egg-producing. While I shudder every time I count, I think at the moment I have 78 birds. But per chicken math rules, the 40 meat birds will soon be negative counts. Right?

    I am the proud owner of The Fifty Dollar Chicken, otherwise known as Jackie O. who I was desperate to pull through weak chick syndrome as she was my eldest's replacement for the one he lost. Jackie O. spent two days in intensive care at the vets being hand-fed every two hours around the clock. And then Jackie O turned out to be Jack. HE is a gorgeous Crele roo, who owns a large portion of my heart. The other half of my heart is controlled by a sweet little Red Bourbon Turkey poult, Persimmon, who's currently ill :(. I have never fallen for a bird as hard as I fell for her/him when we picked her up three and a half weeks ago.

    Anyway... I'm a single mom of two boys, an author and professional editor, and I sometimes do web design as well. I've raised horses for years, have a household that's made for critters not entertaining guests, and love living in the country where it's pretty much just us and the people we want to see ;)

    Claire
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You are most welcome. I really enjoyed your introduction. You might consider adding updates at "stories and pictures of my chickens." thread.

    Don't worry about losing your mind - you will blend in just fine with the other members here.

    Glad you joined the flock [​IMG]
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. Very few BYC members are immune to chicken math. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Nice introduction! Hope Persimmon recovers.
     
  5. Fyremelody

    Fyremelody Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the warm welcomes! Looking forward to getting to know folks better.
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Wow, I am so glad to hear Jackie O survived! I would hang on to that vet! But I am sorry about Persimmon. I hope this one makes a full recovery. [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community and we do welcome you to our flock!
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Great to have you join us!

    So glad Jack O survived!
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I'm sorry about Persimmon--hope she gets better! What are her symptoms?
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  10. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG]
     

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