Hello from a city girl learning to live in the country!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mama_Matildas13, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Mama_Matildas13

    Mama_Matildas13 New Egg

    Aug 19, 2011
    Hi! I'm new to the whole chicken raising thing. I'm from Indianapolis, IN. I grew up in the city & all we ever had were cats & dogs. My husband grew up more in the country (no pigs or chicks or cows, but sort of out of town). He wanted to have land in the country, so we bought a house 2 yrs ago that's 40 miles outside of Indianapolis. We have 5 acres, & I guess the previous owners had horses because we have a horse barn & a pasture.

    In March of this year my husband bought 25 chickens. I'll be honest, I was not pleased. I didn't want chickens or any other "farm" animal for that matter.
    The chicks were little & we kept them in our garage until May. At that time, my husband built a chicken coop & we moved them to an area on the side of the barn that was probably a training ring for horses. For the first couple of months the chickens were free range, I guess. They were let out of the coop every moning & they roamed the yard, all 5 acres, as they pleased.

    We have since put up fencing around the area, mainly to keep wld animals out, as the chickens still can fly up on the top of the fence & get over when they want too.

    So, since they've been out in the yard, I've gotten attached, if you will, to them. I've learned that we have 13 ISA Brown hens, that are very curious girls. My 12 yr old daughter named them all Matilda. Since they all look alike we call them the same name. They started laying eggs about the second week of July. We also have 11 Auracana (sp) hens & 1 Auracana rooster. I'm not sure if these might actually be Easter Eggers? We have had 2 start laying blue eggs though. My daughter has named all of the Auracana's. They vary in color from golden (wheat?) to black/white, black/gold & silver. The rooster is red/white/black. He's very pretty.

    I have found that I really look forward to going out & collecting eggs & some days I may spend an hour out there in the morning just watching the hens. The Matilda's love to talk to me. When I go out there they all run up to me, talking all at once. As the Auracana's have started laying eggs and the ones that seem to be getting close to lay, they've started greeting me also. I think they are very proud of themselves for laying eggs. I know I am proud of them & tell them that when I collect all the eggs.

    I'm glad I found this site because I thought I was crazy for talking to chickens!! Who knows, maybe some day I'll enjoy having a cow!
  2. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

    Dec 15, 2009
    Central NY
    Quote:I'm glad you enjoy your flock! Now that you have chickens and can appreciate them, are you shameless like me in trying to get everyone you know raising them? [​IMG] I totally enjoy my chickens. The day they become a chore is the day I will get rid of them all!
  3. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    [​IMG] from NY chicken fever is pretty contagious isn't it [​IMG]
  4. Mama_Matildas13

    Mama_Matildas13 New Egg

    Aug 19, 2011
    Nope, lol..at least not yet. Most of my friends live in the city, so right now I'm enjoying giving away eggs! (I'm not an egg eater & neither are my 2 kids, so 13-14 eggs a day is adding up fast!)[​IMG]
  5. Mama_Matildas13

    Mama_Matildas13 New Egg

    Aug 19, 2011
    Quote:Omgosh! It's the most enjoying thing I've ever done! If you'd have told me in March when my husband got the chickens that 5 months later, I would be the one feeding/watering & playing, yes playing with them, I would have told you that you were nuts!

    But, they are so fun!
  6. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    [​IMG] from Missouri. I thought having chickens would be fun, I didn't realize how sweet they are and what great personalities they have until I got them though.
  7. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2011
    Cairo Ga.
    Hi from Ga.


  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    [​IMG] from Kansas! Glad you joined the site!! [​IMG] I've already converted a couple of friends into getting birds of their own! [​IMG] It's an addicting hobby!
  9. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

    Jul 21, 2010
    [​IMG] From Mass!

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