Hello from Arkansas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by insiderart, May 3, 2009.

  1. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    Here's how the insanity started and continues..... My neighbor decided to raise chickens for eggs. He purchased several red chicks. My daughter and his kids play with those crazy red chickens endlessly. Carry them around, named certain ones. My neighbor decided he wanted to purchase some sebright bantam chicks. So while perusing the bantams I came across the silkies. The girls decided they HAD to have a silkie!

    So for their birthdays I decided to hatch silkie eggs and each girl would be able to have a silkie for their birthday. (And maybe the boy too.. we'll see depends on my hatching success rate.) So while perusing ebay looking for silkie eggs to purchase and hatch Momma sees the showgirls. Momma wants!!!! So while I have the incubator going I purchased 12 showgirl/silkie eggs from Jaime McCallum to hatch. Hopefully I'll get a showgirl out of the mix.

    So here I am with an incubator filled with 9 white silkie eggs from Cj's Silkies, 9 mixed white/splash silkie eggs from another person, and awaiting the 12 eggs from McCallum this week to go in there. I was considering purchasing another group of showgirl eggs just so everything hatched at once and was the same age. Also, I didn't want to inbreed. I want to keep all unrelated chicks in my pen. I am not anticipating a huge hatch rate since these eggs have gone through the mail.

    I am hoping I get at least 4-5 silkies to hatch, and a showgirl or two for Momma! I was planning on keeping our small group of 3-4 showgirl/silkies in a chicken tractor in the backyard. We'll see how that goes.

    I borrowed the neighbor's still air incubator, and it looks like I will end up purchasing another for hatching (due to all the eggs involved). I can never do anything on a small scale. It's a sickness.

    I gave the neighbor a 35g aquarium for his chicks, which are all out in the house or the horse trailer now LOL! So the aquarium is empty and ready for new chicks, so we're ready to go there. The neighbor, from whom I borrowed the incubator, would like probably as many extra chicks as I have left, but I also have another friend who would probably enjoy some. There is also always craigslist. So no worries if I am overrun (which I don't really anticipate).

    I am a classically trained plant breeder. I used to do tomato research but was chronically ill for the last 7 years. Finally got a diagnosis, got well, and now it's full scale craziness apparently. Probably tmi for everyone.. but there it is.

    So this is where I am at now.. 18 eggs in the bator to hatch May 21-22, waiting for 12 showgirl/silkie eggs to arrive this week. Anticipating buying another batch from someone else....

    Wish me luck!

    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  2. C-Dub

    C-Dub Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2009
    Hello from California.

    Welcome and good luck with the eggs!
  3. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
  4. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Welcome, fellow Arkie! [​IMG]
  5. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    Oh girl, you got it bad. And they think the H1N1 Flu spreads fast, they have no idea!

    Welcome to the club, best of wishes and keep those bators and quariums full!

  6. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    Hey ninja mom! I'm from central AR, but we live in NWA now.

    You crack me up! I used to make soap, I have a small children's photography business, I'm looking for a job (you know one with benefits and steady pay!), I'm a pretty good gardener (all that training), we have Yorkies, one cat (for now), and are anticipating silkies and showgirls.

    Maybe it's a central AR thing!
  7. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    Quote:I know! It's sad really. Apparently I was very susceptible, one look at those showgirls and I had no resistance at all. Just one more thing to throw on pile.

    Thanks for the warm welcome!
  8. New adventure

    New adventure Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2009
    Pueblo, Colorado
    Welcome from Colorado! You hit the ground runnin', didn't you? Have fun!
  9. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    Thanks Colorado! Apparently, I can not do things the easy way... got to go big or go crazy.
  10. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Hi and welcome.... addiction started then.....[​IMG]

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