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Hello from Becker, MN!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LilyOfTheValley, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. LilyOfTheValley

    LilyOfTheValley Hatching

    Oct 20, 2012
    I am so glad I found this site, it is chock full of wonderful tips and advice.
    A few things about me :

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

    Yes, green as the grass is in summertime! / My girls arrived on May 23, 2012 at 7 a.m. sharp. Hard to forget, I was so excited for this day to come!

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

    I thought I ordered 25 girls, but when two started to crow, I knew some changes had taken place! [​IMG]

    I am still on-the-fence about what to do with "the boys" - other than their rather loud chatter, and the constant harassment given to my girls, they are well-mannered (which comes contrary to some of the stories I've heard about roo's being aggressive).

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    Not enough [​IMG] I have 5 of each : Australorp (includes 2 Roo's), Golden Wyandotte, Buff Brahma, Buff Orpington, and Barred Rock.

    Never in a million years would I have thought that I would get more than 8 hens (10, max). I found it very difficult to pick just a few from the hatchery, especially since their minimum order was 25. Besides, based on the criteria I've read at this site for each breed, I felt they would all be a perfect fit for me, along with the seasonal weather extremes we have here in Minnesota.

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

    I wanted to learn more about raising chickens, so I did a search on chicken breeds, to start.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    I enjoy my free-time most if I can spend it at home in the company of my animal companions and/or friends while cooking a meal, or sharing a cup of coffee in the morning. As anyone with a lot of pets knows, caring for them can be time consuming. But it's all good, they are what I call, a labor of love!

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

    I currently have 2 English Springer Spaniels, 2 rescue cats, and one rescued cockatiel, all who graciously allow me to share a home with them, [​IMG]while my husband and I get stuck with the payments!

    I first became interested in chickens when my neighbor had them; they looked like a hoot to care for!
    And, since I am very conscious of what I feed my family; it is important that the majority of our food comes from organically produced and/or grass-fed, environmentally-sustainable practices.
    So it was that it seemed only fitting to raise my own hens for eggs (I enjoy eating chicken too, but my attachment-factor runs too strong I'm afraid).
    Also, because I operate this area's only Professional Pet Sitting business (MnPetSitter.com), it made extra sense to raise these little beauties for myself in order that I may learn the most through practical experience- just as I have with a variety of dog breeds, cats, and one exotic parrot, for over 20 years.

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  3. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

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

  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  6. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Hi and :welcome so glad you joined us!!! :weee
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, LilyOfTheValley, and [​IMG]! Super to have you here!! Best of luck with your girls (and boys)!

  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California!
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  10. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Songster

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.

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