Hello from central Illinois & four little red hens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CoffeeintheCoop, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. CoffeeintheCoop

    CoffeeintheCoop In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2019
    Hi Everyone~

    I have been learning about chickens for quite a few weeks here (as a non-member) on Backyard Chickens and I finally want/ need to jump in with a post ( after this one)... This forum has been a source of enjoyment and the best information I have seen so far about this fun little critters!

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

    I am as new as you can get. I live with two people who got 6 chicks from the local farm supply store in the spring of 2017. But I am the researcher and the person who almost attended vet school, so when we have a new question, I have become the person who spends the most time trying to solve the mystery or expand our knowledge.

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

    Sadly, this little flock now only has 4. One baby was lost almost immediately, and we just lost a lovely hen a couple of weeks ago, which is the reason why I am now a member here.

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    Rhode Island Reds

    (4) What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens?

    I enjoy learning how to care for them better, and I enjoy handling them in the coop when they need some sort of hands-on care. (again, a near miss as a veterinarian).

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    I am trying to fully retire from cat rescue and TNR projects, but that particular passion of mine has spiked once I moved onto this property in the country. I am fascinated with homesteading and a wannabe homesteader and permaculture enthusiast. In my urban yard, I puttered around with certain aspects of permaculture and growing/ processing medicinal herbs. I would LOVE to get a serious education as a Master Herbalist someday, and have my own apothecary. I am a mom and my daughter is a central feature of joy in my life... certainly not a hobby, but these are some of my favorite things.

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

    I guess I blended the answer to the previous question and this question. My daughter is about to turn 19, and she is in her first semester at college, so she is fluttering around like a newly-fledged bird. I have a LOT of cats, mostly the tough or more needy personalities left over from rehoming dozens of easier customers. In June of next year, my daughter will take some of them into her independent household, so my status as a crazy cat lady will be diminished before too long. I began sub teaching in my local public schools recently (and late in life) and I feel like I discovered my missed calling. I love it, especially the Special Education departments that I work in. I just love the kids, all of 'em.

    (7) Bonus: How did you find BYC, how long have you known about BYC, and what made you finally join our awesome community?

    I spent a large number of hours trying to figure out what was wrong with the hen we lost recently and also trying to figure out exactly what to do for her, and the remaining flock members. BYC has been a main go-to source of incredibly helpful information. I finally joined tonight because I have some questions that are specific to our girl, and I need to post my questions as a member. I am probably more excited than I should be.... I have a passion for horses (but not the finances) and for cats, and I can tell that I could easily develop the same level of interest in chickens as well.
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Good evening and welcome to BYC. Good luck with your flock and other pets.
  3. Kiki

    Kiki Is your thermometer calibrated?

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
  4. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mossyrock, WA
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens it is a wonderful website and community to explore
  5. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Sorry about the hen you recently lost. Did you perform an informal necropsy?
    It sounds like you will trade in your crazy cat lady title for crazy chicken lady in no time.
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  6. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined! I'm glad that you are researching this, and sorry that you didn't do the vet school. We need more vet's that understand and can help out in the poultry division!
  7. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

    Apr 17, 2012
    Coffee shop
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  8. CoffeeintheCoop

    CoffeeintheCoop In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2019
    Thank you everyone.... yeah, I really tried super hard to save our Goldie. I was hand feeding her at the end, and she had a crop bra, etc etc... All of us were sad, and haven't adjusted to seeing only four chickens out there. I just posted in the Diseases forum about the necropsy and a whole bunch of questions.
  9. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    My Coop
    Welcome to the flock :welcome Chickens, dogs and a handful of rescue/special needs cats here. Barely have a bandaid in the house but plenty of medical supplies and first aid kits for feathered and furry creatures
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  10. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

    Jul 24, 2016
    Washington State
    Hi! :frow Welcome to BYC! So sorry about the loss of your hen. :hugs I'll look for that post.
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