Hello from central Missouri...

Dinkyjean

Hatching
5 Years
Oct 6, 2014
4
0
9
Pushing 42 years and have spent all my life on a farm with a wide variety of livestock including chickens. Currently I have a pure breed flock of Delaware hens...sold half a dozen with the roo this afternoon to my mentor (breed & show Flemish Giant rabbits). But I have about 30 young birds about 12 weeks old ready to head to the growing pen...all pullets and a couple of roos will go to the laying house when they hit 5 months old and the rest of the roos will go to freezer camp.

I love my ladies, they are wonderful layers and even though I am not big on eating eggs, I love to bake and cook with them...what I don't use, I sell to make back a little feed money or give away to those who have kids and need the extra grub (also where a lot of the freezer camp birds go).

Sold my place of 23 years and bought this one May 2012...still in the slow process of building and remodeling and setting everything up. When I am finished, I plan to once again have 4 separate houses & runs...2 big breeds and 2 bantam breeds...not counting for the ones I hatch and raise. I also have turkeys & ducks...among other things. White chickens were not my favorite choice, but I kept coming back to this breed as I narrowed down the choices for where I live and what I wanted out of them...so white birds it is, and I must say they have been absolutely awesome!! I would be hard pressed now NOT to have Delaware hens!!

Anywho....I am divorced 11 years now with 2 grown children (daughter 24, son 23). Own my place. Disabled due to seizures and migraines, and am in college full time to get my RN-BSN license. I prefer to keep my stock as organic as possible, but am not beyond getting medication if it is needed to help with a problem. I have an awesome vet for my babies (by babies, I mean ALL of my animals & birds) and a backup vet for "just in case". I am very open minded and welcome suggestions. I do not knock other peoples methods or ways and have learned a LOT from folks by paying attention!! So, feel free to poke my shoulder and say "Hey, you need to....." or "I think you should...." I appreciate all advice and help I can get. I have been doing this since forever, but I also know that there is no possible way for me to know everything....I love to learn something new every day!! :)
 
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Michael OShay

Crowing
5 Years
May 14, 2014
25,581
2,437
438
Montana
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I've had Delawares in the past and they are a good breed; hardy, docile, and good layers of large brown eggs. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Do you have a preference regarding the second standard-sized breed?
 

sumi

Rest in Peace 1980-2020
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
39,154
26,145
1,302
Welcome to BYC
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Glad you joined the flock! Here are some discussions on Delawares that I think may interest you:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/777172/delawares-from-kathyinmo/0_30
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/55391/delawares/0_30

Enjoy the site!
 

sunflour

Flock Master
8 Years
Jan 10, 2013
14,974
7,757
772
Macon,GA
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So glad you joined us.

Sounds like you have quite a busy life between chickens, school, and your remodeling...

Hope you have some "you time".
 

theoldchick

The Chicken Whisperer
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 11, 2010
31,681
16,675
867
You must be busy! Kudos for providing meals for kids who need food. I always say charity starts at home. Welcome to our flock!
 

Dinkyjean

Hatching
5 Years
Oct 6, 2014
4
0
9
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I've had Delawares in the past and they are a good breed; hardy, docile, and good layers of large brown eggs. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Do you have a preference regarding the second standard-sized breed?
Standard or bantam, doesn't matter, I just want to be sure I have birds that can handle the extreme weather changes of any Missouri summer or winter. I also want birds that lay any color egg except white. I guess the size doesn't matter a whole lot, I like dual purpose so any extra birds I hatch get big enough that they can feed a few folks.

And I like to stay with heritage breeds listed with the Livestock Conservancy.....or rare breeds.
 

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