Hello from DF in North Carolina

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DiamondFrazieur, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. DiamondFrazieur

    DiamondFrazieur Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2015
    North Carolina 28310
    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?
    Very new but I did do some investigating and learning before I bought chicks. I still have a very, very long ways to go as I've never actually had a live chicken before. Still I'm confident it will be fun more often than not. You never know for sure until you go for it.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now? I have chicks that are approximately 9 days old. 11 or 21 chicks, depending on how you count your chickens after they've hatched.

    (3) What breeds do you have? Australorps: 10, Faverolles: 1 (& "males for warmth" - 10; they're some kind of red chickens)

    (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? Searching for information about chickens.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies? When I'm not working I'm either puttering around at my house with family and friends. Or puttering around at their house ... It's what we do.

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

    Family and friends are what make the world go around :) I'm a people person. We like to gossip, eat, drink and generally have a good time inventing projects that always require lots more of the same.

    I do have a dog and a cat. I adore my dog who started out as a charity case but has turned out to be a very fine companion. I bought her from a drug dealer with a really scary smile. My dog is the only thing I've ever bought from a drug dealer, just so you know. The dogs name is Jessica.
    The cat ... well, both the dog and I despise the cat. And respect her personal space. She's old, mean, incredibly lazy and severely antisocial. I keep feeding her and paying her bills, while she appears to be content to lay around and glare daggers at me. So, I guess she's mine. It's possible she has brain damage or kitty skitsophrenia. She had a real cat name but a friend started calling her Doug in honor of my ex. It stuck. Everyone knows her as the cat you do not pet.. or Doug.

    My chicken plans are actually quite simple. I'd like to have those 10 Australorp's all be gentle and sweet natured hens; I bought girls. For the Faverolles to be my only rooster. I'm begging fate for a nice, even tempered and friendly rooster too. I want what I want even if it seems to be asking for a bit much ... We'll see how this turns out over time and I'll adjust accordingly.

    Thank you so much for all the information shared on this site! An invaluable resource for me, to be sure. Anymore it seems I always start my quest for answers or advice right here whenever I have even a remotely chicken related thought :)

    ... Never take a picture of baby chickens in your garage with the flash on when they're being lazy. Talk about a major overreaction! I wouldn't have been surprised if a few stroked out on me ... No pictures right now. Geez
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi DF - welcome to BYC! Lots of info on the Learning Centre and tons of knowledge and experience to draw upon from BYC members, so don't hesitate to post any questions you may have!

    Good luck on your chicken voyage!

  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC, glad you joined the flock. Someone once posted photos of their chicks - their first time with flash - results were hysterical - the chicks had launched themselves into space- in some very odd positions.

    In the 50's we did that with my grandmother and she also launched herself (off the couch) we were scared though - thought she might have a heart attack
  4. steven29128

    steven29128 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    South Carolina USA
    [​IMG] Welcome to Back Yard Chickens ! [​IMG]
  5. DiamondFrazieur

    DiamondFrazieur Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2015
    North Carolina 28310
    Thanks :) These are the chicks I'm starting out with.
    I've already named the little Fav - Henry. The others I can hardly tell apart. Names will have to wait. The reds are destined to be rehomed. Culling is not my forte ... so I plan to give them away. The sooner the better too. They're rowdy little chicks compared to the Fav and the Australorps.

    These chicks are organic. :) And I'm staying with that program. I wanted to give it a shot with reasonably inexpensive chicks before I invested and had a colossal disaster ...

    My first flock:

    They don't like the camera much. Cute little critters though. The reds will be gone as soon as I'm sure they've gotten a good healthy start.

    P.S. they haven't any vaccinations and will be treated without pesticides throughout their lives. So, in abt 2 yrs I should have a comprehensive plan that has been field tested. :)
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2015
  6. steven29128

    steven29128 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    South Carolina USA
    They look real nice. [​IMG]
  7. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for such an interesting introduction! I totally enjoyed your cat "Doug" story, lol. It sounds like you've done a lot of your homework already but if you have questions, always feel free to ask.

    It's nice to have you here!
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. You have a very good and thorough introduction. Australorps and Faverolles are two of my favorite chicken breeds. They are both very calm and gentle breeds; great lap pets. :eek:) Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America

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