Hello from Massachusetts

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jverlinden, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. Jverlinden

    Jverlinden In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2019
    Winchendon MA
    Just a quick hello to introduce myself. I am finishing my coop and hope to bring back my chickens in the next week (currently being cared for by a nephew with his own flock). So I expect over the next few months I'll be asking for some advice.
    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?
    Yes. Started with some chicks this past September.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now? Total of nine, we think two cockerels and seven pullets.

    (3) What breeds do you have? Speckled Sussex (5) and Blue Laced Red Wyandottes (4). I ordered five of each (one male and 4 female) but lost one of the BLRWs.

    (4) What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens? I'm a baker so am excited about having a good source of fresh eggs. I won't feel so bad about wasting a few yolks to make macrons! Although I'm always looking for recipes to use the yolks. But having raised the chicks in the brooder until they needed more space and went to our nephew, I'm completely taken by their little personalities. I can't wait to get them back into the coop and watch them continue to grow into hens and roosters.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies? I love baking (mostly pastries) and gardening. We just bought a hobby farm in the country and I'm looking forward to doing some major gardening (fruit trees, big vegetable garden, flowers, plus keep discovering what's already here - apple trees, raspberry bushes etc).

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. Our "pack" consists of me, my partner Joan and our two eight year old Norwich terriers, Moose and Spike. They are going to be a real challenge with the chickens. Moose is very much a hunter (rabbits primarily). So I don't expect free ranging will be a possibility and plan on putting in a good sized run for the chickens in the spring.

    (7) Bonus: How did you find BYC, how long have you known about BYC, and what made you finally join our awesome community? :D Just found BYC a few weeks ago and joined pretty shortly afterwards. I enjoy reading through the articles and following the threads and have already learned a lot from everybody here!

  2. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

    Sep 9, 2019
    Central Virginia
  3. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

    Apr 17, 2012
    Coffee shop
  4. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

    Apr 17, 2012
    Coffee shop
    This thread is for torturing people with pictures of whatever you make.

    This thread is more for getting and giving advice and recipes.

    By the way, while duck eggs are good for baking, quail eggs (taste like chicken) are perfect for egg washes. Having backyard fowl really does ease the guilt of using a ton of eggs in one dish, just the whites, etc.
  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
  6. Ted_Harrell

    Ted_Harrell Crowing

    Sep 23, 2019
    Pembroke North Carolina
    Jverlinden, Hi and welcome to BYC, I hatched out some BLRWs earlier this year for a friend and they turned out beautiful. I had blue, black, and splash colors. Enjoy your flock and don't give up, ever...
  7. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

    Jul 24, 2016
    Washington State
  8. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    My Coop
    Hi Jennifer, welcome to the flock :welcome Glad you decided to join us!
  9. Kiki

    Kiki Is your thermometer calibrated?

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hello, Jennifer, and welcome to BYC.

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