Hello from NEPA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dodgy, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Dodgy

    Dodgy New Egg

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    I've been lurking for awhile now, joined a few weeks back ... and its taken me until now to sit down and introduce myself. LOL.

    I'm sitting in my office, 3 1/2 hours after I should have gone home. It's still snow/sleeting and looking like its going to turn into ice/rain before completely destroying any chance of making it home, and my wife says to just stay at work. YEAH! I get to sleep on my office chair and hope it gets a bit warmer in here.

    Anyway, it gives me a chance to sit down and write THIS introduction.

    My wife and I are newcomers to Northeast Pennsylvania, or NEPA as its called. We found ourselves moving just far enough away from my job that I can breathe again. I'm an Engineer, but I'm also a bit of a country boy, and I need some space between me and them, so to speak. My wife is a bit of an animal lover and has 3 dogs and 9 cats. All rescued, of course.

    In September, we acquired a 5 acre property to live on ... and I immediately started thinking about raising some chickens. I wasn't too sure how my wife would respond to the idea, and she thinks its funny that I look at 'chicken porn' all the time. [That's an inside joke about anything that captures my attention and I have to spend time researching.]

    I had my plans all laid out. I wanted some gorgeous birds in the coop, instead of the run of the mill RIRs that are all up and down our street. I had visions of selecting a breed in need of conserving, and making a small dent in preserving 'heritage'. So much for plans. I slipped her into the local TSC, just to gauge her reaction, and came home with .... DUCKS! ... and MYSTERY CHICKENS! Not quite the reaction I was looking for, but now I can rely on her to join in on the fun.

    Oh well. I can live with mystery chickens, and building a temporary brooder in my attic. [shhhh, I think they're barred rocks. 1 boy, 1 girl and 1 that I'm sure isn't even related to a barred rock.] Not to mention, 3 Red rangers, which will never see my frypan :( and 2 Pekin and 2 Rouen ducks.

    Now that I've gotten her distracted with those little cuties, I'm on a hunt for some quality Speckled Sussex, Swedish Flowers and some Wyandottes in maybe Gold, Silver or Partidge. Gotta love all that gorgeous 'chicken porn'.

    -Dodgy
     
  2. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    Hi Dodgy, welcome to BYC!

    Great intro, that was fun to read. Congrats on the new chicks and ducks. Maybe not quite the start of poultry keeping you envisioned but it's a start. Your wife sounds on board with it all so now what you have to be aware of is "chicken math" where all reason goes out the window and you find yourself adding just a couple more birds, then a few more, and on it goes.

    We have Speckled Sussex in our mixed flock and I think they are wonderful. Maybe a bit shyer than some of the others, but once they get used to you, they are very sweet. And totally beautiful of course!

    If you want to find out what breeds your mystery chicks are, once they reach about 4-6 weeks old you can post photos at the following link and the folks that know will help you out with identification.

    Glad to have you here, keep us posted on how things are going. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

    Good luck!
     
  3. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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  4. Dodgy

    Dodgy New Egg

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    Thank you for the welcome NorthFLChick! For the record, I spent most of my life in North FL.
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Congratulations on your new home! Good luck with the new flock, sounds like it will be quite an adventure!
     
  6. Dodgy

    Dodgy New Egg

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    Thank you for the welcome Kelsie2290! I happen to have a daughter named Kelsey.
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. :eek:) Raising chickens is a wonderful experience for children. My granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) loves our chickens. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Even if your birds are young, we still love to see photos.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!
     
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    Nice introduction! It sounds like you are well on your way to becoming addicted to chickens.[​IMG]
     

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