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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bigpinkmotherhen, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. bigpinkmotherhen

    bigpinkmotherhen In the Brooder

    Dec 9, 2010
    I recently decided to get chickens again (after a long hiatus) so I could have safe, clean, organic, free-range eggs and chicken dinners. When my friends found out, my project quickly grew to a five-household "co-op." One friend bought a coop, another helped with the pen, etc. I learned about BYC from one of these folks.

    I had planed a very small flock of Wyandottes or Delawares. However, one friend wanted Jersey Giants cuz they're big, another Ameraucanas for the blue eggs. When I ordered 10 Jersey Giants from Ideal, they added 6 Rhode Island Reds "for warmth." 5 were cockerels, 1 a pullet. I kept the pullet (of course) and one cock, whom I named Henry (see my pic). I hope Henry and the girls get along, cuz I'd love to stick some fertile eggs under one of the hens when she goes broody.

    We originally thought we'd keep 10-12 hens, but with the economy in CA being so bad, we decided to add a few more to provide eggs at little or no cost to people in financial difficulty. I'll put the eggs in my church frig for whomever wants them, and they can "pay" the church for them as they see fit.

    So I ordered more chicks: Silver Laced Wyandottes, Ameraucanas, and a few high-production Leghorn hybrids -- to get some efficient layers. I ordered the Wyandottes "straight run" so I can add another roo or two to the flock. Now everyone has what they want -- I hope. We'll trim the flock late next year to a reasonable number.

    My other hobbies include gardening, quilting, cooking, and most anything that gives me an excuse to avoid housework.

  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

  3. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens


    You will be so happy that you have "come back to chickens" [​IMG]
  4. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

    Mar 29, 2010
    Lakeview, OR
    Welcome! Your going to love it here!
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio.
  7. henhound

    henhound In the Brooder

    Nov 23, 2010
    Orangevale, CA
    Welcome from a fellow Northern Californian!

  8. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    Welcome from Citrus Heights [​IMG]
  9. misschickenlittle

    misschickenlittle REALLY wants a new title

    Oct 30, 2010
    [​IMG] from Missouri! I like your plan of taking eggs to the church! How thoughtful. [​IMG]
  10. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    Welcome from another nothern Californian! I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay here and learn a lot! And make friends, too. [​IMG]

    (And psst, when you "trim" your flock, I'm the adoption coordinator of a chicken rescue group in northern California if you'd like to send them off to us instead of eating them... Totally up to you, of course! You can send me a PM any time if you get too attached to eat anyone but need to trim the flock. [​IMG])

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