Hello from Ohio

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by loanwizard, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, my name is Shawn and I am addicted to chickens....

    Criminy, I feel like I'm at an AA meeting.... not that I've ever been to one....

    Let's go back to egg stage.... I mean when I was young. I was raised in the city, but my grandparents had a place in the country and my grandmother loved her chickens. In fact, I mentioned it at her funeral.... "the chickens that Minnie knew by name"......

    Well, last year after a divorce, I bought a little place on 4 acres with a barn and a pond and someone offered me 18 chickens and 2 roosters. I don't know what breed they are, but they're red and lay nice big brown eggs. This winter they didn't lay worth a crap so this year they will have extra light. I got the bright idea that I would save money on feed by free ranging them..... They loved it, but then they stopped roosting in the coop and came into the garage..... poop everywhere. So I captured them at night and discovered I only had 10 hens left and 2 roosters. After putting them in the coop, on 2 successive nights I found a dead chicken. Down to 8 hens and a lot of guilt because by putting them in the unsafe pen I had built, I had put them on death row. So I got out my live traps and caught 2 possum and 3 racoons. 1 possum and 1 racoon were relocated, the others had a meeting with their maker. Well, then I bought some more chickens and some pullets. Found out that overcrowded hens don't lay well. 40 chickens and about a dozen eggs a day even though two roosters and 10 pullets means 28 layers. Just a couple days ago I got some silkies and silkie cochino mixed. Just bought 150 feet of chicken wire and ordered 20 chicken nipples and found some food grade DE at Tractor Supply, all thanks to you guys and this site.

    Buying the nipples on ebay, I discovered that selling hatching eggs seems to be a LOT more profitable than selling eating eggs. So, the addiction may move to THAT arena lol!

    Anyhow, nice to be here.
  2. TroutsChicks

    TroutsChicks Fluffy Stuffins

    Jun 5, 2011
    baxter Tn
    From middle tn!
    omg you need to hit the chickens addictions anonymous thread! You have a serious problem!! [​IMG] Thankfully we are all professional's that can help. First off you need to post pictures and then we can dicuss a method of help... its a good thing you came when you did.. before too long you will be pricing other poultry like ostriches ...theres some great ones for sale..* looking and drooling slightly* oooh oh yes ..we are here to help !!! You can ask any question and send us private messages and swap pictures with us.. and we can find you more chickens that you don't have yet, b/c you can never have an odd number of chickens.. like 2 or 5 and 8 is odd... we can teach you chicken math which seems like you have been trying to figure out.. keep us posted and hang on we will be there for you!!! [​IMG]
  3. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  4. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    Washington State welcomes you!
  5. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    [​IMG] from Texas [​IMG]
    I went from large fowl chickens to bantems to ducks to geese to guineas to goats to quail to pot belly pig to turkey'd to peacocks. [​IMG]
    It is very addictive, I run 4 incubators [​IMG]. Glad you found us but I am afraid we will only make matters worse. [​IMG]
  6. mrkpero

    mrkpero Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2008
    Welcome from NW Ohio!
  7. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    [​IMG] from NY
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    [​IMG] from Kansas, loanwizard! [​IMG] Glad you joined the site! [​IMG] It can become quite an addiction. Best of luck with your egg selling! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.

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