Hello From Southeastern Vermont!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DAT, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. DAT

    DAT Hatching

    Mar 26, 2009
    Southeastern Vermont
    OK, I used the question template from the "sticky" post at the top of the list for this topic.

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

    I got my first chickens in June of 2007, a year after leaving The Big City (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) to move to a falling-down farmhouse in Middle-Of-Nowhere Vermont.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?

    I have seven chickens. I bought eight, but one of them died last winter. They all had a sort of cold for a couple of weeks in the winter of 2007/2008, and they all got better except for one (who got about as worse as a chicken can get - dead). I just put in an order for eight more, and they'll arrive next month. All Rhode Island Reds, and all hens (so far). I think I'd like to get a rooster, because it would be great to have a self-perpetuating flock.

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    I got Rhode Island Reds because a) that's what my best friends have and b) that's what Agway was selling. Another friend bought some Black Australorps and some Dominiques, and I'd like to try them someday. But for now I'm sticking with what I (barely) know.

    (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com?
    I found out about BackyardChickens.com from Google, the rulers of the universe. All hail Google, our new overlords.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?
    Other hobbies: I'm learning to play the fiddle. I started about a year and a half ago. It takes a lot of practice to get better, but it's a good investment of time because I'm meeting other people when I go out to play. That's the hardest part about leaving home and moving someplace where you don't know anybody.

    I'm also a gardener, at least during our glorious 3-week growing season. Every year I add a new bed and try growing some new things. I have about 40 acres, 5 of which are cleared, so I'm not going to run out of room for a while! I have a 30 x 15 vegetable bed, a raspberry patch, a blueberry patch, a grape arbor, a small orchard that grows tiny wormy sour apples (great deer food!), a rhubarb patch, an herb garden, and some flower beds.

    I spend a lot of time watering. [​IMG]

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

    Family - none around here. My immediate family all live in St. Paul, MN. I miss them a lot. Although I talk to them on the phone frequently, I only get to see them for a week or so around Christmas.

    Other Pets - none (yet). I want to build this place up to be a real farm of some sort, even though it's very small. I'd like to add sheep or goats, and I'd like to have a mule. I'd also like to get a dog. This is all in the future, as I have to be away from the house for 8 or 9 hours a day right now, due to my job in a town about 15 miles away. I guess maybe before I add any more critters I should find myself a farm wife...

  2. Welcome from Massachusetts [​IMG] I think that's the best intro I've read in a very long time. I'm on just under one acre, so am very jealous of your 'little' farm. I also have a raised bed veggie garden and some apple trees which aren't producing any apples yet, so you're one up on me.
  3. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    [​IMG] from CT [​IMG]
  4. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  6. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hello and WELCOME to BYC from NC
  7. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida

  8. Welcome Dat.

    I love the Fiddle and broken down farmhouses!

    You sound like you have all the ingredients to find a farmer's wife. [​IMG]

    I hope you are enjoying NE and the country. You're used to the cold, but maybe you miss the city and your family?
  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    [​IMG] Have fun here!!!
  10. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]

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