Hello, from Southern Oklahoma

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by doc637, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. doc637

    doc637 In the Brooder

    Jan 20, 2016
    Greetings Everyone,
    Thought I would stop by and introduce myself. Raised poultry on/off for the past 10 years but only have had a handful the past year or two. After deciding to greatly expand the numbers I keep, I decided to quit lurking and finally join. Glad to be a member of BYC, look forward to seeing all of you around.

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi & :welcome Doc

    Glad you could join us here! Many of us were lurkers before joining, I was one too :D
    Good luck with your expansion plans. What are you going to be adding?

    Hope you enjoy BYC, I'm sure you will. Everyone here to help and very friendly :frow
  3. doc637

    doc637 In the Brooder

    Jan 20, 2016
    Hey Yorkshire,

    Thanks for the welcome! I've made the decision to start raising more animals for consumption- I've become one of those odd ducks that prefer knowing where my food comes from. Have previously raised chickens, ducks, turkeys, and guineas.

    Currently have a small flock of Midget White Turkeys- which I can't recommend enough to anyone. The friendliest and most personality I have seen in a turkey. Also have a small egg layer flock of mostly Brown Red Ameraucana chickens who decided to try to hatch out a clutch recently and had a whopping total of 1 hatch out. The chick is in the brooder along with 10 Black Australorp chicks I got to "keep him company".

    Planning on this year mostly establishing my breeding flocks for the coming year. For the record, I am a fan of Heritage Breed poultry and want to focus mostly on that type to make a self- sustainable flock.

    Meat Chicken Flock- have 75 chicks of various large heritage breeds ordered to arrive in early March, want to try to develop some of my own crosses. I don't wish to get into an argument / discussion on commercialized Cornish Cross strains- they are great for what they were developed for but they are not for me. I am aware of the project of creating one's own Meat Bird crosses, and follow that sub-thread pretty closely, but I have a lot of time and space and want to give it a shot.

    Ducks- Anconas coming in April-May, possibly some Silver Appleyards if I find a source I like. Keep small flock for eggs and hatch a few dozen ducklings for meat.

    Quail- Jumbo Coturnix in april-june, still in the debate between buying hatching eggs or take the 5-6 hour round trip to pick up chicks from south of the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metro area.

    Turkeys- Have the MWs, debating on getting a few more of a different type like Bourbon Reds or a mix from Porter's. Maintain a small "breeder flock" and raising out some poults each year.


  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Doc and welcome to BYC - glad that you have decided to stop lurking [​IMG] It sounds like you have exciting times ahead and you've done some thorough planning. I hope that you enjoy being a member as much of the rest of us and please keep us updated as your plans come to fruition.

    All the best
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Doc. Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. :eek:) If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hi Doc, you may want to join your state thread to see what resources are near you. Aside from chickens, BYC has the "Other Backyard poultry ," forum above where you can find more info about turkeys, geese, ducks, quail , quineas etc. Welcome to the BYC flock.
  8. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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