Hello from the cool side of Hell's Canyon!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by PirateFarmer, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. PirateFarmer

    PirateFarmer In the Brooder

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    I've got a small donkey-powered farm on rented land on the banks of the Salmon River - 17 miles east of Hell's Canyon. Gotat, produce, rabbits, dogs, donkeys (my "working girls") and soon 25 "mystery breed" chicks from Sand Hills Preservation, to give me working experience w/ the birds, before I invest in some Buckeyes. My parents had 150 chickens, when I was growing up (the farm is now a runway at O'Hare Airport near Chicago)...unfortunately, I only remember bits and pieces of what it was like...
    I'm looking forward to learning here!
     

  2. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    Hello from another donkey farm! I have 15 but they are all pretty much "lazy asses". Welcome and enjoy your chickens!
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

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  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. We only have two donkeys, but they're so much fun [​IMG]
     
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. Glad to have you aboard. :thumbsup
     
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  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I have always enjoyed my Sandhill birds, they have sent me several "surprises" over the years - I have a few in the brooder right now that I am waiting to identify.
     

  8. PirateFarmer

    PirateFarmer In the Brooder

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    Thanks, all, for the warm welcome!
    Joedie: I've always wondered...how many wee donkeys does it take to add up to one large-standard? I've got two - one is 48", the other is 52".
    1muttsfan: That's actually what Sand Hills calls them: "Mystery chickens"! They're leftovers from his breeding experiments for a pastured-poultry bird, various crosses he plays with, and whatever odds & ends chicks needed to fill out the order...at $33 total (including shipping) for 25 chicks, I figure it's a good deal for me to learn on, before I invest in the Buckeyes.
     
  9. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    I have 12 mini's and 3 mammoths. The minis ave 250-350 lbs and the mammoths are 750-900 lbs. I would imagine your standards are about 600-700? I this what you are asking?
     
  10. PirateFarmer

    PirateFarmer In the Brooder

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    Joedie: Yup! (Although I was really just teasin' ya!). My two girls are *ahem* a bit phat (can't use the "f" word around females, ya know), at 625# and 775#...usually Little Bit (48") is 550-575, and Jenny-Mae (52") is 750 or so - she's a "shorty' = parents are mammoth stock, but she never made it up to the minimum height requirements...although she doesn't let that stop her - she's built like a nice draft mammoth.
     

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