Hello, from Virginia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ontimeborzoi, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. ontimeborzoi

    ontimeborzoi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2008
    Northern Neck of Va
    Hi to everyone. My name is Susan and I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that I have been lurking for nearly three years, reading everyones posts and learning about chickens. Just finished building two beautiful coops...in one I have Crevecours and Silver and Gold Laced Polish, in the other Barred, Blue and Black Cochins.
    In a previous life I was a highly successful breeder/exhibitor of Borzoi. Post divorce, less money etc, have found pleasure and challenge in chickens. I'm very interested in finding other people who show and breed chickens, and would love to find some show quality Cochins.
    Located in the Northern Neck of Virginia, near Kilmarnock.
    I hope in the days to come to contribute as much as I have gained from these forums!

  2. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    [​IMG] from Texas
  3. Nmarine1057

    Nmarine1057 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2011
    Byhalia Ms
    Hi Susan and [​IMG] from MS!! Glad you finally decided to join!!
  4. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. feather and mountain man

    feather and mountain man Corn fed Indiana farmgirl

    Jan 17, 2010
    Hi Susan [​IMG]

    [​IMG] from Indiana
  7. curranchickens

    curranchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2011
    Fredericskburg, VA
    Welcome! I also live in No. VA in Frederiskburg! It is nice to see locals on here. I am a newbee but having so much fun!
  8. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! So glad you finally joined us!

  9. silkymom1986

    silkymom1986 The Silkie Villa

    Sep 28, 2011
    Byhalia, MS
    [​IMG] from North MS!! Glad you decided to join! Look forward to sharing stories and pics!!
  10. ontimeborzoi

    ontimeborzoi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2008
    Northern Neck of Va
    Thanks for all the welcomes. : )
    I'm constantly amazed at how much I enjoy chickens. Of all things!
    I bought my first flock seven years ago...all SLW...when I was living in the mountains of WV and also keeping a house in the northern neck. I commuted back and forth with the entire flock ( 12 hens) in dog crates in my van...the girls were the best socialized and well traveled chickens... totally unflappable, haha. I did finally sell them to a neighbor in WV and went chicken free for a short while, and then started over here with Silkies ( but mine were completely wild and never stopped acting as if they had never seen a human being before so I gave them away to someone who could love them anyway ) Australorps ( great chickens ) Wyandottes and a few Cochin girls. I free ranged the birds and lost, over time, the cochins to hawks and a few Wyandottes to my own dogs. Once I actually watched a hawk grab one of the barred cochins practically from under my feet and take off with her through the woods. Amazingly, a few days later here came the cochin, having hoofed it home thru the woods!! Hawk must have dropped her. The girls *are* kinda hefty...
    What was left of that flock I gave to a friend who raises milk goats and wanted chickens, and I have just started over, again.

    All my birds are hatchery stock. The cochins are friendly docile birds who follow me about like dogs. The polish are considerably flightier and by next spring I may rehome them. Love looking at them, but enjoy the day to day caring for the big fluffers more. This time round I ordered roosters too, so that I could have chicks if I wish to, but the more I read on the forums and the more photos I see of show quality cochins, well, I've begun to have thoughts of doing more with chickens than just enjoying them in the yard. Its like a wildly new thought to me that Wait, I can have excellent birds, no reason not to show and breed! Its just taken me a few years to get here, to this point. I have excellent facilities for chickens, plenty of space, experience breeding and showing other species and some knowlege of genetics. Just need to get past the discomfort of being the new kid on the block and connect with some people who can point me in the right directions.

    Now I feel all shy like I've said too much, after spending three years saying nothing. Jeez. Think I'll just go with it. Thank you, again, for the welcomes!

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