Hello fron SW Michigan !

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bantybev, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. bantybev

    bantybev Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone. I have been a "lurker" here off and on for months. I love this site and it has been so helpful as of late. You see, I have always wanted my own "backyard chickens", but never took the big leap...until recently, under rather unfortunate circumstances. I have always admired my Aunt Ginny's flock of little banty chickens. She lived in Virginia and every spring we made the 12 hour drive to spend a week with Aunt Ginny. I was fascinated by the adorable little creatures. Every year I would come home with big ideas on starting my own flock, but after about a week of trying to decide where I would put up a coop...and what kind of housing or fencing to use, along with the overabundance of predators in my area, I would, eventually, decide to wait a while longer. Maybe next year......
    Well, this year my beloved Aunt Ginny passed away unexpectedly in October. We made a second emergency trip to Virginia, for maybe the last time. I found a very good home for most of her flock, but just couldn't part with my favorite little rooster and two of the sweetest little hens. I knew they were her three favorites, and it only seemed right that I would adopt them and take care of the little fellas. I brought back my tiny flock in a pet carrier and made a temporary home for them in a 3x5' dog crate in my dining room!!! LOL
    The day after we settled them in to the cage, along with roosting perch, nest box, food and water, another tradgedy happened. My father had a heart attack. Since my father is deaf and my sister and I are the only family he really has, I had to spend the next week in the hospital as his interpreter and make sure they took good care of him through two surgeries. My husband and oldest son took good care of the chickens for me, but because of school, work and visiting the hospital, they didnt have time to start a coop until last Sunday. My father is doing good....a lot more tired than he was used to...but looks like he will be just fine [​IMG]
    We decided to go the easy route and bought a 8x8 wooden storage shed kit for the coop, with an enclosed 8X16' outdoor run. The guys got the ground leveled last night, but the days are so short right now here in Michigan, that most of the work will have to be done this weekend. I sure hope to have my babies out of my dining room and into their own place by Sunday.
    I also have 5 cats (2 indoors and 3 outside), 1 large dog, an african grey parrot, a conure parrot, a cockatiel, a pet box turtle and a fishtank. I have always loved animals and have rescued, and released baby rabbits, squirrels, chipmonks, birds, and even a litter of baby opossums that the mother was hit and killed by a car in front of our house.
    I hope to have more baby chickens hatch off this Spring...and if not, I will have the pleasure of "shopping" for chicks, as soon as the snow melts! I want to have a flock of 20 or so by summer. I love this site and have found it so helpful.[​IMG]
    Nice to meet all of you!
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    [​IMG] from Indiana! How wonderful that you ended up with your aunt's favorites! Glad to hear your dad is okay, and glad to hear that your coop is now well on it's way to being a nice cozy home for you new little birds! Sounds like you have a lot of good friends/family [​IMG]
     
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    BantyBev, welcome to BYC. I know you will enjoy this site. I would like to invite you to join me on the Michigan thread. You will find a group of really nice people and this past summer we held a Chickenstock so we could meet and put faces with the names we have been reading. It turned out to be a wonderful time where we shared stories and food. Many brought birds to sell or trade and a great time was had by all. We have already started planning next years event. I look forward to seeing you on the thread and at the picnic.
     
  4. Pye and Papa

    Pye and Papa Out Of The Brooder

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    How bitter sweet your time has been. I'm new to chickens as well and also have used this site as my life raft everything from the coop to feed info has come from BYC.
    I'm worried about our winter this year especially after sw michigan's previous winter. but I believe from all the info gathered here that we will do fine. Just waiting for my RIR's to lay the first eggs,they are coming into 5 mos. of age. Will more than likely be spring when eggs come I want the chickens healthy not super productive. Best of luck with the chickens and enjoy.
     
  5. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Utah
    [​IMG] from UT! Hope everything settles down, glad your father is doing a little better. You'll love it here!
     
  6. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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  7. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Welcome bantybev, Just the kind of folks we need on BYC!
     
  8. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    A big Texas size [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. bantybev

    bantybev Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for the warm welcome [​IMG]
    Pye and Papa...I am also worried a bit about the cold winters here. My chickens are used to mild winters in Virginia. I already bought a heated waterer and will be buying a temp and humidity gage to put in the coop that I can read from inside the house. We are also getting a ceramic heater for those really cold nights, I think. My rooster has such a beautiful comb and I would feel just awful if it got frostbite. I hope they acclimate well and make it through the winter safe and sound.
    Opa...I have been reading some of the Michigan thread and would absolutely love to come to a "Chickenstock" [​IMG] That sounds like a lot of fun.
     
  10. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    [​IMG] from WI
     

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