Hello, My Name is John...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jkpenrod, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. jkpenrod

    jkpenrod New Egg

    Sep 19, 2012
    Fauquier County VA
    Alright now that I have that part out of the way here is a bit more of a detailed intro. Last July my wife and I bought a house a bit further out from the city. The move gives me a 2 hour commute one-way each day, but it also gave us nearly 2 acres of land and a house large enough for us to pursue our idea of becoming as self-sufficient as possible. The reality is I have no plans to quit my job, because I somehow have to pay for the house, so self-sufficiency to us (at least right now) means supplying as much of our own food as possible and building on that. Our initial plans were simply for vegetable and fruit, but last spring on a trip into Tractor Supply Company we saw their spring chicks and my wife fell in love. Since the home we brought was a foreclosure and required quite a bit of work (new well, septic, kitchen, flooring, new AC electric, etc.) I nixed the idea of raising chickens almost immediately. I knew it would be too big of an undertaking with everything else that absolutely needed to be done, afterall this is a process. I left the door open by saying let us think on it and if this is something we still want to do in a few months we can begin planning to introduce chickens into our lives in a year or two.

    Ten months after we moved into the house (we bought it in July, but did not move in till December) and about six months after first discussing chickens I believe we are more interested today than we were originally which means I am now deep in my planning stages. By the way, I am an engineer so I definitely plan and research. I can adapt well and am not against spontenaity, but I do believe chances of success are much higher when thought through and planned properly. I have been trolling these boards for a few months now and I see the immense amount of knowledge and experience available here so I have finally joined so I can ask specific questions, gain specific knowledge and bounce ideas around the members. Hopefully I will eventually become a resource to new members just as I am sure you veterans will be to me.
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG], Glad to hear you are going for your self sufficiency dream! We have a few self sufficient members on here who I'm sure you'll enjoy meeting.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! I'm also on a bit of a self-sufficient mission, but I have to settle for planning as I don't have the land yet (lucky you). We are planning on getting goats for milk and cheese, veggies and fruit trees and of course some chickens for eggs and entertainment. Meat wise I'm thinking rabbits and maybe a lamb now and then and of course pigs. Pigs have this awesome ability to turn waste and weeds (nettles...grr) into meat and they are fab at clearing land and plowing. What more can you ask for? LOL
    Do pop in at our sister site SufficientSelf.com and the self-sufficiency section here (scroll down the contents page, it's near the bottom). You may also find the Hobbies section informative. We have some cheese and soap makers here who will happily share their wisdom. Have fun and keep us posted!
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us. We're also trying to be at least a little more self sufficient by making our own soap, candles, gardening, and of course eggs from the chickens. By the way, you might like checking out the Gardening section on here, too. Good luck :thumbsup
  5. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2012
    Welcome to BYC from NY
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  7. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
    were working on get more self sufficient ourselfs :)
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California!
  9. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    Hi John :frow [​IMG]
  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, jkpenrod, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Best of luck to you!! [​IMG]

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