Hello to all from South Carolina!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by PFBuckley, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. PFBuckley

    PFBuckley New Egg

    Sep 30, 2015
    Saint George, SC
    Hello! I’m Paula from South Carolina. My husband and I were tired of city living and moved an hour’s commute from our work at the end of May. (We have 6 kids, although none live with us.) We bought a 4 acre farm that came with 3 goats, 3 barn cats, a dog, 5 hens, and a rooster. J We had only ever had cats and dogs, so wow were we in for some changes! I did a LOT of reading (especially this forum!) from the day we signed our contract to the day we closed. I’m still learning more every day!

    A week or so after we moved in, one of the barn cats had kittens (surprise!) so now we are up to 7. The goats were a mama and her twins – but we eventually sold the male kid because he was getting too big and strong for me to handle (never been around goats before!) I’ve been milking Gertie every day and learning how to use her wonderful milk in all kinds of recipes and cheeses.

    The hens that came with the farm are completely free range and they roost outside of the coop on an old wooden structure behind the barn. I named them:

    Thelma -- Easter Egger? Grayish/white hen who lays light greenish-blue eggs
    Beulah -- Black Australorpe – reliably lays light brown eggs
    Opal – Easter Egger? Tan hen, extremely flighty, who lays oval pinkish eggs
    Betty – Small black hen who lays small pinkish eggs
    Henny Penny – Small black hen with reddish feathers around her neck who lays small pinkish eggs
    Roscoe – Roo! Don’t know what breed he is.

    In mid-June I bought some pullets and straight run chicks from breeders in the area. These are:
    Ruby, Rhoda, and Ruth – Rhode Island Reds – 23 weeks and still not laying
    Myrtle – Cuckoo Maran -- 23 weeks and still not laying
    Wynonna and Wilma – Blue Laced Red Wyandottes -- 19 weeks and still not laying
    Elsa – Swedish Flower – 16 weeks and still not laying

    In mid-July Henny Penny was broody and she was bound and determined to hatch the plastic nest eggs I’d put in their nest box – so I gave her 2 eggs each from Beulah, Thelma, Opal, and Betty. She hatched out all 8 in just 19 days!!! The very next day, one was missing (we named it General Tso because it was someone’s dinner. L)
    The remaining 7 chicks, now 6 weeks old, are: Copper, Roscoe Junior, Mini Penny, Madea, Franklin, Spock, and Picard -- the kids named them!

    So now we have 20 chickens and couldn’t be happier…well, when I get more eggs maybe! I’m looking forward to interacting with everyone on this forum and learning more about my feathered babies. I LOVE how they give me hugs, “pip pip pip” as they follow me around, eat from my hand, sneak into the barn to steal the cats’ food, and most especially, how they run like little old ladies with puffy skirts. J

    Oh and also, all of the chickens I have gotten/hatched since moving in are all coop trained and run for the coop in the evening when I call out, “Time for bed, girls!”
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hello, Paula, congratulations on the move, and welcome to BYC. Hope you can work from home. That commute can be a ki9ller - the Princess did a similar commute for the last 8 years of her career. [​IMG]
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Paula

    Glad you could join the flock! Your move to the farm sounds fantastic :celebrate I would love some goats but just don't have the room right now but I'm hoping in the future I will be able to keep some. Your chicken adventures sound like they are coming on well too. Flocks do have a habit of growing unexpectedly!! Isn't it just great to watch a broody hen hatch and raise chicks, I've had my first broody this year and it was a most enjoyable experience. I'm an incubator hatcher so seeing it done naturally was fantastic.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with all your animals in the future.

    Enjoy BYC :frow
  4. steven29128

    steven29128 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    South Carolina USA
    Hello Paula,
    It sounds like you did a total life change. There is nothing like country living. I really enjoyed reading your post and I am happy you became a part of BYC. We also live in SC.
    Welcome to BYC ! [​IMG]
  5. N F C

    N F C just 1 more cup pls Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hi Paula, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Your intro was interesting, thank you for sharing with us. There is a ton of information here so if you need help finding something, be sure to ask. There are a lot of friendly and helpful members here.

    Good luck with all your animals!
  6. alanabug

    alanabug Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2015
    Bishopville, S.C.
    Hi Paula! Alana from Bishopville SC. Your girls sound great! I would love to see pictures. Did you train them yourself to come in at night?
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens - it sounds like your flocks blended without bloodshed - [​IMG] wish they all did. Broodies are just the greatest thing since ice cream.

    If you put up some pictures here or at "what breed or gender is this." you can probably get them identified for you.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    P.S. it would be far safer for your flock to be trained to sleep INSIDE a coop, instead of out in the open. Predators will notice them sooner or later, and could wipe them all out in an evening.
  9. MumsHens

    MumsHens Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 1, 2015
    Hi, Your life sounds fantastic. We only have a small garden but my Mums is bigger and she has just the four birds, which I look after for her.
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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