Hello, y'all!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by johanssonmel, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. johanssonmel

    johanssonmel In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2014
    Wilmington NC
    I've just returned to chicken-keeping after a long (20-year) hiatus. We always used to keep chickens, but then I took a job that required constant traveling, much of it international, and it didn't seem fair to say to my husband, "Let's you take care of some chickens."

    Last March I was abruptly grounded because of a health issue, and my first thought was, "Now I can have chickens!" My husband and I built the most ridiculous over-the-top chickenhouse and -yard, and I ordered nine four-week-old pullets from Murray MacMurray. I got the older chicks because they could ship in quantites smaller than 15. Also because the legal limit inside the city limits here is 8, and that's how I roll--always on the dangerous edge of lawlessness.

    The girls are 16 weeks old now. I've got 2 white-crested Polish (Phyllis and Cruella), 2 cuckoo Marans (Odessa and Miss Marple), 1 black Australorp (Niffin), and 4 Ameraucanas (Bluey, Ginger, Sparrow, and Mrs Norris).

    Also two rescued greyhounds, Woody and Twiggy, who aren't allowed anywhere near the peepers because I may be crazy but I'm not stupid.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community!

    Sounds like you have put together a nice flock!

    Make yourself at home here and we do welcome you to our flock!
  3. ProviderEx

    ProviderEx In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2014
    wooohooo, welcome!

    I'd love to see some pictures of your chickens and your coop set up, it sounds awesome.
  4. hennible

    hennible Crowing

    Lots of crazy but not stupid around here
    Welcome to back yard chickens!
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. I've ordered from Murray McMurray on several occasions and have been happy with their birds and service. You should be aware however, if you're not already, that your Ameraucanas are actually Easter Eggers rather than true Ameraucanas. None of the major hatcheries breed true Ameraucanas (except Meyer which has Blue Ameraucanas). The hatcheries (including Murray McMurray) frequently and incorrectly market their Easter Eggers, which are hybrids bred to lay eggs in different colors other than just blue, under the label Ameraucana (often misspelled Americana or Americauna). If you're not familiar with the difference between Ameraucanas, Araucanas, and Easter Eggers, there is a good article at http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/09/ameraucana-easter-egger-or-araucana.html explaining the difference. Our Easter Eggers are my granddaughter's (pictured in my avatar) favorite chickens. She loves their colored eggs. Black Australorps are my favorite standard breed. I've raised them for years and they are extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of ours), and excellent layers of large, brown eggs. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
  8. N F C

    N F C whaz sup?

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC and welcome back to chickens!

    We got out newest addition of chickens from Murray McMurray in April and have been very pleased with them. Sounds like you got some nice ones and I like the names you gave them.

    Nice to have you join us!
  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    X2 would love to see pics of chickens.

  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sounds like you put together a nice flock (all 9 make that 8 of them) and should have a very colorful egg basket!

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