Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AndreaMcChick, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. AndreaMcChick

    AndreaMcChick In the Brooder

    Feb 8, 2018
    I have had chickens several times on and off as life circumstances allowed. I think I learn and grow each time and its gets better and better. We last had chickens a couple of years ago but had to get rid of them for a move. Now we are in a new home on a larger city lot and we are gearing up to raise them again. We are thinking of getting 10 birds. In the past we only raised Red Star birds which are a Red Sex Link. They were recommended to us by some friends because they are heavy layers but this time I am planning on getting different breeds that are less aggressive. The Red birds were super friendly with people but they were not easy to integrate new birds into their existing flocks. I am looking at getting some Buff Orphingtons, White Leghorns, Easter Eggers and Black Austrolops. I have been reading this forum for years and finally decided to take the plunge the other day and make an account so I could comment. For me I love my chickens but they are not my pets, they work for me or I don't have them. I use my birds for eggs, meat, and composting. I am constantly striving to find ways to raise my birds in a way that will reduce disease but also cut down on my work load. I am a gardener and I call myself the lazy gardener, which means that I do a lot of sheet composting, permaculture practices, and see the entire garden and a system that needs to work together to create soil and plant health. We have a few children and a dog and live on an 1/2 acre lot in the city.
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Quail Hatch TBD

    Welcome to Backyardchickens.com aka BYC! :frow
    :yesss:We are glad you joined our flock.
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.

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  3. Lamaremybabies

    Lamaremybabies Crowing

    Nov 2, 2015
    New England
    Welcome! Glad to have you.
  4. 007Sean

    007Sean Enabler

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy :welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
  5. Plip

    Plip Free Ranging

    Apr 28, 2010
    NW Washington State
    Welcome Andrea! Great to have you join us at BYC!

    We did the sex link think for awhile, too, and they are really good layers, really economical birds. But I didn't find them as interesting as other chickens, and now we keep a mixed flock. We have all of the breeds you mention, and they can all be good layers (the Easter Eggers can be hit and miss, since they're basically mutts).
  6. MrsMistyReal

    MrsMistyReal Enabler

    Aug 6, 2014
    Welcome aboard to BYC family gr8 people tons of information loads of fun enjoy shake your tail feathers 1250972-eaaf72ec0adea36bcb73d03ebb09f6f1.gif
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G’Day from down under Andrea :frow Welcome!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you include your general location on your profile, this will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

    You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock when they arrive, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)
  8. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi Andrea :frow Please make yourself at home here.
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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Good morning, Andrea, welcome to BYC. Great introduction!
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
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