Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by C Dohrer, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. C Dohrer

    C Dohrer Chirping

    Jan 16, 2019
    Ellsworth, Wi
    Hi my name is Carla. My husband and I have a few animals that we raise on his sisters very little farm in west central Wisconsin. We started out with pigs. No particular breed. Basically to sell as feeders or to eat. We have about 30 of them ranging from 2 weeks old to 2 years old with many ages in between.

    We relocated a bothersome cat that wandered our neighborhood out to the farm. She is one of the critters we have out there. She’s so content out there. She is a serial killer of rodents, rabbits, and other small animals. I’ve never seen a more efficient means to controlling the rat population either. We have two of her kittens from her first litter as well. They are also efficient rodent controllers as well. And big for their age and occupation. They are 9 months old, big, super friendly, and like to help us on the farm.

    Last summer we bought two rabbits which we thought were does. I learned this last week that both are little bucks. I guess I’m not very good at sexing baby bunnies. Just after the new year we adopted my nieces two rabbits. Ones a female mini or holland lop, we think. She a full grown lop that only weighs 5-6 pounds. We just bred her last weekend to one of my bucks. The other rabbit is believed to be a neutered NewZealand male.

    Last September I found an amazing deal on newborn goats. $5/head. I got 9. They are now strapping busy 50+ pound wethers. I’m so in love with them.

    This spring we are planning on starting chickens. For meat, eggs, and brooding. We also plan on raising rabbits as well. They are so versatile. We are thinking for meat, pelts, babies to sell, and compost. Possibly even start some worms for sale as well. We love to fish but no longer have the time to do that now that we have so many farm animals and a fixer upper property/cabin as well. I have not selected breeds of rabbits or chickens yet. But, I’m narrowing the list down. I also plan on raising a few goats. Likely Nubian, for their milk, meat. May try making some products with their milk as well.

    My personal goal is to change up our frozen pizza diet to more meat, milk, eggs, cheese that we raise on our own.

    I am married to the man of my dreams, Jim. We’ve been married for 7.5 years. We also have a little girl together, Abigail. She’s 4 years old. Jim has two full grown adult children from his first marriage. They are 21 and 25 years old. His 25 year old son has blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren.

    I am currently a disabled nurse. I’ve been disabled for 9 years now. I’m currently 46 years old. I’m a bit of a late starter of sorts. Married for the first time at the age of 39 and my first child born when I was 42 years old. I have had health issues since I was in middle school. That is when my depression started to become a challenge for me to control. I’m still struggling with it. I also began having severe headaches when I was in junior high. That has grown into chronic migraines, and fibromyalgia. I have one more health concern that I’ve been struggling with for the past 15 years. My teeth used to be perfect, straight, no cavities, no extra dental work needed. They have pretty much disintegrated to nothing and my bones have also become very brittle. I am possibly dealing with a sprain or a stress fracture in my wrist/hand. It’s too soon to tell which it could be. If it’s a stress fracture, I’ve likely broken it in the last 2-3 days even though I’m in a long wrist brace. My husband is @ 21 year retired veteran of the army national guards who returned from Iraq only two months before he and I started dating. We went to school together there was only three lockers between his and mine. My daughter was born three weeks early at a very light weight of 4 pounds 6 ounces. She and I stayed three weeks in the hospital after she was born. She had a few complications and we nearly lost her minutes after birth. She’s still a peanut. At 4 years of age she only weighs 28-29 pounds. But is super smart, healthy, and growing-at her own pace.

    This is a picture of my family including my grown stepchildren and my STepsons new bride. This is just about 1.5 years old.
    That’s pretty much me in a nutshell.
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Did you candle today?

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  3. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    Hello neighbor! I am over in Kewaskum.
  4. N F C

    N F C Poo happens, move on

    Dec 12, 2013

    Lovely introduction, it's nice to have you here!
  5. C Dohrer

    C Dohrer Chirping

    Jan 16, 2019
    Ellsworth, Wi
    That’s cool! What do you think of this winter weather? I think we will take a pounding in March or April.
  6. 007Sean

    007Sean Addict

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
  7. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    Hello Carla
    Welcome to BYC.
    How do you think your killer cat is going to react to the chickens?
  8. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Upstate NY
    Hi Carla! :frow Welcome to our FUNomenal community! Best wishes and have lots of fun! :ya
  9. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

    Feb 5, 2018
    Northwest Oregon
    My Coop
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    Wow, now that's an introduction! I was a late starter in life as well, married at 37, first and only baby at 40. But I fortunately do not suffer your health problems... I'm sorry you have to go through all that. My husband is a disabled army veteran and it's our dream as well to move out to the country... just like your neighborhood cat... sounds like you've made her dream come true! I think chickens will be a marvelous addition to your life! They are probably one of the best forms of therapy. Here's my 4 yr old daughter with our first chickens:

    Welcome to BYC!
    Good luck and best wishes in all your ventures!
  10. N F C

    N F C Poo happens, move on

    Dec 12, 2013
    Such a cute picture Flappy!
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