Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Richleeblessed, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Richleeblessed

    Richleeblessed New Egg

    Aug 12, 2013
    Hello everyone!

    I am totally stoked to be here. I am planning to begin a backyard farm when I move to New Mexico. The great thing about 98% of the towns in New Mexico is that they have many back yard farmers. In many places there are no restrictions at all. In the more concentrated cities the maximum is 25 chicks. Although my family raised chickens for many years, I realize that I know nothing about raising my own chickens. This is why I am so grateful for this site.

    I have a story that may make you laugh, but at the very least, it will let you know the type of person I am. When I was growing up, we would buy chicks in the early Spring. This would insure that the chicks were warm enough, and by the winter would be hearty enough to withstand winter with the other chickens. In my father's wisdom, we bought straight run chicks. In one particular run we ended up with a white giant rooster, who was the biggest coward of all. When there would be a thunder storm, he would cause such a commotion that he would stress out the other chickens. There were many stormy nights when we would run to the coop to rid it of predators, only to find this bird in the middle of the floor flapping and flopping around on the floor making an awful racket. I was told to get him and bring him in the house, so I did. When the storm was over, I would return him to the run with the other chickens. It became routine to see a storm approaching, go into the roost get this rooster that was big enough to be a turnkey, and bring him into the house. About two years later, I went out to clean out the roost. While I was cleaning the roost, there were some chickens around my feet (this was normal for me) This time was different When I would reach into the roost to pull out the old bedding, I would get pecked on the top of my boot. I would take my arms out of the roost and look down, but the pecking stopped. So in I would go again and I would get pecked on the foot again. I looked down and this rooster, my rooster, was standing next to my foot. I put my arms in and began to get pecked by that darn bird! So finally I said, "What do you want?" I reached down and petted him and he proceeded to untie my boots. So I tied them and went back to work. Into the roost and peck, peck, peck. Finally I reached down and picked him up. With one hand I cleared out the roost, and with the other I held this bird--and he was content. Later, I began to take him out of the run and he would follow me around the yard. One day my Coward of a rooster was following me to a neighbors coop, (I helped them feed their chickens) and we got cornered by a very mean neighborhood dog. I grabbed my rooster to protect him, but he ran between my legs and attacked the dog. That bird chased the dog all the way back to his property. This was the day that I fell in love with chickens. From that day forward, MY ROOSTER lived in the house with me. I have heard many things about chickens such as they are just dumb birds that are good for eggs and food. But I have to disagree. Because they make great pets as well.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Richleeblessed, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I agree with you - chickens are more than meat and eggs. There are a lot of stories of brave roosters on BYC! Good luck to you and your flock!!

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  4. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2013
    Anchorage, Alaska.
    Great story and welcome from Alaska.[​IMG]
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] what a great rooster story. Did he get over his fear of storms??
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
  7. Richleeblessed

    Richleeblessed New Egg

    Aug 12, 2013
    No he never did get over his fear of storms...but after he chased that dog he didn't have to worry. He slept...was supposed to sleep...in a kennel in my room...but slept on my bed between my feet. If he got cold he slept right next to me.
  8. Trillium233

    Trillium233 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 11, 2013
    Hi there! [​IMG] I'm new too.

    What a great story! Sounds like you had a feathery little sidekick.

    None of our chickens have been quite that much fun, but I have to laugh at our chickens too, I really do. -The way they have to be all nosy and investigate any new thing they find in the yard, or the way they flop around dust bathing. The broody hens are a hoot, all puffed up and defensive. Any time we go outside, it's like a sort of reverse Red Sea parting as the chickens rush in to see if we've brought them something new to eat.

    So much more than meat and eggs. [​IMG]
  9. Richleeblessed

    Richleeblessed New Egg

    Aug 12, 2013
    The funniest thing about chicken little was that if anyone acted like they're going to make trouble...forget the dogs beware of the chickens LOL
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!

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