Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MrsNoName, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. MrsNoName

    MrsNoName Chirping

    Mar 2, 2015
    Hi, I am an ex-Brit, now a US citizen, committed to starting a new life in Idaho, USA after 30 years in the computer industry. My husband and I are building our dream log cabin near Orofino and plan to get somewhat self-sufficient. I want to get some alpacas for fiber production as well as chickens.
    I couldn't wait to get started and got some chickens early last year, purchasing at a local farm supply store - 2 Black Australorps and 2 Rhode Island Reds and have been keeping them in the back yard of our rental house in town while we finish building on the hillside. This is my first time as a chicken keeper and I have loved being able to access the posts on BYC for help along the way.
    Sadly I lost all but one of my first flock to either a dog or a raccoon one day. So I adopted one more barnyard cross, Henrietta, from a friend to keep my survivor, Baby, company. That’s Baby’s photo as my avatar. I then ordered 4 more that came in a box in the mail - 2 more Black Australorps (Polly Peck and Daisy) and 2 more Rhodies (Rosie and Sandy). I was heart-broken to lose Baby last month. She had developed a bulge between her legs around November last year. The local vet wasn't confident in the diagnosis (hernia or internal lay) and certainly not to treat it so we ended up taking a wait and see approach because Baby was well to all intents and purposes except for the bulge. Alas the hernia burst and she lost a lot of blood before we got to her. Again, the vet had nothing to offer except to put an end to any suffering. Baby had a great life at the top of the pecking order in our little flock. I just wish it could have been longer.
    The rest of the flock are doing well, although Daisy, one of the Black Australorps seems to be very slow developing her comb. I’ll post a question on that in the appropriate forum.
    I’m glad to be able to become a member of this community of chicken lovers. I am totally in love with my little flock and look forward to many years of fun with them all.
  2. N F C

    N F C whaz sup?

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! Great intro, thanks for sharing your story.

    I'm sorry for the losses you've had. It's hard when we get attached only to lose them. Good luck with your other birds and if you have questions, feel free to ask. There are a lot of friendly and knowledgeable folks here to help.

    Nice to have you join us!
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our BYC "flock".

    I'm sorry for the losses of your beloved birds.[​IMG] I hope the remaining ones continue to be healthy!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about the loss of Baby :hugs
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sorry you lost Baby. It is very hard to find good vets who know and care about chickens. If you have concerns regarding any others in the flock please post in detail at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures thread." Otherwise we here, will do our best to answer your questions. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. I'm sorry for your losses. It's always sad to lose some of our flock. Black Australorps are my favorite standard breed. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds), and they are extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children and granddaughter made lap pets of them), 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. MrsNoName

    MrsNoName Chirping

    Mar 2, 2015
    Thanks so much for the warm welcome, everyone. I look forward to getting to know you all online as we share chicken experiences and stories.
  8. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
    We're glad you decided to join the ''flock''! Feel free to ask any questions you may have, there is a lot of great info on this site and I'm sure you'll find answers! [​IMG]
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    I'm sorry for the loss of Baby. [​IMG] Good luck with your other chickens!
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!

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