Hermit is a Crazy Chicken Lady

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hermit, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. Hermit

    Hermit Out Of The Brooder

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

    Well, I'm not entirely new, but it's been so long that I'm a RE-newbie! :D
    I left my last chicken in the care of a friend of my family, a woman with a lovely tiny flock, about fourteen years ago. I would be moving to the city (apartments don't like chickens) and my Big Girl's friend Baby Girl had just passed, so I didn't want her to be lonely. I would get the occasional update for several years. I have missed having chickens sing to me ever since.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?

    Right now, I don't have any. I'm packing up my things and moving out of my Family's (ex husband, stepdaughter, roommates and their children) house in the city of Citrus Heights, to return to my family's (deceased grandfather's property, now in trust to my adult son) rural-ish tinyfarm at the edges of Colusa county. Once I'm back there, I'll be buying chicks - about a week into April!

    (3) What breeds do you have?

    Big Girl was a white leghorn who "got away" in my mother's yard as a young pullet. I thought she'd been eaten by whatever was coming into the yard to strangle the others at night. A year later, I would be back to visit my mother and find her - huge and grown and docile as ever - watching me from the next door neighbor's side yard! She was trying to find her way back through the fence, apparently having grown herself up on the block of houses around us! She accepted my picking her up with all the grace of a queen, and ride home with me to the property. There, she met Baby Girl - a young Rhode Island Red who, through becoming another only survivor, had become a house pet. Baby thought she was a parrot, I swear. She spent nights in a small animal cage on a table in the main living area, and spent her days in my lap or on a split log perch at the top of her cage. I miss hearing her sing to me and feeling her weight smack me as she divebombed for the small of my back as I read on the couch.

    (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com?

    If I remember right, I found it through a search for... Wait for it… backyard chickens. LOL At the time, I was hunting for laws in my area about chicken keeping. I wanted to own a couple in the nice, grassy back yard of our house.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    Reading, cooking, jewelry making, gardening for food and pollinators, and collecting Build a Bears.

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.

    Let's see… I'm disabled, so my entire day is free to work around the property and do research online. Of my family, I will be moving onto the property with my aunt and uncle, who have been living there but did to declining health, have been needing help. My son lives with my mother to be in the city he grew up in, and have the most steady support with his issues (he had a rough birth and has several developmental problems as a result, and also falls in the autism spectrum). My daughter (step) is six, and will be living here (city) with her parents - of course - but will be coming out to visit me and the animals as frequently as we can pull it off. My aunt has a German shepherd mix, who is entirely untrained, so I will have my work cut out teaching him manners. :p
     
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  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Loving the Autumn Weather Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  3. Hermit

    Hermit Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you! :D
     
  4. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Hello and Welcome to BYC!
    We're glad you decided to join. [​IMG]There is tons of information on here, so I'm sure you'll find answers to all your questions.[​IMG] Great intro!
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Good luck with your move I hope it goes well for you. Do have any breeds in mind for your chicks? I love raising chicks it's such a fun and rewarding experience.

    Hope you enjoy BYC, I am sure you will everyone here to help and very friendly :frow
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    Good luck with your move, and with your future chicks![​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    How things go well and that dog learns his manners FAST. Wouldn't want him feasting on new chicks - or even old ones. Welcome to BYC
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)
     
  9. Hermit

    Hermit Out Of The Brooder


    You and me, both! lol
    I want to be able to let them run around the land, eventually. If he can't behave, I'll be locking him in the house while they do "yard time"! ;)
     
  10. Hermit

    Hermit Out Of The Brooder


    What breeds DON'T I have in mind? :jumpy

    I would love to make a flock of beauties for egg production (they'll be pets) and a handful of breedable meater birds (who will not be). I've been spending *hours* at hatchery sites, whimpering and cooing over all the varieties! I would like to find a serama to keep as a special girl, and raise some really unusual birds like autosexers (mostly so I don't go getting attached to a rooster, if I already have a King) and the black meat bird… um… Swedish Black, I think those are.
    I've been reading good things about jersey giants for meat, as well as NH Reds.

    Mostly, I'm having trouble finding semara chicks/eggs. Every place I've looked at says "we don't sell chicks or eggs". It has me a little concerned; maybe they're too fragile to travel?
     

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