Hi from Oakland, California. So excited about getting chickens and ducks!!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SaraPoppy, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. SaraPoppy

    SaraPoppy Hatching

    Aug 6, 2014
    Oakland, CA

    I have been a serious lurker here for almost 2 years now. I know, I know..... don't say it. ... .. I'm a scardey cat, I guess, ha ha. I didn't want to join until I had our own chickens, but I felt the need at this point to at least join, and introduce myself. :) I have spent the past two years learning about taking care of the small flock at my older son's preschool. As time has passed my family really started yearning for our OWN flock. Now that my oldest baby is not such a baby anymore, and will be going to kindergarten.... no more living vicariously through his preschool to get our chicken fix. So I am emerging from the shadows, lol. We are preparing our new coop, building our run, and getting ready to acquire our first chickens and ducks!

    So, fist, I wanted to say thank you thank you thank you to all the folks on this site. It is you who have answered many, MANY questions for me as I was learning about how to care for the preschool chicken flock. You have also provided much entertainment with so many fun stories. I enjoy reading about everyone's experiences .

    Anyway. I will try to not be such a stranger. No more lurking!

    We are getting:
    Ameraucana, Black Australorp, Silver Wyandotte chicks. One of each. Maybe another or two? Maybe different breeds? We are often to suggestions. We are also getting a few Saxony ducks. These are all of the breeds that have come up as favorites while my family and our housemates' family have been researching breeds of both chickens and ducks.

    We have 4 kids at home - all boys. My husband and I have an almost-5-year-old and an 8 month old, and our housemates have a 3 year old and a 10 month old. And yes, it is a BIG house. ;) plenty of room for all of us. It's a little crazy at times, of course, but it's definitely never dull! Our roomies are awesome, and we are all on mostly the same page about almost everything......... including wanting chickens and ducks. Hooray.

    Anyone else in Oakland?? Any advice or thoughts to share? I feel pretty confident on my knowledge of the livestock rules and laws but if anyone has any thoughts to share it would be appreciated. I am also wondering, does anyone maybe have any suggestions for another breed that might get along well with the ones we are already getting and also is good to have with kids? I'm thinking of Brahmas maybe, but can't seem to find anyone in our area who has them. Sad face, So I'm seeking suggestions please, and/or a lead if you know someone in the bay area who breeds Brahmas and would sell us a chick or two.

    Thank you, and I'm happy to be here. Woo, go backyard flock!!!


  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. You are getting a nice mix of breeds. Black Australorps are my favorite standard breed; very hardy calm and gentle, and the best layers of the standard, brown egg layers. Our Ameraucanas (actually ours are Easter Eggers and not true Ameraucanas as true Ameraucanas lay only blue eggs) are my granddaughter's favorite. She loves the different colored eggs they lay. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about ducks (although I've had a few), but I have to admit that ducklings are the ultimate in cute. You might want to post on our duck section at https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks where our duck experts can answer any question you might have regarding your ducks. Also you can get in touch with other members from Oakland at https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=oakland. 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.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I have one piece of advice for you and you are going to thank for it a year from now: build a BIG coop. I can tell from reading your post, you are going to get more chickens than you are thinking off now. Been there done that [​IMG] I started with 3 and ended up with over 100! Enjoy!
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you finally decided to stop lurking and join our community!

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on. Chickens are so much fun to keep and you will wonder why you didn't get them years ago.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with your chicken adventure! You might also try your general state thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread and if you have a specific breed in mind you might try those threads ie https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/169790/brahma-thread for a breeder Most of the heavy brown egg laying breeds and Easter Eggers will get along with each other, though some of the reds (RIR, Production Reds, RSLs can be rather pushy with other chickens). You might want to check out the member Reviews in the Breeds section on the different breeds you are considering, a lot of them talk about temperaments and how they are as pets. https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Great intro!

    You've gotten great advice above.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You may want to research buff orpingtons and Black Australorps or something smaller for little children to enjoy - like silkies and bantam cochins.

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