Hi From Suburban Portland OR

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AlexisWriter, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. AlexisWriter

    AlexisWriter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2014
    Suburban Portland OR
    I'm so glad I found this site, and I can't believe I didn't discover it sooner. I was Googling around, trying to find 8+ weeks-old barred rock chicklets. I don't want to brood peeps in the house again. Anyway, I discovered this site and it looks so welcoming!

    I got my first girls 5 years ago. I started out with three and we did so well until last summer. One of them died, sometime between July 4 and 5. I don't know what happened to her, but she slipped away during the night. The two remaining girls, Eggness and Granny Mae, did well and continued to lay till fall. Then in November, I had to take in an arthritic, old shepherd mix. She's 11, but still had enough juice to kill Eggness. I guess I don't need to mention what a horrible day that was. Then I worried that one chicken alone wouldn't survive. I was afraid that Granny Mae would pine away without company, so one of the Portland TV weather guys very kindly adopted her to his place in the Columbia Gorge.

    Now with spring right around the corner, I'm going to rebuild the enclosure with heavier wire and a new gate to keep the shepherd out, and do some general clean-up. I also have a Great Pyr mix but she's great with chickens and cats. I'm eager to replace my flock with maybe 2 barred rocks (great little layers, and all-around fun and funny birds), and maybe a RIR. But given the dynamics of the dogs and the cat, brooding in the house would just be too hard.

    I'm a writer and I work at home. We live in a subdivision but this is a development in kind of a mixed area of what used to be all berry fields. Blue Lake and Interlachen Lake are nearby.

    It's good to be here!

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Hope the mishaps are far behind you.

    If you don't like brooding in the house maybe you need a silkie hen or two, or three. Silkies ,as a breed, frequently go broody - plop some fertile eggs under them and they happily raise whatever pops out. Easy peasy. Maybe you could have an Eggness 2 - I really love that name.
  3. AlexisWriter

    AlexisWriter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2014
    Suburban Portland OR
    Thanks, and me too! Too much trauma and drama for one year!
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    I am so sorry for your losses. [​IMG]But maybe this time will come a bit easier for you. [​IMG]

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry for the loss of your older girls, good luck with new ones!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi, Alexis, it's good to have you here - welcome to BYC.
  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed


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