Hi. I'm Jea (Jay).

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by msJ, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. msJ

    msJ In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2017
    Hello everyone.
    I've been a chicken "mom" for about 6 years.
    I've had flocks as large as 47 and currently have 3 hens and a rooster.
    I don't breed...I buy hatched. I've gotten pretty good at sexing my preferred breed over the years. I have owned Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Jersey Giants, Rockets...and I have a real preference for Buff Orpingtons. I just love them... they're so cuddly.
    I cull my flock when they stop producing. The hardest thing I've learned I can do. They're an excellent table bird and pretty good layers as well. And I've learned a lot of the years...but have still have surprises pop up now and again and need the advise of those who have more experience. And I am grateful for it.
    This year, I've decided to make a home goods business (veggies, herbs, cheeses, eggs of course, and flowers) and I hope to get some perspective from those who have also turned hobby to business. I'm an avid gardener. I love to grow herbs, fruits, and plan to landscape in all edibles.
    We have an acre and a half in rural VA and are hoping to purchase an additional 70 acre parcel next month. My husband is also starting a woodworking business this year. We are both engineering designers for insurance reasons (myself an independent, my husband for a local corporation)...and I am a caretaker for my autistic adult son...one of 5 children. All children are adults except the one in her senior year of high school (though she only has a few months to go).
    I will never be an empty nester... but as they move away one by one, I find myself with more and more time to enjoy my hobbies. Which is a happy place to be.
  2. LittleWillowFarm

    LittleWillowFarm Chirping

    Oct 12, 2017
    Auburn, Maine USA
    Welcome to BYC! Glad to have you here:welcome
  3. Poultrybreeder

    Poultrybreeder Crowing

    Apr 21, 2017
    New Mexico
    :welcome I hope you enjoy it here! :bun.
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  4. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Crowing

    Jun 14, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    Welcome to the great and wonderful BYC!!!

  5. msJ

    msJ In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2017
    Thank you.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi, Jea, welcome to BYC. Glad that you have joined our community.
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  7. msJ

    msJ In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2017
    Thank you.
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  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G’Day from down under msJ :frow Welcome!

    Thank you for a great introduction.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)
  9. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop
    Welcome Cool.gif

    Good luck with the home business!
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  10. microchick

    microchick Crossing the Road

    Hi from Northeastern Missouri Jea and welcome to BYC!

    Glad you could join us!
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2017

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