Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by HeartsHomeFarm, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. HeartsHomeFarm

    HeartsHomeFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2012
    south Georgia
    Hi BYC members!
    My name is Edie, and I've been a chicken owner for just over a week now! I've wanted to raise chickens for years now, and my husband and I finally took the plunge and brought home 8 little girls (hopefully) from our local feed and seed/home and garden center last week. This website has been invaluable so far! We're entering into chicken land with very little knowledge or experience, so every little bit of quality information certainly helps! A bit about us: I live in rural south central Georgia with my husband Randy, and our two young children, Elliot and Sylvie. Randy teaches aircraft maintenance at a local aviation college while I stay at home with our children. We live outside of a small town, and have cows and a couple horses (not ours) for neighbors. We've been in the dreaming/planning stages of becoming more self-sufficient and having a hobby farm since before we married, but it's just now coming into reality. We purchased nearly a 100 acres of land several years ago within the county we are living, are in process of getting permits to build a pond on our land, and plan on building our "forever" home there in the next couple years. The chicks are the very beginning of our livestock endeavors. Fruit and pecan trees, meat chickens, and possibly a small herd of goats are next on the list after moving onto our land. Meanwhile, we can get practice building a coop and raising chickens on our current 2.5 acres! Our little girls are an assortment of Rhode Island Reds, Black Sex-linked, and who knows what else. I'm curious to find out more about what they are as they get bigger, and develop their distinguishing characteristics! Of course they have been named, because with a nearly 4 year old, and a little 27 month old, everything most definitely has to have a name! We have Lemon Drop (yellow), Bubble and Jelly Bean (black sex-linked), Cherry, Strawberry, and Apple (the RIR ladies that I can't tell apart), and Nugget and Meatball (brown splotchy with dark "masks" around their eyes or camouflage chicks as my son calls them). They are in a large guinea pig cage on our screened front porch with heat lamps for warmth. I've been browsing the site for chicken coop ideas, and we figured out a location and measurements yesterday. Construction will begin tomorrow! These girls are nearly double the size they were a week ago (at a few days old), and so ready to run and practice flying! I can't wait to get them in a proper coop with a large run for them to enjoy. I have so much to learn, and I'm so looking forward to it all. I have such fond memories of helping my elderly neighbor gather eggs from his chickens when I was little. While I've always been around farming and rural life, I've never had the experience of being immersed in it like I dreamed of when I was little. If only I could have stepped into a Laura Ingalls book! I want that experience now for myself and my family.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2012
  2. Peppy Peep

    Peppy Peep Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2012
    Hi and welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG] Hope you enjoy the site!!!!
  3. soffeann1997

    soffeann1997 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2012
    Good luck with your chickens. Hope you have fun and learn a lot! [​IMG]
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Congrats on your chicks and good luck [​IMG]
  5. HeartsHomeFarm

    HeartsHomeFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2012
    south Georgia
    Thanks for the welcome!
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  7. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Hi & Welcome!!
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio, so glad you joined. Congrats and have fun. :thumbsup
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

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