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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NebraskaHick, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. NebraskaHick

    NebraskaHick In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2016
    Central Nebraska
    As you can tell from my handle, I'm from Nebraska, and a Hick! Well, the last name is Hickman, but my favorite uncle went by Hick so I've used it in his honor ever since we got on the internet in '98.

    I was raised on a central Nebraska farm. Dad got into the chicken business, selling eggs to a local hatchery when I was very young. We had 1500 laying hens and the roosters to go along with them. When we still were on the farm, my wife & I would raise a couple hundred chickens for butchering for ourselves & friends. Never got to "know" any particular chicken under these circumstances.

    In the winter of 2012 I was hearing a rooster rather close to the house. Our neighbors to the west had a flock. I discovered a Rhode Island Red rooster in our cedar tree by the back deck. Apparently, he got kicked out of the flock and was roosting here! The temps were hovering around zero, and he was getting along just fine! During the day he joined the flock and ate corn at the elevator next door, but in the evening the flock headed home and he headed for our tree! Later he brought a hen over, and I made a pen, then a perch, then it evolved into a nice tight coop for the following winter. Chicquita died a year ago, 4 years old. Red is still alive, and follows us around like a puppy! Good thing he is docile; his spurs are about 4" long.

    For the full story, and if you have an hour or so to kill, check out my FB album on these birds. There were some bad times (dog attacks 3 times) but mostly good times and fond memories. Who would think an evening with the wife could include a hen on her lap and a rooster on mine?

    My avatar was taken just last week as Red was helping himself to my bologna sandwich.

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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I liked your introduction and I love you avatar pic!
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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

    Wow, loved your introduction! Is that Red in your avatar? He is adorable!

    Well you certainly have come to the right place for all the fun and learning!

    So make yourself at home here and if you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask.

    Welcome to our roost! :)
  4. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    @NebraskaHick you killed your intro. I have not read a intro as good as that in a long time! Wow I can not get over how awesome it was. Red looks very cute and I can definitely see him as a lap chicken lol. I hope you enjoy BYC and feel free to wonder the forums and ask and answers questions as you wish! I wish you and your flock the best of luck!
    Justin [​IMG]
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens , glad you joined the flock.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. NebraskaHick

    NebraskaHick In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2016
    Central Nebraska
    Thanks for the welcomes. My wife says I'm a talker, and I guess it shows up in my wordy intro! [​IMG]

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