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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mommywoes, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. mommywoes

    mommywoes Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there, I'm new to this coop but I've been raising my own chickens for over a year now. Let me tell you a little about me... I'm a mother to 3 very lively children (2 boys and a girl ages 3,2, and 4 months) , 3 horses, 3 goats, 3 dogs and a cat. My backyard chickens came to us Mother's Day weekend in 2010, a wild chicken decide to make her nest in our unused coop. On the day her chicks hatched (12!) our bird dog killed the hen. What can I say my mommy instincts took over and my husband and I ran out and scooped up all of the hatchlings and brought them inside. We made a quick run to tractor supply and came back with everything these chicks would need. We were extremely lucky only 2 were roosters and the rest started laying last year continued through the winter and now that summer is full tilt these beautiful girls are laying like crazy! We're getting a minimum of 12 eggs a day, and had one crazy day with 30 eggs laid... yep THIRTY! Needless to say we've been making a lot of egg based meals, and our friends and family call us when they need eggs.

    A few months ago 2 of our hens went broody and I decided to let them keep some eggs, unfortunately the hens have started fighting for a chance to sit on the eggs as well and a few eggs have been broken. I was devastated to find that a chick had hatched and had been killed in the mayhem. So as of today I ordered an incubator kit ( Little Giant complete incubator kit with brooder) and we'll see what happens. Family members are quite eager to have a chance to raise some chicks in hopes they get a hen. Oh and before you think I let the roosters breed with essentially their siblings, I didn't. I actually traded one of the roosters for a Bantam rooster... I can't wait to see the chicks!!
     
  2. 10 point

    10 point country boy

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    [​IMG] from NY
     
  3. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. MommyMagpie

    MommyMagpie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! I think you will like it here, it's one of my favorite places to hang out on the internet!
     
  5. mommywoes

    mommywoes Out Of The Brooder

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    Ah I forgot to mention.... our own mini farm is located in Bakersfield, California.

    And thanks for the Welcome posts! I have a feeling I might end up spending too much time on here ...[​IMG]
     
  6. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck! I'm fairly new to chickens... haven't yet incubated eggs. I like 'em as starter pullets if I can get them, but I did get some day old chicks a few months ago... have to admit, could be addicting!
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  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG] from Kansas, mommywoes![​IMG] Cool story about how you got started in chickens! Best of luck! [​IMG]
     
  9. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]. I don't think there is such a thing as too much time here, right, agree with me please [​IMG]
     
  10. Kountreefok

    Kountreefok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Hi and welcome!
     

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