I need a 12 step program

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by walkswithdog, May 5, 2009.

  1. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    There are 10 week old chicks, 8 week old chicks, six week old chicks, three week old chicks and poults, 3 day old chicks, turkeys due the sixth, and ... more eggs waiting... I have three brooders, making a fourth.

    Adding a grow out pen to the back yard and working on plans for a new turkey pen/coop.

    Getting better at hatching.... has had ummm consequences. I'm beginning to think I need a program. Maybe a fencing program. Maybe a construction program. Possibly a course in large scale poultry farming.

    Addictive doesn't even BEGIN to define this thing. Especially once baby turkeys start flinging themselves into your arms to be held and cuddled and talked to, cooing and chirping and looking at your eyes and trying to get close to your face...

    Did I mention I NEED a program? I subscribed to the turkeycolorgenetics yahoogroup but you know---- that didn't help. Saving Duckbutt also did not help, now I need a POND BUILDING program.

    Middle aged crazy is mild compared to this thing.

    I have an Uglybator, a foam hatcher and now a mini-fridge bator in the works. And I'm saving for a Dickey. I really really need a program.

  2. DANNY

    DANNY Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    You need to see the doctor at CHICKEN NUTS ANONYMOUS.
    Save me a seat !
  3. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    :::Moving over a bit on the bench and patting the open space:::

    Good thing this lecture hall is the size of a stadium... [​IMG]

    I have a feeling I'm going to be in good company. [​IMG]
  4. prinls

    prinls In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2009
    SW Ohio
    I could have written that myself. I have 6 week old chicks. I have I week old chicks. I have 4 day old poults and a hatch going on as we speak. I have another hatch due in a few days. Actually I have a sportsman filled with things that will hatch. and today I am adding more.
    I should be out right now working on the turkey pen or painting the new chicken tractor. That was my plan honestly. But here I am sucked into BYC again. I have been talking about a pond but everyone knows what comes after a pond. Ducks.
    I have 5 brooders going now and need to get out there and seperate some so they have more room. Did I mention I need a grow out pen ?

  5. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Lebanon, Virginia
    Oh my, I am right on the seat beside of you guys. They make a pill for everything else. Do you think they can come up with one for a chicken addiction, LOL. My name is Rhonda, and I am a chicken addict, LOL. [​IMG]
  6. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    Here's the 12 step program from an old thread:


    Step 1: Admit you have a problem.
    Step 2: Admit you have a problem to the enablers on your favorite message board. They will nullify the "dark side" of the problem, and introduce you to a new breed of chick you don't have ... yet...
    Step 3: Purchase new chick that you learned of in step 2.
    Step 4: Deal with coop crowding situations after the fact.
    Step 5: Admit (again) you have a problem...
    Step 6: Build coop even larger than necessary so you have excuse to buy more
    Step 7: Buy more
    Step 8: Buy the incubator because you can't order chicks in some of the more rare varieties you are dying to have. Write off cost of incubator as health care expense on taxes because you were 'dying' to have it, so it must have saved your life by purchasing it. Definitely a health care expense.
    Step 9: Clear out closet in spare room, put little muzzles over chick beaks and tell SO that the noise coming form closet is just mice and you have that under control. If they persist use the old lie that women use for new clothing-"Oh, that old thing? Had that for years, your just not very observant.
    Step 10: Add on to Coop!! Assure hubby it is the only addition. (Till the all the eggs you just bought come in and hatch!!)
    Step 11: Move just so your chickens have enough space to free range, no other reason....
    Step 12: GIVE UP FIGHTING! You're an addict, get used to it!!!

    It comes from this thread.
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  7. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    My name is Lori and I too am a chicken addict.
    I had 44 chicks & chickens until the past weekend. Now...

    I have 10 days old chicks in the garage, along with a lavender d'Uccle quad I traded for.

    I have 9 chicks from 6-8 weeks old in the small coop.
    I have 9 mature chickens in the big coop.

    I live in a subdivision.
    DH has said no more hatching until I buy a shed, as he's tired of his garage smelling like a petting zoo, and the den smelling like incubator.

    Anyone know where I can buy a sturdy used shed, cheap? [​IMG]

  8. . . . Will someone please save me a seat ? . . . . I have been waiting for days to get a day off so I can build some more chicken pens.

    ..... then I decided that the hens need to be wormed . . . . So for at least 2 weeks, I will have eggs that I can't eat or sell. . . . I guess they will have to go in the incubator so they won't be wasted . . . .

    I think that means that I will be building more brooders . . . .

    Perhaps I should have started my reply with .....

    "Hello, my name is Enola, I have decided that I am addicted ....
    to hatching, building, planning for MORE chickens ....."


    PS. This was my boyfriend's reaction when he walked into my garage last week [​IMG] It took him 4 days to ask how many chickens I have [​IMG]

    My reply ? [​IMG]
  9. WiseChicks

    WiseChicks Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Hudson, WI
    Walkswithdog -

    You don't need a 12 step program; you have all of US to "support" you! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

  10. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    That TWELVE STEP post is sooooooo TRUE.

    I only wanted a small flock of Partridge Rocks when I started here at BYC.

    Now there are PRs, Barred Rocks, Blue/black/splash Rocks, Delawares, Sizzles, Barred EE's, bantam dark brahmas (for sale TN), and turkeys. Seeking good breeder of DarkBrahmas - large fowl. Pretty sure EE's are coming out of those blue eggs when they hatch...

    It IS SOOOO much better to confess here [​IMG] Here I'm guaranteed no one will actually try to cure me.

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