I'm from East Tennessee and I'm new!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by casencourt, May 30, 2012.

  1. casencourt

    casencourt In the Brooder

    May 30, 2012
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    Hello all,

    I am very new to chickens. When I was around 10, my grandmother and I talked my parents into letting me participate in the 4H chick-chain. I was just too young to really enjoy them.
    I am now a little older and my husband and I have decided to get two hens for our “urbanish” backyard. So, we do not have any chickens yet. We are in the process of building a coop. I bought the plans for the PlayHouse coop from www.isthmushandyman.com. It looks to be the right size and protective enough.
    We live in North Knox County, Tennessee.
    We are planning to keep our chickens as pets, to enjoy their fresh eggs, not to show. I’d love to have two Ameraucanas. I am currently on the waiting list of a breeder in Pikeville, TN. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll just try to get two friendly, relatively good egg producers. I’m thinking a couple Buff Orpingtons, I want something that I can give lots of attention to and that are a little fluffy. Raccoons have been known to frequent our yard.
    I love to garden, but we have terrible soil, the thought of having two little compost producers excites me!
    My husband and I have only one child, a spoiled rotten 18 pound tabby cat named Mortimer. He is an inside cat and I know he will despise the chickens, as he does every other living creature besides myself. He plays outside for a few hours everyday, to keep his weight down; he does do a good job of keeping stray dogs and raccoons out of the yard. He is fearless.
    As I have no real chicken experience, I’ve read a few books and blogs, if anything I have stated above makes no sense, or you think I’ve perhaps made the wrong bird breed selection, please let me know. I am only going on what little information I’ve been able to obtain mostly from personal blogs and a few message boards. That’s why I’m here, to get real advice from real people!

    Thanks again!
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  3. robertgower53

    robertgower53 In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2012
    Welcome! It is so exciting waiting for that coop to get finished, and getting your birds. I have 10 hens I purchased from a farm in TN in February. They are all laying now. I am getting 7-9 eggs per day. I call them "my girls". A definite read is Chickens for Dummies while your coop is being finished.
  4. mkcolls

    mkcolls Songster

    Mar 13, 2011
    [​IMG] from Ohio!
  5. robertgower53

    robertgower53 In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2012
    I have 5 Easter Eggers and 2 RIR, 2 orpingtons and 1 leghorn. They have great individual personalities. We are in Dickson TN.
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC!
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009

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