Long time listener, first time caller...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by KoopOnTruckin, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Songster

    Jun 17, 2016
    East Orlando, FL
    So I've been stalking this website for almost 2 years now and decided to finally come out of the shadows. I started my flock last spring, 10 chicks turned into 20 within a week, and a few months later we had 33. A few security issues (raccoons and my kid's golden retriever puppy) and several stews later, I'm down to 20 layers, 1 RiR rooster, and 2 pekin ducks. All security issues are handled, the coop is solid (60 sf inside, 320 sf outside) and guarded by 3 very well-trained (finally!) dogs, and now I'm planning my broiler flock.

    I just put in my order from Welp Hatchery for 25 more chicks (5 white rock males and 5 females, 5 Delaware males and 5 females, and 5 Dark Cornish males). The plan is to start my broiler flock, and with some fun experimentation I hope to cross the Cornish roos with the white rock and Delaware hens to get a sturdy meat bird that will supplement our grocery shopping. I'm in the process of putting together a small 48 sf mobile coop that will house the chicks, separated inside to keep the different sizes/cycles apart. Small enough to keep them from flapping and running, but still offering some "free range" greens and proteins.

    I've read about "chicken math" and promised myself and my wife that I would never subscribe to such a lifestyle - and now here we are. My wife has made peace with it, and she's happy with the manure they provide to her garden. And the kid loves the chickens, which is important.

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! I've loved reading your intro and seeing your pic! Many of us were stalkers of BYC before joining, I did a couple of years too ;)

    Good luck with your new order and the breeding to make a good table bird. It sounds a very interesting project.

    Enjoy your time here on BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  3. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

    It is great you decided to join our community here at BYC! Please enjoy being able to be around people that love chickens as much as you! I think your coop looks gorgeous especially with those tress in the edge. I would recommend posting a picture on our coop page because I am sure many members think it is very interesting! You can post that here https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance I really love the design and your chickens look so natural in it! [​IMG] I am happy you decided to get more chicks for your flock, if you ever run into problems with Raising your chicks visit this forum for extra help! https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/11/raising-baby-chicks if you are an expert at that already feel free to go on there and help others with that and other subjects. I hope you and your flock are doing well and I welcome you to our wonderful roost! Good luck in the future!
    Justin [​IMG]
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] That looks like a really nice set-up for you flock!
  5. 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]

    Oh love your set up!!! Chicken math is VERY difficult to avoid. I promised myself the same thing...didn't work for me. Ha!

    Make yourself at home here. Some links to other areas of BYC have been left for you for some late night reading.

    And we do welcome you to our flock! :)
  6. micah wotring

    micah wotring Crowing

    Apr 6, 2015
    WV boy here!

    Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens. Now that you are official you can enter most of the contests on this site.
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  10. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Songster

    Dec 11, 2015
    McVeytown PA
    Hi and welcome to BYC i am glad you could join us.

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