Long time lurker, new member from Chicago.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SpinningJenny, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. SpinningJenny

    SpinningJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2016
    Hi BYC community,

    I finally joined up after reading and enjoying the forums for a while now! I've had one orphan city hen for about a year, my first chicken in over a decade! She's a little lonely so this spring I've decided to try my hand at incubating some eggs to give her some sisters, maybe a boyfriend (if my neighbors won't kill me!)

    I live in Chicago, in the Woodlawn neighborhood. We have a small yard just big enough for a free-range flock of maybe 4. I've got a 3 year old, two cranky cats, a teeny little doggy and a turtle on top of it. I may never be able to travel again...

    I haven't kept chickens since I was a teenager, or incubated eggs with a fancy Hova-Bator ever! I'm not expecting great results, but I'm hoping for a learning experience I can share with my children. While I'm a 20 year vegetarian and won't be eating any of my birds, I will however dissect any non-viable eggs for the sake of BIOLOGY!

    I'm hoping to learn about bringing up chicks, building a better coop, making feed, what to do when I go away for a week now and then, etc. (Now accepting applications for chicken sitters!)

    Glad to be a part of the community! I'm excited for my little batch of 12 assorted eggs, so cross your fingers I don't muck the whole thing up and we get some lovely chicks!
  2. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hardy Township, OH
    [​IMG] Glad you decided to join.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. I think Chicago also has a big chicken club, and they do coop tours once a year or so I would be very cautious of the cats and little dog. As a greeter I have been shocked by the number of new members who say their toy breed (Chihuahua, yorkie, mini doxie, etc.) massacred their chicks/chickens. And cats, are well, they are CATS! enough said.

    If you were able to get some "fertile" eggs of any breed, you could hatch in an incubator and not need to have a rooster.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    Good luck with your hatch and be sure to check out the "incubating and hatching eggs" forum and the hatch along threads that are around.

    Best wishes

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  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    It's nice to have you here!
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