My butt ugly chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Thenewguy, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Thenewguy

    Thenewguy In the Brooder

    Aug 7, 2013
    Central Michigan
    Hello everyone,
    So my chicken adventure started at the end of my 5 year old daughters school year this last June. Her class hatched a bunch of chicks, my daughter asked if we could bring some home one day when I went to pick her up, and I thought "It's been a while since the wife and I got in a good fight about something stupid I did". So I told my daughter "Sure! We'll take 4".
    So we have these four cute fuzzballs of yellow fluff running around and I figured it's good for the kids to handle them several times during the day to get the chicks and the kids (ages 4,5,and 10) used to it. Within the first two weeks, my brother in law brings his dog over while we are out in the front yard playing with the little guys. He assures me that the dog is good around chickens. Well, chickens maybe, but not chicks. So the dog chomps on one of the little guys right in front of the kids. So yeah, they're therapy will be justified. Not a great start, but I have 3 out of 4. That's 75%, which is still a "C" and that was good enough to get me through high school.
    Anyway, fast forward a couple days and we're at the local feed store checking things out. They got a bin of baby chicks, ducks, and turkeys (Yes, I WILL learn the lingo) on clearance. 3 bins, one for each kind of bird....foul....whatever. My wife says we should get another chick to replace the one we lost. So the kids and I are like 'cool' lets get that one, or that one. My wife says "No, we're gonna get that one, it's just like the one that died". And it looked exactly like the others!
    I noticed a couple weeks down the line that there was something weird about this chicken. I named him "Charlie Sheen" cuz he just always looked like he was coming in from a hard night of drinking. His neck was long, unlike the others. His feet were big and white where the others were yellow. The feathers that he was getting looked messy and were coarse to the touch. The other three were all soft. One did end up being a roo though. I denied this until the morning he woke me up. Then my daughter realized that she could make him crow by squeezing her baby doll which made a very annoying "ma-ma" sound. which evidently the rooster hated too because he went nuts when she did it from inside the house. We said our goodbyes and sent him to live in a place more 'rural' than our backyard in the middle of town.


    Back to the chicken. So I am waiting week after week for this thing to pretty up and it just doesn't all. I thought it was sick, I even blamed my wife for picking that one....."I'm sure the one's the kids and I wanted turned out to look just fine!"

    Finally about a month ago. I just got a pen up for them to hang out in when my 18 year old son and his girlfriend stop by and headed out to the back to marvel at my accomplishment. The first thing his girlfriend says was; "That looks like a turkey I used to have."

    I hadn't thought of that..........

    Face palm

    So now I'm here, and I think I have out-newbied most people.

    Anything I learn from you kind folks will help a whole lot and will be way more than I knew an hour before so, please, be gentle. I believe I had 4 White Plymoth Rock(s). And, so far, they are really cool. The kids still jump up and run to take care of them.

    I am now down to just the turkey and one hen though. there was an unfortunate accident involving my 10 year old son, his hockey stick, and a chicken that shoulda zagged rather than zig. But that's another thread (and another year of therapy).
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, newguy, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Your story had me laughing the whole way! [​IMG] Good luck to you and your family in your poultry pursuits!!!
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I got to say, yours was one of the funniest introduction posts I've ever read and I've read a couple. Thanks for the laugh!
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Hockey stick? Oh boy...
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - flat out love the story!
  6. Angelicisi

    Angelicisi Crowing

    Mar 26, 2013
    Baton Rouge area
    My Coop
    Ha ha! Kids and dogs and chickens. I have all 3, I totally get every word...and a turkey! Bahahhaa I love it, still have it? , get some pics up of the birds, BYC is a GREAT place to ask any question that arises. And watch out for chicken math ;) .
  7. Kourtnie

    Kourtnie RedWolfn'Racer

    Mar 15, 2013
    Bettsville, Ohio

    lol you just made my morning!!! Welcome aboard!
  8. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I don't know whether to [​IMG] or [​IMG]

    Anyway, welcome!
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2013
  9. Haunted55

    Haunted55 Songster

    Feb 15, 2012
    Central Maine
    Awesome, that's all I can say.
  10. txnative

    txnative Chirping

    Apr 30, 2013
    Kempner, Texas
    Too funny! You'll fit right in here!

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