My First Post- Hello!(Very long post)

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Mom 2em All, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    I just registered, but have lurked here for weeks, and have read as much as I could.

    I can't tell you how many times I have read the hatch anticipation and I am cheering on my side of the monitor-and nodding my head to how slow time goes when you are waiting.
    I have several eggs in my LG incubator now- but it has given me such a headache with fluctuating temperatures between 99.7 and 102.4 that any chicks that hatch will be my little heroes. I have four Serama eggs left, started with seven...dropped one while candling it- somewhere between," YES! This one is good" and putting it back in the incubator. I was so sad, I almost registered to post at that moment. One was a dud, and two died somewhere in the first week. I have one that I am pretty sure is not good, but after dropping one, I am giving it a chance. I am on Day 11 with them now.

    I ordered a shipment from a hatchery and that was a nightmare. I opened a box of yolk and shells- and with little faith, put the surviving eight in the incubator. The three banties are fertile and look good, but the others I am not convinced they will do anything. Three Black Giants and mystery others. They are on Day 5, I think.

    From reading on here, I have learned that I need a second incubator to separate the hatchers from the incubatings- so I have one of those on the way also. Plus, my replacement eggs from the hatchery will be here next week.

    I am hatching them all out for my Brother-in-law. Something got into his coop and killed all his chickens. I live in a suburb and we are not allowed to have chickens. I hatched some out two or three years ago- for the sake of my three kids to experience it- and someone called and reported me. I had to give my three hens to my brother-in-law.

    That said, I have a chicken in my daughters bedroom right now. Someone brought it in to my work (I am a veterinary technician at a very busy animal hospital). They had found her running down the street. I figure she was an Easter chick that someone got tired of. Her name is Carmen. She is very spoiled and very much, "not a chicken". She sits on my ten year old daughter and watches teevee, and acts just like a dog. She is a feathered dog. I had a near tragedy with her- my dachshund grabbed her out of my hand, and skinned her back, pretty much completely. I didn't expect her to live through the night- but she did, she is growing, and we have been treating her back wound, and it is looking good. Notice I say, 'she'. I do not really know, but after all we have done for her, and as attached as my daughter is to her, she has to stay a girl. So far all she does is peep and cheep. Not very big either. Flesh colored comb.

    I read every thread I could in the Coop section, until I couldnt take it anymore. Then, I went to the store and bought the lumber and the supplies and started my own coop,.. I mean, tool shed. Today, much to his own frustration, my husband finished it today. It is 6X3X6'. I am very excited. Plenty of room in there for the banties and/or Seramas...or the Black Giants. I have room for 3 or 4..."tools". My house is "L" shaped, and we are placing it inside the "L" so that it will be concealed. The chicken yard will be the area I dedicated to a pond, approx.20'X40' yard area- fenced off, but no pond. I closed it up, too hard to maintain.

    *staring intently at the eggs*. I am ready- I just need the chickens now. Thank you for taking the time to read all this, and thank you all for the wonderful threads of advice that I have been researching through, and filing away-just in case.
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Welcome to BYC! Hatching and chicks are addictive and this place is full of enablers. But I am not one of them. Oh, no. Not me. [​IMG]
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Welcome to the best forum on the internet!!! [​IMG] Glad to have you! [​IMG]
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Quote:Don't be so modest MissPrissy! LOL! [​IMG]
  5. [​IMG] Have fun!
  6. turnerstar31

    turnerstar31 Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    welcome and it sounds like you are off to a pretty good start. I hope that your eggs hatch so good luck with them. I have an lg and have had worse temps than that and still have had them hatch so you will prolly have some babies soon. Good luck with everything and have fun exploring the site
  7. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Hooray for tool sheds!! [​IMG]

    Welcome, enjoyed your story [​IMG]

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