New Backyard Chicken Farmer

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jhartzelljr, May 27, 2017.

  1. jhartzelljr

    jhartzelljr Just Hatched

    May 26, 2017
    My story - Let me begin by saying I didn't want chickens. I had no time for chickens. Both my wife and I work full time, and have 2 very active kids and three dogs. As a family, over the years we have always seemed to have a lot of pets, I could've probably opened my own zoo. Well the kids got older and the pets besides the fish and the dogs declined. And so I thought I was in the clear. UNTIL....until my daughters 5th grade teacher suggest that she incubate and hatch eggs for her science project. I said ok, and agreed to not keeping any! And we all agreed. Fast forward, 21 days, and 12 chicks hatch out of 24. Note: some were duds, and 5 just didn't hatch however this is a science expirement on there life cycle and not hatching is part of the science. Not bad for first timers.
    10 days later chicks are growing faster than anticipated and they are growing on us.....
    A month later they are ready to go into there coop. Yes, all 12 of them! Now my daughter is going to learn about taking care of chickens, selling eggs, and becoming a young entrepreneur. So the chicks that I didn't want are now part of our family, they all have names and everyone is happy!
  2. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2017
    Hudson Valley NY
    congrats? lol welcome to backyard chicken!!
  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Reading. Must read more. Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    Great project! lol

    What breed/s did you hatch?
    What do you plan on doing with the boys?

    Please post pictures when you get settled in.
  4. RoosterCogburn7

    RoosterCogburn7 Chicken Atlas Farm NPIP 74-4231

    Dec 5, 2014
    The attack of chicken math. :) I love birds in general. I like watching hawks fly in the sky, and drift on wind currents. However, I also love dogs. My wife is a cat person. She could care less about birds or dogs. They say opposites attract, which is true.
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Chickens do find a way of squirming their way into hearts. Congrats on a successful 1st hatch and best of luck with the new flock!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I do like happy endings.:celebrate
  7. jhartzelljr

    jhartzelljr Just Hatched

    May 26, 2017
    Thanks everyone for the welcoming! I am not 100% sure what we got, the old Italian farmer didn't know either, lol. He said, you wanted fertile eggs so here you go, lol! The boys will probably go back to the farmer or to other friends with chickens. In my town, its illegal to have roosters. I will post pictures soon. Thanks again.

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