New Backyard Chicken Farmer

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by laurenspoppy, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. laurenspoppy

    laurenspoppy New Egg

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    Just introducing myself! We're a couple with an 11 year old daughter living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We live in the East Bay, bordering Berkeley, and are new to keeping chickens. We got the idea from one of our daughter's friends, who is from France where this is a bit more "normal." We thought it would be a good experience for our daughter, learning about sustainable living, and how to understand and appreciate where our food comes from. In just 6 months, we have learned a lot. We lost our first 2 pullets to raccoons - and thus learned how to really protect our hens. Then we learned that one of our hens was a rooster, which didn't please our neighbors, and we had to find a farm-home for him, because our daughter wasn't ready to learn about raising chickens for food. Now we have 3 hens, each almost 6 months old, and they are just now beginning to lay eggs. We have a Black Jersey Giant (she's a BIG girl); a Buff Orpington; and what we assume is an "Easter Egger." I don't know if she is an Araucana, or an Ameraucana, or a "mutt," or what... She lays bright green/blue eggs (just started), is gold and black, small and flighty, has funny sideburns, no comb, and does have tail feathers. Any guesses? Anyway, we LOVE our new hobby, but also look forward to connecting to other urban chicken farmers, because we feel a little bit like the neighborhood freaks. THANKS!
     
  2. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Welcome and enjoy your chickens-they're great!
     
  3. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    San Pablo, CA
    Welcome [​IMG] We are just up the road from you near Pinole. You may want to check out the Bay Area BYCers! thread and the California - Northern thread in the Where am I? Where are you! section. A lot of good chicken people there.
     
  4. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
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  5. arianna

    arianna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    welcome I think we are all a little bit neighborhood freaks [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    Welcome! I'm in Sunnyvale, and we have at least half a dozen backyard chickenfarmers within a half mile of here. It's great.

    Definitely check out the Bay Area BYCers thread! And again,
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  7. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Ohio
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    You probably have what is called an Easter Egger if she came from a hatchery. Once you can post pictures you might get an opinion here.
     
  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  9. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
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  10. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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