New chicken lover

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kathleen521, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. kathleen521

    kathleen521 New Egg

    Jun 21, 2011
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Hi, I'm Kathleen. I've got 6 random ladies my son and I have raised from day olds to the lovely 11 weekers they are now, and I knew I'd like having chickens, but I didn't know how very much I'd like them. My favorite one, (aptly named Favorite) seeks out my lap or shoulder for petting (and delicious hairs she can snack on...) the rest come running when I open the back door since they usually get spinach stems or apple cores or what have you. I do think I've got a roo though, waiting to see on that one.

    I live in Flagstaff AZ, which at 7000 feet has pretty rough, LONG, snowy winters. Glad this forum is here to get advice on things like that.
    Also waiting for the ladies to get bigger than the cat so he will leave them be while they are out eating bugs.

    Oooo, Also? picking nasty bugs off my potato and pea plants and having the ladies to feed them too? SO satisfying!
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  3. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

    Jun 20, 2010
    [​IMG] from Oklahoma! [​IMG]
  4. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Previously Barred Babies Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. whiteflare

    whiteflare Out of the blue

    Mar 13, 2011
    Hi, Kathleen! [​IMG] [​IMG] from Australia!

    Yes, originally, I had no idea how much I'd enjoy having my chickens. We got the ideas off the neighbours, who told us the people who used to own our house kept a bunch of hens. The coop was there but falling apart. After getting rid of the dirty, rusty nest boxes and nailing planks of wood to the rotting door frame, we reckoned it'd be okay to house some chickens...

    We've got exactly the opposite problem to cold: it gets almost unbearably hot in the summers here: think 45 degrees C. The chickens don't shed their feathers until after this period so it's pretty tough on them.

    I love feeding the birds. I get a spade a turn the soil over and over after it's been raining: so many worms. You'd think Australia would be too dry for worms, but no. [​IMG] Watch them go...
    They used to climb onto my shoulder and sit on my head when they were chicks. Now, as hens and pullets, they hate being touched or picked up. It's like children and adolescents. [​IMG]
  7. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    [​IMG] I also love picking nasty bugs off my plants and feeding them to the chickens. I hold a pitcher with hot water in it under the plants in the morning where I see them, give the leaves a wack and they drop straight down into the bucket. Then I pour out the water/bug mixture out in front of the chickens and they go to it! Very fun to see!
  8. jcf3202

    jcf3202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from Pennsylvania!
  9. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    [​IMG]. from Texas
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop

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