New from California Central Coast

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bobcatridge, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. bobcatridge

    bobcatridge In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2010
    Central California Coast
    Hi everyone,

    If you wonder about the user name, we live on 10 acres on a mountain between Morro Bay & Atascadero in California. The mountain backs up to national forest land. When we first moved here 10 years ago, the bobcat took naps in our small backyard and marked the rocks so we called our place Bobcat Ridge. We use to see the fox drink out of the birdbath from the family room window and the deer rut in the backyard. We have deer, skunk, possum, mountain lion, and I have seen one bear. In addition, we have gophers, voles (similar to moles), ground squirrels, regular squirrels, hawks, owls, quail, road runners, vultures, wild turkey, tarantulas, and various snakes including rattlesnakes. We definitely have wildlife. Since we got our dog (border collie/australian sheperd mix) we don't see as many animals near the house. Anyway we have decided to get some chickens (we actually have two at a friend's coop in Templeton - not sure of the breeds). We are in the planning stages for building the fort coop because that is what it will have to be. We have strong winds & rain in the winter. Everything blows down the hill if it is not anchored. We also have no flat land - our house is built on the top of a knoll on the only flat spot. We plan to build the coop on the edge of the very small backyard but it is starting to slope at that spot. We have purchased The Garden Coop plans from My Pet Chicken, although we plan some modifications to accomodate our site and area. Discarded lumber for the coop is coming on Saturday, although construction probably won't begin until the following weekend. It is my husband's 50th birthday and he is celebrating this weekend.

    I found via Bing internet searching. I have done lots of reading on the site and thought it sounded good like a great forum.

    As far as chicken breeds we own, I just found out that one is a Barred Rock and the other is a brown chicken. My friend is trying to find out what it is. A friend gave me these chckens because they had too many chickens. One is laying already and the other is an adolescent. We are interesting in having good egg layers with a variety of egg colors. We would like some Rhode Island Red, Austalorp, and Easter Egger. We want 8 to 10 chickens.

    My biggest hobby is photography. I have done it professionally but since my daughter was born (she is 9 yrs old) I have pretty much only photographed family. My husband use to make homemade beer but now he only makes it periodically. My husdand is a computer programmer/computer network manager. He works for a small biotech company in San Luis Obispo. I am a chemist who was laid off and couldn't find a job in this area. So I started my own photography business/digital imaging business which ended when I was pregnant. I have also worked in Quality Assurance, patent research, and been an office manager. In addition, I have recently added a garden in half wine barrels lining the driveway. I have tomatoes (Murray Smith type developed for the cold San Francisco area), various herbs, cucumbers, and bell peppers. My bell peppers aren't growing well but the rest is doing fine. I hope to add more barrels to expand my garden.

    Our family consists of myself, my husband Jeff, 9 yr old daughter Amelia, the dog Whimsy, the cat Sasha (good mouser), and a new kitten named Smoke. We have been married for 15 years and have lived on our knoll for 10 years. I grew up and lived mostly in the mid-west (Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana). My husband has lived his whole life in California.


  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
  3. OrloffTom

    OrloffTom Chirping

    Jul 27, 2010
    Welcome to BYC! Hope you enjoy your stay here [​IMG].
  4. Twin Mom

    Twin Mom In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2010
    Floresville, Texas
    [​IMG] from Texas!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. tobin123

    tobin123 Songster

    Mar 4, 2009
    [​IMG] from Indiana
  6. lauraleigh

    lauraleigh In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2010
    Welcome, Carol. I'm new here too, and learning. Great place! Great people! (And you learn a lot more than just chickens!) I have family all around your location -- sister and family in Los Osos near Morro Bay, their two boys, one a software programmer for a small company in Atascadero where he has a house, and the other at Trader Joe's in SLO. Are you near Santa Margarita, by chance? One of my favorite small towns. Also thought about living in San Miguel. I know it gets hot in this area during the summer, but after the Mojave Desert, I'm not scared of it! Good luck with settling your property. Sounds perfect!
  7. sequoiacyclist

    sequoiacyclist Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Visalia, CA
    Welcome from California. I live further inland of you near Visalia/Fresno. Good luck on your chickens. If you are interested in the future I am starting to breed marans and I am sure I can spare a few chicks.

  8. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    [​IMG] & [​IMG], Carol

  9. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Songster

    Aug 2, 2009
    La Crescenta, CA
    [​IMG] from SoCal! Glad you found us!
  10. mwilsonk23

    mwilsonk23 Hatching

    Jan 26, 2017
    los osos CA,
    m in los osos working on getting started on a coop mysel

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