New from Northern CA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by A3M0N, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. A3M0N

    A3M0N Hatching

    Feb 21, 2015
    Hi everyone. I'm active duty Air Force stationed in Northern CA, originally from South Carolina.

    My wife and I are thinking about building a small coop and keeping around 4 chickens. We want to keep chickens for the self-sufficiency aspect as well as a family togetherness activity, we have a 6 and 8 year old children, and a family dog. We are also going to be starting a garden for the same reasons.

    I'm glad this forum is here, I'll be bugging y'all alot in the coming weeks!
  2. TexasChickenRoo

    TexasChickenRoo Hatching

    Feb 21, 2015
    Wichita Falls Texas
    My purpose is basically the same......a new interesting family activity and some old-fashioned self sufficiency. I'm a city boy who is an engineer by day and math tutor by evening. My three kids all graduate from college in May and they cannot believe I'm considering this hobby.
    I know nuttin......
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for your time in service, and Welcome to Backyard Chickens. It's always great when the whole family is involved. Do you think 4 chickens will supply you with enough eggs? What breed(s) to you plan on getting?

    Young chicks or older pullets? Don't worry about bugging us, that is what we are here for. You may want to visit the Learning Center and then maybe the Raising Backyard Chickens forum.
  4. Welcome to byc and northern California.this place is a wealth of knowledge and great people.
  5. hockeydad6791

    hockeydad6791 Songster

    Mar 24, 2013
    Orma WV
    Hi and welcome to BYC!! My son is trying to join the marines and is set to leave in September to Paris island for boot camp. I hope he makes it as he has his heart set on it.
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. Raising chickens is a wonderful experience for children. My granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) loves our chickens. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  7. A3M0N

    A3M0N Hatching

    Feb 21, 2015
    Thanks for the warm welcome!

    TexasChickenRoo, I spent some time in Wichita Falls. I went to my first tech school at Sheppard AFB. I'm a city boy too, but the wife and I are planning to retire somewhere just outside of a city. Right now Tennessee is in the lead for our retirement state. But thats still 12 years away.

    drumstick diva, from what I've read 4 hens should give us around a dozen a week. Does that sound about right? I was thinking a couple of leghorns, maybe a couple of brown egg layers as well. I'm not really sure yet, I'm still researching and open to suggestions.

    hockeydad6791, tell your son good luck from me! I have the utmost respect for anyone joining the Marines.

    Thanks again for the welcome!
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    You're welcome. If you get White Leghorns or Black or Red Sex Links, you will get about 2 dozen eggs per week from 4 hens. I've had all three of these egg laying machines and they will give you 6 (occasionally 7 eggs per week). I still have Black Sex Links (Black Stars) in my flock and they are my favorite hens. They are more cold hardy than the Leghorns, and friendlier than either the Leghorns (which are high strung and flighty) or the Red Sex Links (which are a little more standoffish than the BSLs), and they have consistently churned out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. My Black Sex Links have been especially persistent layers in cold winter weather.
  9. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC!

    Glad to have you join!
  10. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you decided to join us. Good luck with getting your first flock.

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