New from outside Madison WI.. and a strange flock of chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by WIChookchick, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. WIChookchick

    WIChookchick Songster

    Aug 25, 2010
    Rural Brooklyn, WI
    HI All,
    I have had chickens off and on since I was a teenager. kept them in my house one winter in CA. Lied to the neighbors about a goose I had in the back yard, telling them it was a rare tibetan terrier
    called a "Honksu Apso", and their bark sounded like a goose..

    I started off last year with a friend and I going in on some Polish bantam chicks, she quit buying food, so after a while I found homes for hers except one we liked.
    I have three older hens that are retired 4H show chickens, they don't lay but are great birds.
    1 giant black cochin, 1 silver lace wyandotte, and a Partridge rock. I have heart breaking results with frizzle bantam cochins, it seems whomever they are getting them
    from as chicks, (I have gone to 2 different sellers-private not a swap).. as soon as they start to mature, their legs quit working, and then they just can't walk and suffer.
    I had 3 production hens, red star or RIR type, partially de-beaked, 2 died from old age and the third one is hanging in there being a happy hen, she belongs to the lady
    where I keep my hens, I gave her the three when I got the 4h hens.
    I have a crested polish rooster, large size, but he is so "hen" pecked he looks like friar tuck..
    And late last year got two Black sex link hens.
    THis year I got a large group of silkie chicks, bought more and then mixed and matched and sold the ones I didn't need. I then got an adult pair...
    one of my babies grew up to be a rooster so I have two silkie roosters, and three hens. the older adult one started to brood so we put some other eggs under her.
    She hatched out 4 babies, two are hers, one is a black sexlink/polish cross, and the other is (WE HOPE!!) a frizzle-cochin-polish or frizzle-cochin-brahma bantam cross.
    when we lost one our frizzle bantam cochin rooster it was heartbreaking.. but before he went on.. he passed on some genes!!
    I just got an aracuna chick with cross beak today so she is in with the silkies.
    a large variety and hoping to ad 3 more soon, another silver lace wyandotte and two delawares.!!

    They free range in the barn, and live in converted stalls to coop!!
    Most of the hens have been named for adult film actresses.. but some were named for singers and metals such as Magnesium. That one is a gold laced frizzle polish bantam hen. Maggy for short.
    SO lots of chickens that are odd but neat too!!
  2. littlestorm

    littlestorm Chirping

    Aug 20, 2010
    Welcome, what a nice big family. I am farely new too but my family is small. I have on polish, Sandy and one frizzle, Cruella and one cross breed of a polish and frizzle named Kevin. Kevin is a girl named after the bird in the movie Up. Well nice to meet you.

  3. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Hello WIChookchick! Greetings from Tucson, AZ and [​IMG] You and your strange flock are going to fit in quite well here.
  4. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings


    And congratulations on the Honksu Apso. I've never seen one in person. I hear they are quite rare. By the way, is your neighbor in the market to purchase a bridge?

  5. WIChookchick

    WIChookchick Songster

    Aug 25, 2010
    Rural Brooklyn, WI
    I actually had one person (the type that feel the need to keep up with the Joneses) say she saw one at the Big dog show in New York.. westminster I think,...
    I about lost it..
    "Oh yes, I saw one at the kennel show.. quite rare you know"....
    ACK... we also told people it was a parrot.. LOL
  6. GrandmaAnn

    GrandmaAnn In the Brooder

    Aug 19, 2010
    Welcome from another Wisconsonite! You have quite a variety there. Your goose story is hilarious.
  7. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    [​IMG] , also from WI.
  8. bella1210

    bella1210 Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    [​IMG] from ct

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