New Member from Roslyn, Wa

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MommyGoose, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. MommyGoose

    MommyGoose New Egg

    Aug 23, 2013

    My name is Tana and I'm so excited to join BYC. I've browsed this site for years and I decided it was time to join up :)

    I've kept chickens since I was 6 years old, so I guess that means I've been at it for 18 years! I've had so many breeds it's hard to remember all of them; Americanas, Orpingtons, Black Australorps, Barred Rocks, Rhode Islands, Anconas, Booted Banties, Cochins, and many more! I love my Buff Orpingtons, they're such sweethearts (and beggars!), and my current Americanas are such characters... they rule the roost. I found Pearl, my Lavender Cochin, to be sweetest chicken ever and I'll never stop missing her. Isn't it funny how much personality chickens can have? I love it!

    We currently have 11 chickens... but I'd love to find some Javas or Marans to add to the flock.

    My adventures in poultry took a mighty upswing last Spring when my boyfriend got me two Toulouse Geese (the farmyard type). They are the smartest, most fantastic birds. I adore them and their antics so much... I can just stand and watch them all day <3 They love bossing us around, especially when food and sprinklers (their favorite toys!) are involved, but when we hold them they turn into big sweeties.

    To keep the geese company, we also got 5 white and cream Runner ducks, 2 Blue Swedish ducks, and something that was supposed to be a Runner but has the "normal" duck build with beautiful blue/gray plumage. Her bill is a gray-ish green and we named her Bluebell... our mystery duck! The geese herd the ducks around all day... I think the ducks like having their protective "big siblings" watching their backs and alerting them to possible food handouts. The only time the geese are less than friendly towards us is when they think we're going to mess with "their" ducks. Hilarious.

    I'd love to find some call ducks... they are adorable!

    Anyways, that's were I'm at in the poultry world. Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know some of you!
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair &amp; Feathers

    Welcome to BYC from California wine country in the Western Sierra Foothils. :frow

    I have Toulouse geese in my flock, too - two ganders for two years (raised from goslings) before I figured out they were both boys. :rolleyes: I added three female goslings this Spring. My Toulouse are my favorites amongst the waterfowl; I have twenty-some Cayuga ducks and a call drake, as well. (About fifty chickens, five turkeys and a peacock complete the flock.)

    Caleb (called "Kate" for his first two years...) had assisted the Cayuga ducks with their ducklings, guarding them, escorting them, swimming with them or standing guard on the rim of the stock tank while they and their momma duck(s) swam.

    He took over the rearing of the three goslings and is now getting sweet on one of them, although he is protective of all three.

    The term "silly goose" sure fits, doesn't it?!?! They bill EVERYthing, dismantle anything they can, play with things you wouldn't expect them to find so fun (a plastic coffee can lid?) and generally display such a joy for life. I love it when I go outside and they see me - they honk in excitement and run in a group, wings a'flapping, towards me, skidding to a stop just before I think they'd bowl me over.

    Geese with The Zoomies are a hoot!
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG]you may want to go to "where am I, where are you," sub forum to locate and post on your state thread - this way you may find local people with the breeds you want to acquire.
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Tana, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us! Best of luck to you and your flock!
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  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
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  6. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2013
    Welcome to the site :) Sounds like you have a wonder flock, I'm glad you joined us!
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  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
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  8. Webechickens

    Webechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2013
    East Central Indiana
    Greetings from east central Indiana!
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    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
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  10. MommyGoose

    MommyGoose New Egg

    Aug 23, 2013
    Thank you so much for the warm welcome everyone!!

    gryeyes, I just love hearing about your geese! Mine certainly pull at my heartstrings and crack me up on a daily basis!
    My favorite item they bill is their sprinkler! When it's turned on they try to bill and get very confused when it sprays them in the face... but they still try everyday! When I let them out in the morning they do the most splendid running/flapping/honking display... I do feel like they're going to knock me over sometimes!

    Do yours let you hold them? Sometimes mine will crawl into my lap (like they did when they were sweet SMALL goslings <3 ) and they are SO cuddly... but of course I know it's really because they want to eat my shirt buttons! But it seems the older they get the less they like being held.

    I really have no clue what their genders are... but hey, they needed names so they got them! I just hope I'm not giving them complexes if we got the names mixed up ;)

    I'm so glad you mentioned that your gander really took after your goslings! I'd love to get more and I was worried that they might be territorial. Caleb sounds like a sweetheart :)

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