New Member Intro

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Eggswithleggs, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Eggswithleggs

    Eggswithleggs Chirping

    Jul 13, 2018
    New Mexico
    I have been keeping chickens since the summer of 2000 (roughly). My introduction to chicken keeping began quite by accident. The hubby and I were cleaning up the property in preparation to take pics for refinancing, and I kept hearing the cheeping of a little bird. I just went about my business assuming it was a wild baby excited by a parent returning with food. Near dusk, when we were wrapping up, I finally decided to go investigate. On the other side of the road from my five acres I found him...this cute little "egg with leggs!" I'm pretty sure that he escaped from a neighbor who raised fighting roosters. I named him Lucky since he had managed, in spite of all his peeping, to survive the whole day without being eaten. The next day I called my local feed store to ask if there was something wrong with him because he seemed to be growing a "tumor" on his neck. Imagine my embarrassment when I was informed that this "tumor" was his crop! He cried piteously every time I had to leave for work, so we went and got him some little friends and they lived in my front room until we finished building their new home.

    I lost my Lucky bird about two years later to a bobcat attack. He gave his life trying to protect his harem. I also lost another hen and my Red bird suffered some damage to her head...she was blowing bubbles out of her eye and had a couple of deep cuts. I brought her in the house with little hope that she would survive, but she pulled through and became a part-time house chicken. I was holding her in my arms when she breathed her last several years later.

    Over the next couple of years I added a few here and a few there. While I was working at a local bank I was befriended by a much older gentleman who began bringing me all the "leftovers" from the local feed stores. When all was said and done, we had forty chickens, two turkey hens and a tom. The last of my old ladies passed two years ago and Dude (the tom) had been adopted by an older couple in Colorado. I haven't thought about much else but getting a new flock started up since. Unfortunately the coop had fallen into disrepair and I wanted to make some improvements, so I had to wait. In the meantime, I had joined the fb group The Crazy House Chicken Lady and lived vicariously through their posts.

    This July I finally ordered my babies from McMurray. I ordered two each; RIR, blue laced red wyandottes, ameraucana, light brahmas, egyptian fayoumis, silver laced polish, gold laced polish, and buff polish. I also ordered a silver spangled hamburg rooster, and they sent me a straight run buff polish rooster (mystery chick). I'm afraid I didn't do as much research as I should have and I'm a bit worried about how my fayoumis will fare during the winters out here in the NM highlands.

    I initially found BYC on a google search and I have visited this site numerous times over the last few years, but didn't actually join until a few months ago. I am an avid gardener, I love to read, I enjoy domestic crafts such as sewing, crocheting, knitting, and cooking. I love to work outside on landscaping and various carpentry and home improvement projects. Of course many of these things are either impossible or take a lot longer now that I have been diagnosed, three years ago, with rheumatoid disease. My husband and I live here with two cats and my chickens. I moved my mother into her own mobile home several years ago when she became unable to work. Sorry for the novel!
  2. hillbilly91

    hillbilly91 Crowing

    Jan 2, 2016
    Westminster sc
    We are glad you finally join. If you have any questions just ask we would be glad to help. We have some very knowledgeable people on here.
  3. 007Sean

    007Sean Addict

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Delighted to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC! I almost teared up a time or two reading your intro! :hugs

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
  4. BullChick

    BullChick Not who you think

    Apr 17, 2012
    Coffee shop
  5. Hope Hughes

    Hope Hughes Crossing the Road

    Apr 1, 2017
    Madison, FL
    My Coop
    :frowWelcome to BYC!
    :hitso sorry for all the losses you had. Cant wait to see photos of your nee flock and coop rebuild!
    Thanks for joining. You have come to the right place!

    There are alot of amazing people that are willing to help with whatever they can, you can also go

    Check out the Learning Center it has tons of great information and articles for just fun reads!

  6. Eggswithleggs

    Eggswithleggs Chirping

    Jul 13, 2018
    New Mexico
    Thanks so much for the welcome everyone! Hopefully, I will be able to post pics soon...still a few things to finish up (mostly cosmetic).
  7. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mossyrock, WA
    What a great introduction Welcome to Backyard Chickens hope you enjoy the time as we do type in your hobbies many of have arthritis and other things but it does not stop us
  8. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi and welcome to our community.

    This is a useful link of BYC guides to take a look at announcements-feedback-issues-guides.3 (there's a guide on how to include your location under your avatar - including your location is very helpful). You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find your State's thread.

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
  9. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Crossing the Road

    Feb 5, 2018
    Northwest Oregon
    My Coop
    Wow, what a really nice introduction! So glad you decided to join us after all these years!! Sounds like you're already an expert and have so much to offer!
    byc-rooster-hen.png There's many others here who also love to garden and cook (like me) I just discovered a couple interesting threads myself. Don't forget to visit those forums as well:

    waving.gif Make yourself at home here and good luck with your new flock!!
  10. Eggswithleggs

    Eggswithleggs Chirping

    Jul 13, 2018
    New Mexico
    Thanks! Hardly an expert, but try to keep learning. Hoping to do a better job this go-around though.

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