New member! NM vegan venturing into chickens for the first time...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by VeggieGoneEggie, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. VeggieGoneEggie

    VeggieGoneEggie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2017
    Land of Enchantment
    Hello from Northern NM! I am brand new to the world of backyard chickens, though I've been dreaming and reading about chicken-keeping for several years now! But I know that reading about chickens and *actually* raising chickens are two completely different things, so I'm excited to have discovered this great online community and hope to benefit from all your wisdom as I embark on this new journey!

    I am actually vegan, married to a vegetarian, so I don't really eat eggs -- for me it's an ethical issue, as far as how chickens are treated on factory farms. *However* I'm thrilled at the idea of keeping and nurturing my own chickens as pets, getting to utilize their excellent composting skills, and even enjoying my own home-grown eggs (I have to admit, I'll be excited to eat my first eggs benedict - and homemade, too boot - in a very long time...). A vegan raising chicks and eating their eggs? That makes me odd and perhaps hypocritical in some people's views ... but I promise not to judge anyone who promises not to judge me. ;-) I'm excited to add these fascinating birds to our lives, and I feel good knowing that my own choice will be to keep my hens for life, and all the eggs they produce will go to our egg-eating family members (my husband, our two rescue dogs) and friends and coworkers, which will cut into the number of eggs purchased from enormous egg factories where the hens' wellbeing is completely disregarded.

    With my humble brooder already prepared, I am looking forward to April 13th when the batch of days-old chicks I'm awaiting arrives at the local feed store. I plan on adopting 4 [presumed] ladies to start of this new branch of our family: a Barred Rock, a Delaware, a Red Sex Link an Easter Egger, and a Black Sex Link.

    I'll never feel like I know enough about chicken care, so thank you in advance for all your help and guidance and good humor to get me through this!!
    Last edited: May 19, 2017
  2. DeYoungs

    DeYoungs Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2017
    [​IMG] enjoy!
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, VeggieGoneEggie, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! No judgements here - people keep chickens for a variety of reasons and all those reasons are fine. We are just happy you are here. [​IMG] If you want a crash course in poultry knowledge, please check out the Learning Center here -
    There are tons of great articles you will enjoy!
    And if you want to chat with fellow NM poultry folks, find your state thread here and say hello:
    Best wishes and thank you for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    Here here....down in the south central mountains of New Mexico!! Nice to see fellow New Mexicans here on BYC. There are quite a few of us on board! ;)

    Make yourself at home here and ask any questions you may have.

    Enjoy all your poultry adventures and welcome to our roost! :)
  5. vachick15

    vachick15 Chicken Obsessed

    Welcome to BYC! I hope you like it here!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined us at Backyard chickens [​IMG]
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under VeggieGoneEggie [​IMG] Welcome!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock when they arrive, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  8. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Have fun with your new little flock!
  9. VeggieGoneEggie

    VeggieGoneEggie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2017
    Land of Enchantment
  10. VeggieGoneEggie

    VeggieGoneEggie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2017
    Land of Enchantment
    Finally got my brood!!! As I started this journey, 3 chicks turned into 4 chicks turned into the ultimate 5 chicks ... not an acute case, but an undeniable case of chicken math-itis.

    Here they are, using their EcoGlow as a jungle gym! 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Delaware, 1 Barred Rock, and 1 Black Sex Link. I'm in love. [​IMG]


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