New Poster, "Oldish" Lurker -- from SW Missouri

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DAFox, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. DAFox

    DAFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2009
    SW MO in Vernon Co
    Hi, I've been lurking here (now and again) for several years and have learned alot. I finally decided to become a part of the community here, rather than apart from it.

    I am originally from KC Mo, transplanted to NJ when I was 4 years old, and made it back to Mo 40+ years later. My husband (raised in Tulsa and transplanted to NJ at 15 years old) and I moved to 40 acres 100 miles south of KC in 2005. Both of our children have adapted to the slower pace and actually started to like it here after a few years. Our son is 22 and our daughter is 21.

    We inherited 25 chickens when we bought our farm. They were Barred Rocks and black sex-links with one Buff Orpington. I gave away some, our Lab/Ger. Shepherd puppy that we got shortly after we moved got to some, but I still have one of those hens. Henrietta will be with us until she dies a hopefully natural death.
    Currently, we have hatchery chickens -- 2 BO hens (3 yrs old), 1 BO roo, 4 NH red hens, 3 Black Astralorp hens, 2 Partridge Rock hens (3 yrs old), 2 RIR hens (1-3 yrs old), 1 RIR roo, 2 Americauna hens, 2 Barred Rock hens (1-5 yrs old), 3 Silkie hens- 1 white, 2 splash, 1 black Silkie Roo. One of my Partridge Rocks hatched a RIR/BO hen, a RIR roo and a Partridge Rock/RIR roo. The ones with out ages are from this spring. I was disappointed with my 3 other broody hens giving up too soon, so I got the Silkies. I really enjoyed watching Mama with her babies so much that I want to keep up natural motherhood. Everybody but the Silkies are free range and cooped at night.

    I am interested in getting better quality chickens and though I don't understand alot about genetics, I am very interested in learning and experimenting.

    Other animals include 8 cats and 5 dogs and 5 ducks. I'm going into goats within the next few months. I've got a Kiko buck waiting for me in Pa. I want to start with a small herd of larger sized dairy/meat goats for scrub control and then see what happens. I've got a Gr. Pyrenees, but he's been away from goats a long time, so, don't know if he will be a dependable guardian. I'm thinking of getting a donkey.

    I work in health care for a nursing home that specializes in Alzheimer's and other dementias. I love my job but, it really takes alot out of me. The animals help me recharge.
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Nothing like sitting with your poultry,It makes a bad day good!
  3. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
    [​IMG] from Northern Missouri!
  4. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    McIntosh County, OK
    We are transplants from NE Missouri, Kirksville, Mo area to Oklahoma. Nothing like living the country life after being in a very populated area in Florida on the Coast. WAY TOO POPULATED.

    I know what you mean about the animals. I make the rounds every day, quail, horses, chickens, goats and dogs. Love them all.

    Just sitting with my hen and her new chicks makes a new woman out of me.

    We worked in a very stressful occupation in Florida, building houses for rich folks, and dealing with the many layers of Government, all administered by certified idiots.

    We love our life now, nothing fancy, but in the middle of 360 acres, and 10 minutes from town.

  5. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Hi Dale-Ann! [​IMG] from S. Florida! Its great to have you here with us!
  6. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
  7. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    [​IMG] from UT!
  8. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2007
    St.Charles, QC
  9. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    [​IMG] from WI
  10. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC from The Pampered Pullets Farm in North Central Florida.

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