Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by de kippendame, May 26, 2011.

  1. de kippendame

    de kippendame In the Brooder

    May 26, 2011
    South Central IA
    Hi all! I've been poking around BYC for the last couple of months gathering some of the immense knowledge all you pros have to offer!! I am new to chickens, though last year we had three ducks. Being new at duck rearing and uneducated to say the least(my thinking was, "how hard is it to raise a few birds?")[​IMG] we ended up loosing them to either a pesky owl or a lazy raccoon. Whoever did it left much evidence...leaving Mom and Dad to clean up a homicide scene before the kids went out to visit their duckies![​IMG]

    Anyways, I am determined to NOT be such a goon this time around and gather as much possible information on chicken raising as I possibly can! I've read tons of books and researched for hours on the internet! I have found that BYC is where I keep going to get my cyber-info so I decided it was time to become a member!

    Our 26 chicks are due to hatch at the hatchery the week of June 6. We are getting a mix of egg layers, 2 White Wyandottes, 3 Columbian Wy., 2 Silver Laced Wy., 4 Red Stars, 3 Black Stars, 2 Partridge Rocks, 2 Barred Rocks, 2 White Rocks, 3 RIR, and 2 Blue Laced Red Wyandottes are straight run and our free exotic will also be unsexed. Whew! I was origionally thinking about 6, but, DH has a "go big or go home" mentality and we do have the space! So I ordered from Murray McMurray with a 25 chick min. + 1 free exotic!

    We live in rural south central Iowa and love it! Born and raised. I grew up on a farm, DH spent most of his days with his grandpa workin' on the farm. We live in the country, however we do not have a "working farm"...currently that is. Our nieghbors rent our pasture and have cows that the kids love to visit and share empty corn cobs with! They also have sheep that we visit when its "lamb season".

    We have 3 young sons that are 7 1/2, 5 1/2, and 2 years old. They LOVE that they have all the room they could possibly want to play outside! When they are old enough I'm sure they will be involved w/ 4H, etc. We think that it is important to get kids involved with pet ownership. We have one inside dog, 2 outside (hunting) dogs, 2 outside cats and 3 new little baby kittens. The boys are pretty excited about adding chickens to our lives!

    I am a crafter by heart, scrapbooking, cross-stitch, crochet... When the boys don't have me busy with their ball games and boo boos, I try to work some play time in for Mama![​IMG]

    I'm looking forward to being a part of this community and being a chicken lady! I think my addiction is already starting!
  2. draye

    draye Crowing

    Nov 30, 2010
    Welcome, from Arkansas.
  3. clarkechick

    clarkechick Songster

    May 24, 2011
    Welcome! I am new to BYC myself - starting my first flock of 3 this week! I am hoping to avoid predator issues as I am NOT going to handle homicide clean up very well. Best of luck to you. The folks here have been great and responsive to all of my questions.

    Good luck from Vermont![​IMG]
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG]
  6. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    [​IMG] from Indiana!!!!!! [​IMG]
  7. Chicka-boom Chicka-boom

    Chicka-boom Chicka-boom Chirping

    May 14, 2011
    [​IMG] Hello [​IMG]
    Well you might be new to BYC but it sounds like you have lots of "sperience" [​IMG] I am new to raising hens and have never lived on a farm so I am hoping and praying [​IMG] that I never have to wake up to a homicide scene [​IMG]. That's one of my top concerns as DH builds the chicken coop - it must be predator proof (as much as possible). Sounds like your sons are growing up in an ideal place! [​IMG] Enjoy your farm!
  8. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  9. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    [​IMG] Good luck with all your new chicks everyone. [​IMG]
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama.

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