NMI - Old farm girl; new location

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tattudenerd, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. tattudenerd

    tattudenerd New Egg

    Mar 4, 2015
    Hello - I was raised on a farm where we had chickens, beef cattle (does 2 a year count as "cattle"?), show horses, pigs and room to roam.

    Now I am a housewife in cracker-box suburbia. The great thing is that our city allows chickens! So I got 2 to start (the two ladies you see in my profile pic) and we get 2 eggs a day (Barred Rock and Austrolop aka Bossy-Pants and The Black One).

    I lovingly refer to them as my feathered pigs. I have a compost can on our counter, and we are now throwing most of it out to the girls. [​IMG] They love it of course! I am eagerly awaiting my chicks for this spring, and the abundance of eggs and selling them to the neighbors. My daughter wants to put up "mug shots" under our sign...Fresh Eggs Courtesy of: (pictures of ladies below the sign)

    What I am really excited about is when my kids graduate from school next year and we get to move to a larger piece of property where I can have two coops. One coop for eggs and the second for brooders (with a rooster). We are going to have goats too.

    What has been interesting about this whole thing, is trying to spend as little money as possible on various things, like a coop. When we first got the girls, we went completely red-neck and their "coop" was a dog-loo I got at a garage sale for $10 and the dog run on the side of our house that we are renting. Once we realized that chickens were for us, I found a coop on Craigslist from people getting out of chickens and they were happy to just get rid of it. FOR FREE! If I would just take it off their hands. So being the "helper" that I am...I took it.

    As for their run...we usher them through the house on occasion and let them run in the back yard. I am also getting ready to put up fencing around my front yard to enlarge their area. I have the metal poles you need a pounder for, so that I can take them with us when we move.

    That's it for now. So I guess technically we have "front yard chickens." I hope that won't be an issue here on Back Yard Chickens.

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  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the flock. I love your daughter's idea of putting up mug shots of the hens responsible for the eggs you will sell. Great PR.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. Black Australorps are my favorite standard breed. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds), and they are extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children and granddaughter made lap pets of them), and excellent layers of large brown eggs. I like Barred Rocks too. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! You sound just like my kind of person collecting free stuff, I too am the same and have got many things for free that have been very useful. Love the mug shot idea great marketing there. Good luck with your new chicks in the spring, I love raising chicks it's very rewarding plus they are super cute.

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat, everyone very friendly :frow
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2015
  6. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    x2 on everything @Yorkshire coop said. You'll find a lot of helpful, friendly members here who really enjoy their birds.

    Nice to have you join us!
  7. ChristieB

    ChristieB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2014
    Hi! Welcome, I have front yard chickens too! I have 2 dogs in my backyard so it's not safe for my girls.
  8. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
  9. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
    BYC? Epic <3
    My Coop
    [​IMG]Welocme to BYC!!! It is an aweosme forum (the BEST in the world) and has a great comminity!!! Hopr you have a great time and learn A LOT!
  10. ScenicViews

    ScenicViews Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2015
    King, NC
    Welcome! I love it here![​IMG]

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