Not new, but new

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Greggs, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Greggs

    Greggs Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2015
    Hi Everyone,
    My name is Christine and I am from a tiny town in central Illinois. I'm not new, but I was an external user for sometime. I posted an article Blood on the eggs- a primer in Chicken vent anatomy and common injury a while back because I had gotten curious about some of the vague answers new chicken parents get about this common phenomenon.

    My chicken adventure began with my then 8 year old who was very worried about my diagnosis of SLE Lupus and read a lot about triggers that made mommy sick. I was often subject to a flare up after eating chicken or eggs. The precocious child that he was did some digging and learned that it might be the chicken feed, not so much the chicken itself that was triggering me.

    He then set out on a campaign to raise our own chickens. My husband was not keen, but my son's enthusiasm was contagious and won out. Then even though we live in a tiny country town he learned that chickens were outlawed in town. So, now age 9, he made a presentation to the town council and went to meetings for 4 months until they finally agreed and passed the Chicken and Rabbit Ordinance in 2014.

    So my flock of ladies, a barred rock "Dumpling", a black australorp "Noodles", a rhode island red "Hot Wings", a buff rock "Parmesan" and 3 New Hampshire "Peep, Fingers and Salad" now live in our back yard and keep me company with my coffee each morning. We aren't permitted to range, but I keep expanding their run, so they've got nearly a quarter acre enclosure at this point. They produce up to 3 dozen eggs a week in the summer, and 6-12 a week last winter. They are all named after food "in case it doesn't work out." We also raise 1-2 birds for meat each year. This year both "Teriyaki" and "Barbecue" our Cornish Crosses were celebrated feasts.

    We feed them our own mix. It turns out whole organic bulk foods cost about the same as layer feed and this year I farmed for them and the family, producing about 1/4 of their food in our own backyard.

    I'm not crunchy about the whole thing, and not religious about rules, but I can say that by keeping their diet myself I have been able to enjoy eggs and chicken meat without flare up.

    Nice to meet you all.
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  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright Christine, [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Christine. Glad you decided to join our flock. Raising chickens is a wonderful experience for children. :eek:) If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  4. Greggs

    Greggs Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2015
    alright, how'd you add the little gifs ? That's cute.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2015
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hi Christine, [​IMG]

    That's some great boy you have there!

    The gifs are in the open windows where you type your message. At the top you'll see things like size, bold, Italics, etc. You get to the gifs by clicking on the smiley face. Go ahead and try it!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You have a very bright and intuitive son and it has certainly paid off for you. Welcome to Backyard chickens., glad you are able to enjoy them.
  7. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2015
    Hi Christine! [​IMG]
  8. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

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