Ended Official BYC Mini Contest - What is Your Hobby?

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This is a RANDOM Winner Contest...
Post up to 3 of your Hobbies and your name will be entered up to 3 times for the final drawing for a chance to win 1 of 5 (that's right, FIVE)
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The rules:

1. All entries must be submitted as replies to this thread,
2. Only 3 Hobby Entries per member, PLEASE NUMBER YOUR ENTRIES!
3. Please add a short description with your IMAGES IN YOUR POSTS, examples....
  • What is is that you love about this hobby?
  • When do you do the Hobby?
  • What sacrifices do you make to be able to practice your hobby?
  • Are you an amateur? An adept? An expert?
  • Are you lucky enough that this hobby is part of your job/income?
These are just examples of how to create your post, you don´t have to talk about all of them and you can add other things you want, those are just a few guidelines in case you don´t know how to make your post!

SO ENTER UP TO 3 HOBBIES for a chance to win 1 of 5 (that's right, FIVE)
2020 BYC Calendars!

Note: We will use a random number generator to select our winners for this Contest.


Entries will be accepted until and including the 9th of December.
 

FortCluck

Hatch-a-Long Queen
Sep 9, 2019
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Central Virginia
A lot of people who know me know that I really love cooking and I find a really huge stress relief and cooking. I am a mom of two children and a wife. I am 100% plant-based, but my family is not so everyday for dinner I cook a plant-based meal and a meat eater's meal.

I don't really take away any time to do this because my family is usually around when I am cooking because they are either grabbing food as I'm cooking it or they are waiting for food.

I would call myself an expert even though I don't have all the cooking techniques that chefs would have. I can usually turn any recipe into my own by tweaking it a little bit.

This hobby is not my job, but I have made party platters and things for parties for people.

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HomesteaderWife

Crowing
5 Years
Apr 24, 2015
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Entry #1 - Tanning Hides
I've been tanning hides for the past 5 years, with 3 years being very productful after a period of learning. It may sound odd, but I consider it respectful to the animals when the hides are tanned by reducing waste. In particular, we pick up unwanted hides from processors and hunters because they are normally considered waste and tossed/buried. The hides are then tanned and essentially given new life by display or crafting (we've made mittens, hand muffs, quivers, stockings, walking stick handles). We also make buckskin every so often.

It's a very seasonal thing- only in Fall/Winter seasons when hunting and trapping is open. It requires a small monetary investment, but alot of time and effort. I'd say the hardest part is the fleshing and stretching. I'm not a beginner, but no expert either. However, I am proud to say I've tanned probably a good 20 squirrels, a handful of rabbits and raccoons, and close to 35+ deer hides I'd guess? I am lucky to say it has provided income by selling tanned deer hides (legally in the state you can sell finished, tanned hides).

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FortCluck

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Another hobby that I have is raising chicks. I just started incubation in October and I have completely fallen in love with taking my own fertile eggs and hatching my own chicks!

I don't really have to take any time away from family or anything doing this because our chickens are right in the backyard.

I would say that I am an expert chick raiser, but I am not an expert chick hatcher!

Hatching our own chicks has been providing some income due to a selling some of them and I am hoping that we can get more income from it come springtime when we have POL pullets. Our fertile eggs provide income as well for eating and hatching.

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FortCluck

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And my third hobby would be dog grooming. Before I stopped working due to medical issues, I worked for a veterinarian as a vet tech and I was also a groomer.

My husband bought me this puppy her name is Jolene. She's a dog that requires maintenance all the time with her hair. I groom her every 3-4 weeks.

When I have to groom this dog it takes me probably 2 to 3 hours and I have to be away from everyone usually locking us in the bathroom or working outside. She can't have any distractions while I am doing her grooming because if she sees distractions she gets out of hand.

I would consider myself an expert at this because I have done it for a very long time. I groom my mom's dogs as well and I have also groomed stray dogs before returning them to their owners or bringing them to animal control. I don't mess with the dog's hair obviously but if they have mats or fleas or ticks or anything I take care of that.

I should charge people for helping them groom their dogs or what not, but I just do it out of the kindness of my heart.

Here's Jolene getting groomed...

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N F C

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Dec 12, 2013
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And my third hobby would be dog grooming. Before I stopped working due to medical issues, I worked for a veterinarian as a vet tech and I was also a groomer.

My husband bought me this puppy her name is Jolene. She's a dog that requires maintenance all the time with her hair. I groom her every 3-4 weeks.

When I have to groom this dog it takes me probably 2 to 3 hours and I have to be away from everyone usually locking us in the bathroom or working outside. She can't have any distractions while I am doing her grooming because if she sees distractions she gets out of hand.

I would consider myself an expert at this because I have done it for a very long time. I groom my mom's dogs as well and I have also groomed stray dogs before returning them to their owners or bringing them to animal control. I don't mess with the dog's hair obviously but if they have mats or fleas or ticks or anything I take care of that.

I should charge people for helping them groom their dogs or what not, but I just do it out of the kindness of my heart.

Here's Jolene getting groomed...

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Jolene is adorable FC :love
 

FortCluck

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Sep 9, 2019
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Central Virginia
Jolene is adorable FC :love
You want her? :lau We call her a purple minion because sometimes she can be very sweet, but sometimes she is the most evil thing that I ever did see!

She wasn't the runt of her litter and had very stumpy legs. She definitely grew out of the stumpy legs! She's so energetic and I think she gets that from the Jack Russell side.
 

N F C

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You want her? :lau We call her a purple minion because sometimes she can be very sweet, but sometimes she is the most evil thing that I ever did see!

She wasn't the runt of her litter and had very stumpy legs. She definitely grew out of the stumpy legs! She's so energetic and I think she gets that from the Jack Russell side.

Thanks, but I'll admire her from afar. My 3 house cats would leave me if I brought a dog into the family. :p
 

HomesteaderWife

Crowing
5 Years
Apr 24, 2015
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Alabama
Entry #2 - Photography
I've enjoyed photography from a very young age, and I've got probably 8 USB thumb-drives full of photos I've taken over time. I believe that photos capture memories and important, magnificent things. It's a way to preserve family time, and capture wildlife at their finest. In particular, I've been photographing hummingbirds in the past two years as a way to honor my late Grandmother and her love for them.

When photographing wildlife, it requires patience. I don't have a fancy camera, but I love the one I have because my husband gave it to me! I still consider myself a beginner with much to learn. I've sold a very small amount via stock image websites, and have yet to ever win a photo contest, but I keep trying!

My favorite thing to photograph outside of hummingbirds is old, abandoned chimneys and barns. I do this because it requires a moment to stop and think- who lived here? How special was this place to them? What is the history of this land? It's a way to preserve forgotten places.

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