Old Chicken Farmer learning new tricks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bookdad, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. bookdad

    bookdad In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2019
    I was 15 when introduced to raising chickens by believe it or not a biology teacher. That was 48 Years ago! She thought it would be a great thing for city kids to learn to raise and care for a small animal. I hatched the egg by keeping it in my shirt pocket during the day and close to me at night. It hatched in my pocket at school. I cared for it until it was almost laying size and a neighbors dog got her. I was heartbroken.

    Since then Ive been all over the country and raised chickens in California, New Mexico, Alabama, and Utah. Each place has had its challenges. I have settled in northern Utah and have 18 hens. Ive raised many kinds. so far my favorites are barred rocks because they are so gentle and friendly. I will be digging in the yard and they will run over and get right in the hole I'm digging. they let me pet and pick them up and they are good layers. I have brown leghorns blue laced red wyandotes buff orfingtons, road island reds, barred rocks, and red sex link.

    I love the companionship and the antics. I love seeing them play chicken foot ball with a huge night crawler or other prize.
    I am an avid gardener and have an organic raised bed large garden ( a little smaller than a truck patch) I am devoutly religious.

    I am an electronics engineer and have been married 42 years. I have 8 children and 18 grand children.

    I found BYC while looking for a solution to the swamp my poor chickens are in during the fall and winter months. I have found wonderful and practical ideas some of which I will use. I am building an entirely new chicken house and run as a result.

    Some tips I have: rodents: use the good nature A24 rat trap, Egg eaters: build roll away nest boxes, you cant beat them- cheap: use paint pans and out door carpet, expensive use Best nest boxes, diet: add some greens once a week and dried meal worms. I feed them lawn clippings when I mow in the summer (organic). I will be posting how my new coop and run proceed.
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  2. Melky

    Melky Spring has sprung!

    Jul 23, 2018
    Edgewood, KY
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!​
  3. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
  4. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Happy :ya to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC!

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
  5. Perris

    Perris Crowing

    Jan 28, 2018
    Gower, Wales
    hello @bookdad ! welcome to BYC :frow
    I have sometimes wondered if it is possible to incubate an egg by keeping it in one's clothing/next to one's skin, so thanks for your encouraging story (though very sad to hear that her life was cut short by a dog; it must have been awful for you after such a fantastic start).
  6. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Addict

    Aug 20, 2015
    Smith County, TN
    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you decided to join us:ya
  7. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    Welcome to our FUN-omenal Community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of FUN! :wee
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  8. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful

    Apr 11, 2010
    WELCOME! Where in Utah? I'm in Central Utah. Spanish Fork.
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  9. luckychick105

    luckychick105 Songster

    May 4, 2017
    Hi and :welcome,
    glad you joined our flock here at BYC and I hope that you find any information that you might be looking for, now or in the future!
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  10. Cadence A Waller

    Cadence A Waller Crowing

    Feb 5, 2019
    Welcome to BYC!
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