Old guy 1959 - New member 2017

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bird Mimic, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. Bird Mimic

    Bird Mimic Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2017
    Anaheim - California
    Born in Buena Park, CA, I've seen chickens since birth.

    Besides my parents raising 8 kids, (me in the middle) they started first raising chickens.
    My dad started out by purchasing 12 chicks.
    By the time I was 6 years old, we had 300+
    They were everywhere!

    One day during this time, my Mom told my Dad; "It's me or the chickens, but one's got to go!"

    Knott's Berry Farm was 2 blocks away from our house
    Mind you, Knott's really didn't have many animals outside of their; "Old McDonald's Farm" attraction within the park..
    They didn't even have a fence around the place at this time.
    It was wide open spaces.

    We made 15 trips in our Buick Station Wagon, loaded to the max with chickens, to the far side of Knott's that had the Ferry Boat, Kiddy Train, Merry-Go-Round, and Jungle Island.
    You might say; We stocked Knott's Berry Farm with Chickens.
    After about a week of clean up, my Mom was happy.

    Since then, as a teenager, I tried my luck at raising chickens.
    A neighbor kid, and I went to knott's and captured a clutch of newly hatching chicks.
    He held the Mad Mama, while I placed the chicks in a box, we even helped a few with the hatching,
    (we didn't know any better).
    All the chicks were kept at his house, (my Mom would kill me) and we raised them on whatever we could get,
    ie; mash, pigeon, parakeet, wild bird seed, table scraps, bread crumbs, etc.

    They all lived and grew well, despite living in a open pen, with only a piece of plywood in the corner for shade.
    No lights, no boxes or perches, just a turned over trashcan lid for water on dirt and grass. (we kept that pretty clean)

    We called them "Piranha Chickens", because what ever was thrown into that pen, was torn apart and devoured by them.
    Much the same results as you would have in a pigsty.

    Once they caught and ate a garter snake, and another time an alligator lizard. (who knows what else we didn't witness)
    As a pack, they would chase cats and dogs that wondered into the yard.
    On one occasion, while walking through the yard as we came back from fishing, an 8 inch Bluegill Bass jumped out of our fishing bucket, and within seconds, it was theirs!
    Eventually we gave two away to friends who admired them, and took the rest back to Knott's (they were Thug Chickens).

    I've been into animals my whole life.(on my 5th Birthday I got a snake)
    I'm a Herpetologist, and trained throughout school to become a Veterinarian, but by choice, never became one.
    I've cared for many animals, some extremely exotic, rare, and unusual, ie. Alligator, Cougar, Horn-bill, several monkeys, Poisonous and non poisonous snakes, most reptiles and amphibians, fish, African Lion, farm animals, etc.

    At the moment I am keeping, as part of our family pets, a hybrid Camelot Macaw, a parakeet, a ball python.
    The back yard is patrolled by 4 box turtles, 5 Russian tortoises and a red eared slider.(all have names)

    This micro-eco-system I've created here attracts; Raccoon , squirrel, rat, opossum, rabbit, hawk, falcon, egret, owl, dove finch, hummingbird, lizards, cats. (Sparrows, gulls and crows don't hang out?)

    I'm Joining to get ready to start raising chickens again.
    This time I want to do it right.
    Learning from current breeders, with their first hand accounts of information, and connections to quality stock, is what I hope to gain by being a BYC member.

    And if there's anything I can do for others here, just ask, I'm willing to do whatever I can for you.

    I'm interested in raising pure breeds, for all purposes.

    I want to start small, yet with large breeds

    Brahmas are definitely #1 on my list. [Beautiful, majestic, eggs, meat, quiet, friendly, desired for pets),
    IMO, this breed is all around great.
    I'm looking for the largest Brahmas that breeders may have to offer.
    Size will determine the color phase I choose.
    Favorites are Dark, Light, Golden partridge varieties.

    #2; I'm also trying to learn more about the tallest chickens available, ie; Malay, Shamo, Saipan, (etc?).
    I want a 3 ft+ dinosaur chicken,....LOL!
    I'm not sure what's available, or if a Long Tail Parrot Beak Aseel is in this category.(interestingly unique)

    My priority on these are in order;
    A. Tallest (3ft +)
    B. Heaviest of the tall ones (Shamo?)
    C. Friendliest (?)
    D. Price (low)

    This is my 1st step before moving forward on everything else.
    I need to determine exactly what I will be breeding in order to do it successfully.

    Thanks in advance , for any info. that BYC members can help me with.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2017
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you are getting back into the world of chickens again.

    I'd suggest using the search box to find threads on each of the breeds that you are interested in. If you are lucky, you may find some members interested in the same breeds nearby.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    All the best
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    You sound fun...enjoy those chickens!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Malays are the tallest. Learned that on BYC earlier this week, so didn't have enough time to forget it. Old gal 1947
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Bird Mimic [​IMG] Welcome!

    I thoroughly enjoyed your introduction .. thank you!

    Tee hee at “Thug Chickens”. We have tall chickens, they are called Emu’s [​IMG]

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  6. jonrobinson500

    jonrobinson500 Out Of The Brooder

    May 16, 2014
    Near Chichester, UK
    Good morning and welcome!
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for an interesting introduction. Best wishes with all your plans!
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! That was a great introduction - it sounds like you live a very interesting life. Best wishes to you and I hope you find the birds you seek! [​IMG]
  9. Bird Mimic

    Bird Mimic Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2017
    Anaheim - California
    Thank you all for the warm welcome, info. & advice.
    What a bunch of real nice people.
    Glad to be a part of BYC.
    CTKen; Thanks, Good suggestions, will do.
    Cynthia12; Very nice, thank you.
    drumbstick deva; Good to know. Thanks, I'll concentrate on them, and look into prices and their behavior.
    Teila; Thanks for the nice welcome. You cracked me up with the "tall chicken/Emu" comment. I contemplated breeding Emu at one time. Oh and the quote; "There's no snooze button on a chicken" - Funny - Am I the only one who likes that chicken feature - Time to get up people, daylight's wasting!
    I'll go check out your links;
    My Chicken Page & Teila's Tales from the Coop
    jonrobinson500; Good Morning to you too, - (afternoon now) - Thank you.
    N F C; Thank you very much.
    redsoxs; Hi, I'm glad to be here. - My life, you haven't even heard half of it. Thanks for the well wishing.
    Being here among all of you, make's me feel confident I will have a successful and pleasurable endeavor .
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2017
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  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and my warmest welcome to the flock! I am quite pleased you decided to join us, please pull up a chair and make yourself at home here! I hope you enjoy it here as much as I have! :frow


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