On our way to self sufficiency in IL

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by livinthedream, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. livinthedream

    livinthedream New Egg

    Aug 23, 2010
    Hello everyone, my name is Bren. I am married with 2 children. I am now a SAH mom. My son is 4 and just started Pre-K and my daughter is 2 and well, she has started really acting it.[​IMG]
    Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful site. I have learned so much that I thought I better just join.
    After a long bumpy road we are realizing one of our biggest dreams. We purchased a old farmhouse with some land out in the middle of nowhere. Everything needs a lot of work and we are working our butts off and will be for a long time. We have broken our lists down to what has to be done before winter and that is how we determine if we get to sleep at night or not. lol

    We are new to owning chickens. We started this June with 30 hens and 1 rooster. I am pretty sure they are all crosses. They came from an Amish farm and we were told they were dual purpose birds. I think the hens are mainly RIR, the rooster may be pure Barred Rock. Really dont know enough about different breeds to know for sure. After some very hard lessons and a friendly sale we now have 24 hens and Jim the rooster. We constructed a coop out of a corner barn stall and the chickens are allowed to free range all day on top of their feed. They are now laying around 7 large/jumbo brown eggs a day. It seems a new chicken starts laying every couple days so we are hoping they will all be laying soon. I am really surprised that the eggs are soo big.

    In addition to the chickens we have a big Labradoodle dog, 1 house cat, 10 barn cats (that my son keeps letting in the house..arggh), Californian and Mini Rex rabbits, a LaMancha doe and a LaMancha/Alpine doeling and 1 honeybee hive.

    Our goal is to become self sufficient. We have always had a vegetable garden but this year it has taken a back seat to the animals, kids and home renovation. Its a daily wade through the weeds and try to find a treasure. [​IMG]

    Its great to be here and I look forward to getting to know everyone.
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Greetings from Tucson, AZ and [​IMG] Good luck for self-sufficiency. Good luck with the terrible-twos too!
  3. CoupeDeVille

    CoupeDeVille Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 2, 2010
    New Hartford, Ct.
    Hi Bren !! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
  4. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    [​IMG] from Oklahoma! You have a chosen a difficult and very rewarding path - best of luck with all your endeavors!
  5. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas sized [​IMG]
  6. livinthedream

    livinthedream New Egg

    Aug 23, 2010
    Thanks everyone! Gonna need a little luck. So far it has been fun and rewarding!
  7. tobin123

    tobin123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2009
    [​IMG] and hello from Indiana
  8. bella1210

    bella1210 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    [​IMG] from ct
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Welcome to BYC....check out your link at the bottom of each page for the self-sufficiency sister site, you may enjoy exchanging ideas with those folks. Lots to learn and share there! [​IMG]
  10. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Ohio - Chickens 3yrs

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