Self sufficient? Not yet....

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Back2MyRoots, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Back2MyRoots

    Back2MyRoots Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    Auburn, Alabama
    I am hopelessly trying to live a little more like my grandparents did. They gardened and raised chickens and were much more self sufficient than I could ever hope to be! I have a raised garden bed that (amazingly enough) is thriving. And as of one week ago, I have 4 lovely golden comet chicks (meant for eggs only---I could never eat them). They are precious, and I am already in love with the little darlings. I suppose what scares me most is what I keep reading about how on average, you should buy twice as many chicks as you want chickens because at least half of them are likely to die before they reach adulthood. I am so out of my element. I have no idea what I'm doing. So far, they seem to be growing and thriving and eating and pooping like crazy! But who knows, right? I have been reading just everything I can on line to hopefully manage to keep them alive. That's how I came across BYC. I have literally read articles and blogs everyday. And I can't tell you how much stuff I have pinned to my Pinterest page! I'm sure all my friends think I've gone chicken crazy. Though, I honestly don't mind. :) I am so excited to be joining your group and hope y'all don't mind if I ask a million stupid questions! Thanks so much for all the info I have already gotten from the page. Can't tell you how much I appreciate it!
  2. mong7769

    mong7769 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2012
    North Olmsted, Ohio
    I too am on your same mission. This is a great place for answers. My chicks are currently 2 weeks old and seem to be pretty hardy. Only lost one and I think the stock is a little wonky on that one because the surviving chick from that breed is a little 'special'.

    I have built a hoop house for gardening year round, we are working on the 'egg' chickens and if I can find a processor next spring we are going to raise some meat chickens.

    Good luck and I look forward to seeing how your journey goes!

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  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. :thumbsup
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Ohio - Chickens 3yrs
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  8. Back2MyRoots

    Back2MyRoots Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    Auburn, Alabama
    What part of Bama? We are just north of Auburn. We have a couple of great feed & seed places around that are helping me with this crazy little journey I've decided to strike out on. I am always on the look out for good local owned places. I avoid the bigger chain stores as much as possible.
  9. slawson

    slawson New Egg

    Apr 2, 2012
    Hi! I'm new to chicken tending (had my girls for about a year now) but so many questions and I've always turned to this website for answers. anyway, we started with chickens in an attempt to know our food sources. I've always had a large garden and this year I can't wait to see how the girls like weeding with me! Last year they were a bit too interested in helping themselves to the tomatoes! People at work think I've gone off the deep end...but chickens can be so ****** funny! they crack me up everyday! And I love the eggs!!! yummy! gone are the days of Denny's breakfasts, after eating my own chickens eggs nothing store bought comes close!
  10. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA

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