hey Y'all, I have been on BYC for Years , but left it while I was in the military, and forgot my log in and password. ! Since I am out on my own, and now living several states away, I figured I would just start fresh with this flock. I am a farmers daughter, and a military brat, I left home to fight for my country, came back with PTSD. for the love of a little girl and a man( daughter and husband), I took on as caretaker of his family farm, several states over from my parents. I built a one stall barn, from the ground up, and brought my mare to live with me. i took a trip to visit my parents during hatching time my favorite time of year. my mom is a big time breeder. hundreds in the flock several breeds and mixes. so i never got attached. hatching time dozens and dozens of fluffy cottonball babies everywhere. cheep cheep. peep peep. one just couldn't finish the hatch. but he was still alive. my mom said he was too far gone. but, i stepped in anyway. i peeled away the bits of shell and got a warm wet cloth and cleaned up the little guy. he was so small and weak. i had my doubts. but i didn't give up on him. i stuck him into the tub with the others under the light. he had a little white patch on his head and the rest of him was black as night. when he was dry the black fluff was slick and glossy and the white stuck out in every direction and a name was formed on sight. i would call him Einstein. this one was coming home with me. and so my love of chickens began. just look at him now. since Einstein i have aquired six red rock layers- Holly, Hilda, Mabel, Lacy, Tootsie, Georgia. easter egger/bantam- james my diva male with his dark rainbow , and jinx my sweet shy girl. silkies- cotton my white rooster calm and kind, and sunny my cuddly black hen. and a cochin frizzle rooster named frazzle these are my prize winning birds. and others that got eaten or died from escaping into inclimate weather. i have a dog, a cat, a gerbil, fish, and breeder bunnies. it's chick days again. i hope to get new chicks when i go inland to see my parents. this is my chicken tractor, that awful looking, tarped contraption behind it is my winterized rabbit run. front view: the building and rails you see in the background is my horse shed and paddock, pasture is detatched. rear view: meet the characters who live there. my two silkies and my frizzle they are very grown up now. full bearded, ten toed white silky roo Cotton ten toed black silky hen Sunny Red Breasted rosecomb Banty hen jinx Old english Game banty roo james the black you see is sapphire and eggplant purple james -his tail is teal/black emerald/black Red Betty hens: full sized layers Mabel, Lacy, Holly, Hilda, tootsie, Georgia my camera is just not doing justice for these red beauties if you care enough to notice all your birds have different combs. it makes them easy to identify. tootsie Hilda Mabel Holly Georgia Lacy Einstein is a full sized phoenix cross Einstein my newest additions. Seabright Banty Speckled Sussex banty roo Speckled Sussex Banty hen California White Banty- will update sex full size Buff Orpington- will update sex Lavender Silky/Buff Cochin cross hen this is my horse shed I am fixing to build a 60' x 100' barn with a personal indoor riding arena, then it's game on. I can't wait to start building! plus 1 AQHA bay mare you can see my soybeans beyond the pasture 1dog, this is my rabbit run in fair weather. i move it often to discourage successful digging escapes. throw down some hay, move in the hutches, and voila. this is jack the doe Cinnamon Toast 1 cat, sorry no photos, she's always hunting, will try harder to get a photo. 8 fish, in two tanks 1-150 gallon 1-50 gallon 1 gerbil, refused to wake up for photographs. I have a 40' x 80' barn, the residents of which, I will hardly ever talk about. they are my sale animals, not my personal flock. the medical hold, quarantine, treatment area for all my animals is in here. I think it's better stocked than my vets office. lol. he hardly ever has to come out, and when he does, he doesn't bring anything out with him, making it a much faster response time. edited to reflect breeds and correct spelling errors.