Starting over in Wyoming

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sjrogers, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. sjrogers

    sjrogers Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2013
    Hello all. My name is Sarah. By day, I'm a forensic psychologist. The rest of the time, I'm mama to five kiddos and three step-kiddos, five of whom are grown (two and a half have flown the coop), a nine-year old Shar-pei Lab mix named Honey and new babies that I'll describe shortly. We recently relocated from Texas to Wyoming.

    I grew up with chickens. As a tiny girl, I was terrified by Grandma's rooster who chased me. He was much taller than me, as I remember. Then, we had bantam roosters who chased my mom and me, but not my brother or dad. All throughout high school, I had to carry 5-gallon buckets of water to the chicken houses every day, which I hated (I still have incredible biceps to show for it!) I swore I would never have anything to do with chickens as long as I lived.

    Somehow, chickens, like gardening, got into my blood. Gardening happened first. We lived way out in the country away from town, and my parents forced me to pull weeds in my mother's impossibly huge garden to earn money for the fair (the only chance I had all summer to see friends). I swore I would never have anything to do with dirt or plants as long as I lived. That lasted until I got married. I had a curious burning desire to grow a tomato plant on the balcony of our city apartment. My husband at the time thought I was crazy. Sadly, we were mismatched because his dream was to live and work in Manhattan -- I wanted to live in the woods. We compromised on the suburbs. From then on, I grew something, up to and including an amazing impossibly huge garden.

    About 10 years ago, we moved for my internship, and I suddenly got afflicted with the chicken bug. I built chicken tractors next to my garden, and the rest was history. I acquired every chicken book available, appeased my neighbors with eggs, fudged the city ordinance by maintaining my mother-in-law apartment qualified me for another household's worth of chickens. Somehow, I never came across this site. I converted many of my friends and coworkers to become chicken parents. Sadly, I had to rehome my flock when we moved.

    Anyway, the happy news about springtime, resurrection, new life, new starts (I remarried last year April 26): I have nine new babies! Francesca (Light Brahma); Oregano (Black Sex Link); Chirpaderp (Ancona); Primrose (Buff Orpington); Cindy (New Hampshire); Glozell (Black Cochin); Jellybean (Golden Sex-Link); Emma (Black Jersey Giant); and Coco (Blue Laced Red Wyandotte).

    I look forward to getting to know folks here and sharing news and adventures and most of all, love for these amazing creatures.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Sarah, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! Happy you were able to get chickens again. You sound like you have a very interesting life - from your career, to your kids, and now to your chickens. Plus you live in a beautiful state!! Good luck to you and enjoy those birds...great names, btw!! [​IMG]
  4. sjrogers

    sjrogers Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2013
    Thank you! Can't take personal credit for the names (except Primrose whom I named based on her color). The kids and husband named them. Funny how chickens, like humans, grow into their names. Even at a little over a week old, the little cuties are showing their personalities. Francesca is trying to rule the roost by pushing everyone away from the feeder. Emma is gentle and defers to the others. Chirpaderp provides comic relief. Jellybean is just as cute as a...well....jelllybean. Oregano is a spicy little thing. Glozell is a diva. Cindy gets along with everyone. Coco (I think Mallory who named her meant for it to be Cocoa) is the youngest and is finding her way. Primrose is quiet and unassuming, but pretty like a flower.
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    What a great story - hope the new husband is more farm-friendly!
  6. sjrogers

    sjrogers Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2013
    Absolutely! For being a city guy, he is excited about planning/building a coop for us. Being a life-long Texan, he was just excited to get the heck out of Texas. Funny, my dad was a Texas as well who felt the same way.
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from New Mexico!

    I think once you have been chased by a rooster as a child, at that point you become hooked on chickens! LOL I was chased by a mean Leghorn Rooster as a child and I never forgot that. Of course when I got my chicks a few years ago, the idea of having a rooster in the bunch terrified me. LOL Thankfully they were all hens!!

    Enjoy BYC!

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

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