The newest urban farmer on the block!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Shanijoyous, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. Shanijoyous

    Shanijoyous New Egg

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    Hi! I'm Toya and I currently own two Plymouth Barred Rock hens named Pastry and Dumpling. The General lost his life protecting his ladies from a hawk. I became interested in raising chickens while on a field trip with my daughter. The owners of the park had two Jersey Giants to control the bugs. I was fascinated because we have (had) a problem with black widows. I spent the day looking at the ground and kicking the mulch, determined to find some multi-legged menace crawling around; but I did not find any. Those chickens had done their jobs marvelously! Like the park owners, I didn't want to use pesticides in my yard, but I want my daughters to be able to play outside without getting bit by a spider. So I came home and told my husband that I wanted to raise chickens, and the rest is history!

    I love my birds! They are so much fun, and the benefits of keeping them are endless. They motivate me to go outside and do yard work, they help activate my compost pile, and I even watched them chase a baby snake out of our yard! This is the first year that I have not seen any widows in or around my house (I've only seen one earwig). I love my birds, I will always raise chickens. I can't imagine looking out of my window and not seeing them out there![​IMG]
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] So glad you joined us. Love the names Pastry and Dumpling.

    So sorry about your loss of The General.

    Bet they ate the snake if it was small.

    You have come to the right place to join the Chicken Lovers...

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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC, Toya. Glad you decided to our flock. I love the name of your chickens. My granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) names our hens after Disney princesses. Raising chickens is a wonderful experience for children, and chickens definitely help cut down on the number of bugs. :eek:) Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC.[​IMG] I'm glad you joined our wonderful community!

    I love the names of your birds! I'm sorry you lost the General.[​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sorry you lost the General protecting his girls. He was a General AND a Gentleman
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your roo :hugs
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry about General![​IMG]Sounds like he was a great roo!
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    Good luck with your chickens! I'm sorry about the General. [​IMG]
     
  10. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    [​IMG]Welocme to BYC!!! It is an aweosme forum (the BEST in the world) and has a great comminity!!! Hope you have a great time and learn A LOT!
     

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