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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Wisher1000, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    I was searching for a thread that I could relate to. I noticed that the really active threads were the kids' threads. That's fine, but I really enjoy chatting with people my age (old.) Then I noticed the active state threads, but MY state's thread is hit or miss. I love the hatch-alongs and the swaps but those can be sporadic.

    I really wanted to find a thread where anything and everything (within BYC rules) can be thrown out and other middle aged folks could relax and enjoy each others company. I want to have a thread where we can keep up with old BYC friends, and make new ones.

    If that appeals to you, regardless of your age, please subscribe!
  2. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Those darn kids still won't keep off my lawn! [​IMG]
  3. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    I see you lurking there!

    Okay, lets start a discussion. I have 45 or so chickens and three guineas. I want everything else I see, goats, geese, llamas, donkeys. I am conflicted between my love of my animals and the concessions my family has to make for me to have them. There is the time I must devote to them, the money I spend that could be put elsewhere and the emotional attachment I develope. Is there anyone else who worries that they are not being fair to the rest of the clan?
  4. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    LOL! See what I mean.....
  5. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Well I am young so I will just post this last thing and leave your topic to the older variety of BYCers but I am with you. I have around 45 birds, 4 guineas, 3 turkeys, rest are chickens. It really can be a burden on two fronts. First of all it can be expensive feeding such a big flock, my birds go through nearly 100lbs/week on feed. Second is the responsibility factor, there's always got to be someone home to help our turkey with leg problems climb into the coop and then to lock them up at night.. heavy raccoons and coyotes in my area. It can really be a bummer when we want to go out to the bar or go down to the river at night... have to wait until bed time for my birds and in the summer it can be as late as 8:30.
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  6. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    Hey, Wisher! You and I haven't crossed paths in a while, I'm thinking. I'm sorry, I'm not feeling very chatty right now (I've got a headache, hoping it isn't a migraine). Just thought I'd say hi, anyway.
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  7. caspernc

    caspernc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Z town NC
    My kids think I'm replacing them with chickens and goats and such. Maybe I am, OH well. I come into the house when they are around. [​IMG]
    I have 30 chickens and only use around 100 pounds of food a month! What kind of food are you using? Better food lasts longer because they eat less.
  8. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Cupman- Don't get me wrong, I love kids, and I join in with some of the silly threads for fun (RIGHT, Bunnylady? [​IMG] ) I just wanted a place to come for something different. Please feel free to join us "old folks" here if you are looking for mature discussions. I can tell from your post that you are quite capable of that!

    I have the same issue when we take a vacation. I have to find someone to "birdy sit" and though I have wonderful neighbors who help, I realize it is alot to ask. This summer, I rehomed 24 birds in the two weeks prior to vacation to make it easier for the sitter. I gave away 24 keets that I would have loved to have kept. It was just too much, in my opinion, to ask of a non-bird person.
  9. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Hey, yourself Bunny! Yes, it has been a while. You know exactly why I am trying to start this thread up. That other thread where I met/got to know you was so much fun, and I really miss you and about 4 or 5 others, but I found that I was losing my patience with some of the younger ones. It's great to see you here and when you are PMing those elder ones, invite them to subscribe.
  10. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Have your kids moved out? If so, why shouldn't you replace the companionship and feelings of being needed with something you enjoy!? I have one grown daughter and she doesn't "get" the chickens but that doesn't bother me at all. I have three at home and its the time and money away from them that I sometimes wonder about. I think it is healthy to explore your own interests and having a hobby is healthy. I just may be over-doing it a bit too soon! It's not a big deal to my family. I just wonder....... I can't wait to change and get out to the coop in the afternoon after work. I would MUCH rather be there with the birds than inside listening to kids quarrel, my husband fuss at them, and the tv blare. I NEED that time to relax, wind down after work, and relieve stress. I know that I have a thousand things that need to be done and I sometimes feel guilty that I don't make them a priority, but you know, the chickens and one dance class a week are the only things I do for myself. There are TONS of things I do for everyone else around here!

    I use about 50# layer pellets a week in the winter and 50# a month in the summer. That amount grows in the fall and falls off in the spring. I also use starter occasionally and cracked corn for treats. My birds free range all day and are locked in safe at night.
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