Was I supposed to fall in love with my food?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by K9SPY, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. K9SPY

    K9SPY Chirping

    Jul 16, 2019
    OK, well... Maybe not LOVE!

    But I really find them fascinating and learning the animal husbandry of raising a sustainable flock of egg-laying, meat producing, yard-birds is my latest challenge in life!

    Part of me hates to be cheesy and copy the suggested questions, but the part of me that's typing is doing it on an older phone! So not keen on flipping back and forth!

    So here goes!

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

    My grandparents retired from a life in Baltimore city and moved to the country at 65 and acquired a flock of about a dozen birds. Pullets, I believe. I was about 4 or 5. This was a very formative experience!

    At around 12, my first paying job was to briskly walk through a neighbor's 10,000-chicken houses and grab any slow (lame) ones and... "Dispatch" them. Also, a very formative experience!

    My parents later had a dozen birds, as well. Mostly escapees from the Purdue truck!

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?


    (3) What breeds do you have?

    1 Adult laying female Rhode Island Red
    1 juvenile/8-12 week male Rhode Island Red
    3 chicks 2 week female Rhode Island Red

    4 chicks 2 week female Silver Wyandotte

    1 chick 2 week female Americana (I believe she snuck in with my Rhode Island Red chickies. It was dark in there, catching those chicks! She's here now, and she's adorable, so I think I'll keep her!)

    (4) What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens?

    My 4 and 5 year old boys. Youngest is an animal ENTHUSIAST! His second or third WORD was "chicken"! He loves all the animal shows and nature shows. My older boy likes to watch my younger one obsess over animals! The younger will pick up any insect, mouse, bird, kitten, etc he finds. The older LOVES it too... WATCHING his little brother touch the critters, that is! He just LOVES to watch YOU pick up that bug... But he's fine if its just YOU doing it, not him!

    I like the fact that chickens are a self-reliance staple that can make " incredible, edible, eggs" with very little input from their keepers.

    I like that they are also varied pretty colors and have personalities that I get to know, on top of it all.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?

    I'm a 40 year old Information worker/IT Analyst. Dude. My wife is a 5th grade teacher and despises chickens due to living with a sloppy chicken keeper in her younger years. She loves our cat, dog and guinea pigs though, so there's HOPE!

    My hobbies are ham radio, electronics and related tinkering, mechanics and related tinkering, overlanding with my 4x4 Tacoma, taking my small boys to Rock Concerts (with shooting earmuffs on), and I am also a midlife Physics major at UTSA - currently exploring a retirement career of radio astronomy for my "twilight years" (pun pun pun!)

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.

    2 medium sized pound-mutt girls, 1 male Bengal cat, 2 guinea pigs, a dozen fish (mostly White Clouds) and a Blue Lobster.

    house full of teen/young adult leeches, too! :p the chickens have been a big hit with everyone (except Momma) so far! :) / :-(

    (7) Bonus: How did you find BYC, how long have you known about BYC, and what made you finally join our awesome community?

    Found BYC in Google searches and it was immediately obvious that this is THE site for amateur chicken keepers! Most of my OTHER hobbies have a "THE SITE" too!
  2. Hi and welcome! I am a chicken beginner but am in love with my food. I don’t know why I enjoy chickens so much but I do. I adore my sassy Wyandottes the most!
  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined! Good luck with your flock!
  4. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello and welcome to BYC. I hope that you enjoy your time here.

    This is a useful link to take a look at - “How to...” guides. You may wish to consider including your location under your avatar (using the guide in the link above). You can use this link to contact members in your area - U.S. States
    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
  5. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    Welcome to our FUNomenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of fun! :wee
  6. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    That was an excellent introduction!! It does sound like you had formative chicken experiences in your younger years. I hope all your chickens can move fast...
  7. Callender Girl

    Callender Girl Crowing

    Sep 18, 2018
    North Central Iowa
    I agree with DobieLover -- that was a great introduction! Sounds like your household is an interesting place.

    We had chickens when I was growing up, and my dad wrung plenty of necks. HOWEVER, there was a rule that named chickens got to live: Heckel and Jekyll, the bantam roosters; Shirley, the black hen who laid her eggs on Dad's workbench. Consequently, all my chickens have names, and none is aware that I actually buy and eat unnamed birds from the grocery store. Yeah, I know it's hypocritical.

    It's great that your kids are interacting with the birds, and we all hope your wife comes around. Really, who can resist cute chickens forever?

    Welcome to BYC; hope you continue to enjoy it.
  8. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

    Aug 17, 2016
    Salt Lake City, UT
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join our wonderful community! :welcome
  9. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Thanks for joining us! :woot
  10. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Enlightened

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop

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