What's with the weird chicken obsession?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BigECarter, May 10, 2012.

  1. BigECarter

    BigECarter Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2012
    Mississippi Gulf Coast
    About a month ago we were watching yet another doomsday show on tv - this one happened to be Nova, about what a severe solar storm could do - and I started thinking about how my family could survive if we lost electricity for months. Answer: I need chickens. So I casually mention to my husband, "hey, we should get chickens one of these days", to which he answers, "yeah, I've been thinking that too."

    Off to the internet to research. And I found so much on-line. This forum, Backyard Chicken, etc. Articles about how to care for chickens, how to design a coop, breed characteristics, etc. I now spend hours a day "researching" chickens. Planning my coop. Lurking on the forums. I have never held a chicken. Never dreamed of having chickens. And now I am obsessed. Weird. Perhaps there is a part of my brain that needed a hobby - the part that has been locked up while we rebuilt after Katrina and try to survive our children (3 girls, 9, 6, and the bonus baby just turned 2).

    So that was the quick intro on how I found my way here. Now for where I am in my chicken adventure - planning on getting chicks after our first ever family trip to DC this summer. I've decided to order from Ideal Poultry based on the mostly great reviews and because they are relatively close. I had wanted 5 or 6 pullets, but their minimum order is $25, so I'm now planning on 10. My tentative flock is two each of Buff Orpingtons, Wyandottes, Delawares, RIR, and Easter Eggers. Looking for larger birds (less hawk susceptible), and kid-friendly. Would love silkies but am worried about hawks.

    The flock will be in an open coop tractor inside an eloctronet enclosure. I prefer to move the flock periodically so that I don't have as much to clean. We have two acres. They will be the movable compost crew! Hazards and predators to consider are: Heat, hurricanes (wind and flood), fox, coyote, raccoons, possums, hawks, owls (including a pair of great horned owls), dogs, gators. Probably others, but those are the ones I know we have.

    No questions yet - still drinking from the fire hose! I have no idea if the obsession will continue, but for the time being it looks like I'm here to stay.

    - E
  2. mamachicken6

    mamachicken6 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2012
    Haha same thing happened to me! My husband swears he married Ellie Mae. I started out planning for 4 standard size chickens and now I have 15 bantums of various breeds. Its a healthy addiction though and a good thought for disaster prep, I agree.
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR

    That's how it begins! For me, it was the day I saw a small backyard flock of Buff Orpingtons. That day I became obsessed also. It took a few years after that, but when it hits, it hits!
  4. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Wow neat story. So glad you joined all the other chickens obsessed people here LOL. Welcome and best of luck with your new babies
  5. GoChick

    GoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2010

    Good luck with the girls!!
  6. mamabigbird

    mamabigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Vancouver Island, B.C.,
    Yup. Obsession leads to bad chicken math.
    My dream of 5-6 red hens has bloomed to 18 hens of every size and color, including one broody EE who is currently sitting on 7 eggs.
    Sit back, relax and enjoy the madness. And those yummy eggs! Oh gosh, you'll never eat another store egg again.
  7. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
  9. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

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