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I'm Mandy! I don't have a huge family but we're ttc our 4th. Our kids are 8,7, and almost 2. I'm 32 and we've been married for 12 years. We homeschool and keep chickens in the city. Lol. I can't think of anything else to say about myself. I'm slightly boring. Hahaha. I'm glad to be here.

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Hi! And welcome!!

I sooooo want chickens! Our CC&Rs won't let me. Sad

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Yay--welcome, Mandy. From the few posts I've read from you it seems we have many similarities Smile

Welcome! I wish you the best with TTC #4!

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"turtnjay" wrote:

Hi! And welcome!!

I sooooo want chickens! Our CC&Rs won't let me. Sad

That is one of my worries when I look at houses (from my House thread).

Welcome! I am newly pg with #4 and just been hoping for a sticky bean! We have 8 chickens as well, and live in the suburb, not exactly "city" though. We love the fresh eggs! I have considered homeschooling MANY times, but haven't taken the plunge yet--my kids are in K and 1st grade currently.

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Welcome Smile

Technically, I think we could keep chickens now. But we're just renting, and we have a no pets clause in the lease... so I don't think the owner would be very happy, lol.

I'm Nancy Smile Sahm to 5 kiddos Smile

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Oh chickens are the best! I'm allowed to have up to 10 but I'm taking a year to make sure I don't kill them off or anything before I get that many. Lol. I have an Easter egger named Lacey who ADORES me! Who would have thought it? She has a beard as most Easter eggers do and she likes to cuddle with me. She runs to me when she sees me, tries to find me when she hears my voice, ets... She's a hoot! My other chickens like me only if I bring them a cookie, aka- grass clippings. Lol. Anyway, I'm nuts for my chickens, as I'm sure you can tell.

As for homeschooling, it's the best decision I've ever made... I LOVE it. My kids love it! If you jump in, jump in with both feet and don't look back!

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Welcome!!! Smile

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Welcome Mandy! Nice to meet you. I like the idea of city chickens for some reason.

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Hello and welcome!!

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Welcome!!!
I may be asking for chicken advice in a year or two. I've wanted them but for the past few years it's been one thing or another. We're rural so no restrictions but I'm thinking 4-6 chickens will work for us (probably 6). Did you build your own chicken coop? That's my big thing keeping me from starting, I really don't want to spend a ton on buying one so I want to build one and I'm pretty sure my midwife would frown upon that at this point in my pregnancy Wink (DH says if I want chickens it's up to me Lol ).
Good luck TTC, hope it happens quickly for you!

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Welcome! My mom has chickens in the city, and it sure does appeal. For now she shares eggs with us when we see her (45min away). But sometimes I think I want some and I believe zoning laws for our city has changed to allow it now. Smile

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We did something interesting for our coop. We bought a used, plastic shed off of Craigslist and then converted it into a walk-in coop. We're still in the process of converting it but they stay in there at night. We're still building the run, too, so they're in a chicken tractor during the day. One thing about chickens is that they LOVE to eat grass and weeds. My chickens so insane over it. I used to have grass in their pen but there's nothing there now except for dirt. They ate it all in no time. When I get the coop finished, I'll post pics. We're putting in a solar exhaust fan to keep them cool through the summers. They'll have a nicer house than I do soon! LOL

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When did you begin homeschooling? Right from the beginning of your kid(s) school age, or did they attend school first? My dh is really not on board with it and I'm afraid now that my kids have been to school that they will balk as well. And I am really liking what I've heard about the gifted program my ds was just accepted to (and dd will likely be accepted to next year when she is old enough). BUT dh has already agreed that if he doesn't flourish in the gifted program, OR we move to a location with poor schools, then I will homeschool. And we are looking at houses, some we find are not in great school districts but the house is perfect.

I was given our coop and 3 "starter" chickens from friends who were moving and getting rid of them. We have had them about 4 years now, with 2 sets of chicks as well. So I was lucky with my initial setup, but I want to rebuild my coop--and I know just how I want it, I just need to have the time to do it. I love building stuff Smile

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We started my kids off from the start. I used to work for the school district they would have gone to and it's horrible. I sat in on a lot of classes that was more like daycare than school, kwim? These schools have a really bad record and one of the lowest performing in the state. BUT, I will say that even if they were excellent schools, I still would have homeschooled. It just fits our family so much better. It's not for everyone but it's the right path for us. Our kids use gifted language arts but they need to go REALLY slow in math. They're not bad at it but it takes a long time for them to master a concept and I refuse to move on to the next level until they've reached mastery. I don't think any school would allow them to be in honors language arts while being so behind in math. lol Anyway, if you get involved in groups, it really takes the scary out of doing something they're not used to. Anyway, if you do decide to do it, most homeschoolers who have had kids in PS first really recommend taking a huge break from all school things. I think they call it de-schooling. Apparently it's just bonding time as a family and then establishing yourself as their teacher. From what I hear, it really works and creates a really healthy learning environment.

As for chickens.... What kinds do you have? I would love one of those really cute coops but we're not builders at all. In fact, we have to frame up a doorway in the run and I'm slightly breaking out in hives just thinking about it. Ugh. I don't want to do that but yeah, the run will need a door. lol Do yours free-range? Mine won't be able to, unfortunately. Being in the city, I have to keep them under control and neighbors will be mad if they range a little too freely. Wink Their run will be pretty big and I'm planning on building a little grass area and planting grass see in it. Then I'm going to cover the top with hardware cloth. That way, they can eat fresh grass but not scratch it all to bits and kill it. I know it's a bit much but what can I say? I spoil them. lol

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"Broodymama" wrote:

I'm Mandy! I don't have a huge family but we're ttc our 4th. Our kids are 8,7, and almost 2. I'm 32 and we've been married for 12 years. We homeschool and keep chickens in the city. Lol. I can't think of anything else to say about myself. I'm slightly boring. Hahaha. I'm glad to be here.

You are my twin! The only difference is I have 6 soon to be 7 kids. We homeschool and I LOVE our chickens lol What breeds do you have? We've recently gone from 12 birds down to 8 - with one little mottled cochin bantam roo who's a frizzle! He's so cute. Ours free range during the day when were home - otherwise their in their coop (chicken tractor for now). I have wasted SO much time at BYC (backyardchickens.com) drooling over all those cute coops that people have.

Welcome Mama! :wavehello:

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"Broodymama" wrote:

We started my kids off from the start. I used to work for the school district they would have gone to and it's horrible. I sat in on a lot of classes that was more like daycare than school, kwim? These schools have a really bad record and one of the lowest performing in the state. BUT, I will say that even if they were excellent schools, I still would have homeschooled. It just fits our family so much better. It's not for everyone but it's the right path for us. Our kids use gifted language arts but they need to go REALLY slow in math. They're not bad at it but it takes a long time for them to master a concept and I refuse to move on to the next level until they've reached mastery. I don't think any school would allow them to be in honors language arts while being so behind in math. lol Anyway, if you get involved in groups, it really takes the scary out of doing something they're not used to. Anyway, if you do decide to do it, most homeschoolers who have had kids in PS first really recommend taking a huge break from all school things. I think they call it de-schooling. Apparently it's just bonding time as a family and then establishing yourself as their teacher. From what I hear, it really works and creates a really healthy learning environment.

As for chickens.... What kinds do you have? I would love one of those really cute coops but we're not builders at all. In fact, we have to frame up a doorway in the run and I'm slightly breaking out in hives just thinking about it. Ugh. I don't want to do that but yeah, the run will need a door. lol Do yours free-range? Mine won't be able to, unfortunately. Being in the city, I have to keep them under control and neighbors will be mad if they range a little too freely. Wink Their run will be pretty big and I'm planning on building a little grass area and planting grass see in it. Then I'm going to cover the top with hardware cloth. That way, they can eat fresh grass but not scratch it all to bits and kill it. I know it's a bit much but what can I say? I spoil them. lol

Yes, i think if the school district we were in was horrible, I would without a doubt homeschool--but it is actually quite good. Our neighborhood elementary school was ranked #1 in the entire state of WA for several years running, might still be, if not it is way up there. That and the gifted program they offer, I'll stick it out longer. My kids absolutely LOVE school too. They have fun clubs (they loved running club this year) and just amazing teachers. But I do miss them during the day, and for my own reasons probably more than them needing it I've wanted to homeschool. Though ds was in tears the other day, not wanting school to end because he will miss his friends.

As for chickens, we have 2 buff orpingtons, 3 barred rocks, and 3 aracanas (that lay greenish eggs) The others lay brown. 1 aracana is not laying anymore I think (she is the oldest one, the last of the ones given to us), the one barred rock is the last left of our first few chicks. We only had 4 and 1 was a rooster we had to get rid of, 1 had a beak deformity and never grew well and finally died, the last was killed by a predator. The other 6 are from our last set of chicks. Started with 8 and again, 2 were roosters. I have NEVER gotten a rhode island red chick that did not turn out to be a rooster, though they were sexed and given a 90% chance of being pullets. But I really want a rhode island red hen, I hear they are great layers. I think next year will be time for chicks again Smile

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Hi!

I’m jealous. Our city won’t allow chickens or bees… I would have chickens in a second if we could. In fact, I went to a chicken keeping and bee-keeing seminar just a month ago.

I have been losing sleep the past few nights trying desperately to figure out how we can build our healthy, off-grid house, home-school the kids (or at least have someone home with them until they ago to school), have a good veggie garden, chickens (for eggs of course), and still be close enough to the city for DSS to get to school, and DH and I to not commute too far… and which of us would quit our job? Me (I make more than DH), or DH (He likes his job better)…

AARRRRGGGHHH…

Or do we just keep on like we have been doing?

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My 2 cents: I say focus on one thing at a time. Take it slowly. Your kids are little only once and that goes by quickly.

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"sarahsunshine" wrote:

Hi!

I’m jealous. Our city won’t allow chickens or bees… I would have chickens in a second if we could. In fact, I went to a chicken keeping and bee-keeing seminar just a month ago.

I have been losing sleep the past few nights trying desperately to figure out how we can build our healthy, off-grid house, home-school the kids (or at least have someone home with them until they ago to school), have a good veggie garden, chickens (for eggs of course), and still be close enough to the city for DSS to get to school, and DH and I to not commute too far… and which of us would quit our job? Me (I make more than DH), or DH (He likes his job better)…

AARRRRGGGHHH…

Or do we just keep on like we have been doing?

Could you both keep working and try to live off one salary and put the other salary into savings until you have enough that one of you can quit your job (if you want to) and/or pay for a down payment on your ideal home?

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I'm going to start a new thread on this one... I'm taking over Broody's!

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"~HollyBear~" wrote:

As for chickens, we have 2 buff orpingtons, 3 barred rocks, and 3 aracanas (that lay greenish eggs) The others lay brown. 1 aracana is not laying anymore I think (she is the oldest one, the last of the ones given to us), the one barred rock is the last left of our first few chicks. We only had 4 and 1 was a rooster we had to get rid of, 1 had a beak deformity and never grew well and finally died, the last was killed by a predator. The other 6 are from our last set of chicks. Started with 8 and again, 2 were roosters. I have NEVER gotten a rhode island red chick that did not turn out to be a rooster, though they were sexed and given a 90% chance of being pullets. But I really want a rhode island red hen, I hear they are great layers. I think next year will be time for chicks again Smile

Even though buff orpingtons aren't the best of layers, they are probably my favorite chicken. They are so sweet & personable. Golden sex links are one of the best layers - the RIR's are too. We have an araucana as well I think they are such neat looking birds! Almost like hawks in the head with how it's shaped. I recently bought two more chicks for our flock - one is a light brahma and the other is a true isa brown. I'm excited to get the extra large eggs from my brown (we call her Isadora) & I'm excited to see what our brahma (we call her Alaska) is going to look like - she's already huge & I love her fully feathered legs & toes. Such pretty birds!

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I love my buffy's too! They are very sweet. My barred rocks can be a bit mean to the other hens....in fact, just today I have my oldest barred rock picking on my fav aracana! She keeps picking at her comb! So I seperated her from the group fro now because none of the others are picking at her.

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Hi Mandy and welcome!

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I have an Easter egger and 2 red sex links. I DID have 12 but who knew some friends wanted to raise chickens, too? I handed some out and my 2 roos went to a couple of people who can actually have them. My neighbors would have griped for sure. My EE is by far, the most lovey. She literally cuddles with me. Seriously. I'm not kidding. She comes running up to me when I go to the coop and she has been known to fly up to my shoulder from her roost just to sit with me. When I pick her up, she rests her head on my shoulder and just clucks like it's the happiest moment of her life. LOL My 2 reds like me but mainly if I have cookies (grass clippings). They don't cuddle like the EE does. I had another EE but she went to a friend who just fell in love with her. She was just as lovey as the one I kept. I should take a few pics of them. My EE has a FANTASTIC black beard. LOL I call her my bearded lady. She's ridiculously cute.

Oh and BTW, Check out my siggy!!! I just got my BFP today! It's not very dark yet but I've been getting negatives up until now so yeah, it's not the biggest "BF"P. lol STill, this is the second positive test of the day so I'm thinking this is it. Biggrin YAY! Happy dance!

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Congrats Smile Hope all goes well and you have a h&h 9 months Smile

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Congrats Mandy!!!!

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Congrats!!!!

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Congrats Mandy! That is awesome!

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Hi and welcome! I'm new to this board as well (I usually hang out in December '11 as that's when I'm due with #4)... our kids are almost the same age though! Good luck with TTC #4!