I grew up in
Gerrardstown, WV and graduated from Martinsburg Senior High, like my mother
and grandmother before me. I met my husband while working at the Leesburg,
VA, Wal-Mart, and in 1997 he joined the Marine Corp, and was stationed at
Camp Lejeune. We bought 5 acres in Maysville, NC and were married in 1998.
He is now civil service on the base, and our son, Walker (Fuzz) was born
here, and we have pretty much put down roots, but I still get homesick,
especially in the fall & winter - I miss the mountains, the smell of
apples in the fall, sled riding, etc.
started raising Ameraucanas in 2009, so compared to many of you I've barely
gotten my feet wet. But my interest in these fascinating birds goes back to
a grade school incubator project in the late 70's (maybe even 1980?). I was
given eggs by a local farmer who said he had 2 breeds "ones that lay
blue eggs and ones that lay green ones." He gave me the green ones.
They never hatched and I have no idea what type of birds he actually had,
but I never lost my fascination with those unique eggs and, after a couple
of years of researching and comparing Ameraucanas and Araucanas, in 2009 I
hatched my first Ameraucanas from eggs I purchased from Wayne Meredith.
son, Walker, is all about chickens and has been since we got the first
layer birds when he was just a toddler. He loves to show and competes in
youth showmanship. He particularly loves bantams. He has silver, white,
buff, wheaten and blue wheaten Ameraucana bantams, black MGBs, and
butterscotch Call Ducks.
addition to chickens, I am a life-long horsewoman, and I also have Lamancha
dairy goats which are primarily family milkers & pets, but I have made
a point of breeding to the best bucks available. Our family is active in our
church, and I work at a different church, were I have become very close to
the church members and staff. I feel doubly blessed to have two church