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By Ivywoods, Jan 11, 2012 | |
  1. Ivywoods
    I live in northeast Kansas on 160 acres. It's home to my husband, Mike and myself, along with two haflinger horses, a small but growing flock of chickens, numerous boer and nubian goats, 3 great pyrenees, one "bird dog" mix, a boston terrier,a german wirehaired dachshund and a chihuahua. Oh, and a few darn barn cats. Most of the dogs were "rescues" and the cats were too, along with a couple strays that wandered up. My husband also has a talking double yellow headed amazon parrot and a screaching, noisy, irritating but beautiful sun conure. I love to deer and turkey hunt and am a hunter education instructor.
    This is an antique horsedrawn blacksmith wagon that had been converted into a farm shop. I recently purchased this at a farm auction. The project is now nearly completed, and this is home to my laying hens and all my poultry supplies. I have a run for the layers off the back and side, and am in the process of building my separate breeder pens on the other side.
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    We have had chickens off and on for years, but when we moved here we had no facilities for them, so I gave them to my sister. We are just now getting back into it as we get our coop and pens completed. We have a few black jersey giants (beautiful!) some buff orpingtons, a pair of partridge wyandotte bantams and a small flock of black copper marans. My goal is to breed marans looking toward the proposed standard as well as raise a few other birds to lay a variety of colored eggs. I have plans to obtain some black, silver and lavender ameraucanas in March. and will eventually keep a few "olive eggers" from them crossed with my marans. I also intend to add a few production laying hens to be able to sell enough eggs to hopefully pay for this hobby. (That's what my sister does... she keeps a few layers along with her show birds and sells eggs. It's just enough to pay for feed and a few expenses. It seems like a workable plan to me!)
    Thanks to everyone here on BYC for all the information and advice. It's great to have so much information at my fingertips instantly!

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