Allergic to birds - but can't resist them in SE Ohio

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bspaz, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. bspaz

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    Hi! I live in SE Ohio along the Ohio River. I'm an absolute beginner.

    I currently have six, 3 week old pullets (White Leghorn) and three 4 day old (Barred Rock, Black-sex Link, Dark Brahma).
    I have the leghorns in a re-purposed small garden pond liner under a heat lamp in the basement, and the little ones in a box under a lamp in my kitchen where it's much warmer. The Brahma has really attached to me quickly - runs to my hand when I put it in the box. The Barred Rock is also friendly, but the Black-sex Link doesn't really like to be handles so much. I think he might be a few days older based on his wing development.

    I haven't secured a coop yet. I would like to have a chicken tractor, but I think I'll have to convert an old goat shed into a coop for now and then work on a chicken tractor over the summer. I'll be glad when I can put them outside when it gets warmer so I can quit taking Benedryl for my allergy.

    I'm keeping chickens for the eggs, composting and bugs. We had another mild winter this year, so the summer bugs will be terrible.

    I hope to get one or two Polish hens. I love their feathered heads! So far, the only places I can get them (ordering them) requires a minimum order of 15. I understand why they have to ship them that way, but it's more than I need as a beginner. I would like to show them at the county fair, although my husband teases me about my "4-H project" when I say that.

    Anyway, just wanted to say "Hi" and thanks for all the great information. I've already learned so much.

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  2. Megan Amber

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    Welcome To BYC! And congrats on your chickens! Totally relate the whole mild winter thing so Good Luck!
     
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    Greetings from Kansas, bspaz, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here!!
     
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  7. bspaz

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