Applewood Acres

Applewood Acres

In the Brooder
Mar 23, 2018
5
11
24
SE Michigan
Hello all, I've been lurking for a while reading a number of threads, but finally took the plunge and registered. Our family finally made our way out to a new house and property in the country (southeast Michigan) last summer after being mortgage trapped in the suburbs for the last 5 years or so.

Having a small flock of chickens (mostly for egg production for now as we are not keen on self processing and haven't found anyplace local to process chickens for us) and a large garden is at the top of our priority list this spring.

My wife grew up with chickens and a bunch of other animals on a small family farm. I grew up in the country but mostly around horses and crops than farm animals.

We're looking to get started with 6-8 Heritage Rhode Island Red Hens, preferrably already laying or about to start because we aren't set up for chicks this year. If anybody has source they can put me in touch with we would be appreciative.

By day (and all too often by night as well), I work in the IT field, but would love nothing more than to live entirely off the land in a few years if finances allowed for it, but alas, that is unlikely.

Anyways, excited to be here and get to know some of you.
 

Smuvers Farm

Melvin Up the Taterhole
Feb 16, 2017
4,917
23,227
872
TN/Western KY Border
:welcome:celebrate

Glad you're here !

A must have for your poultry is a FIRST AID KIT for any issues that would arise. (https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/suggestions-for-a-first-aid-kit.1150128/)
It's definitely better to have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it.

Also, make sure your coop(s) have a proper amount of VENTILATION. (https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...-there-and-cut-more-holes-in-your-coop.47774/) Your chickens will absolutely thank you for it!

One last thing, if you're into gardening, feel free to join this years SEED SWAP (https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/seed-swap.1220129/)
 

Pork Pie

Flockwit
Premium Feather Member
6 Years
Jan 30, 2015
58,196
241,089
1,687
Hello and welcome to BYC

Here’s a good link where you’ll find lots of information on almost every aspect of keeping chickens - from coop building ideas, to incubating eggs - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/


There’s a link on the page above to the Learning Centre - it’s a great resource. If you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.


Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive


You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find Your State Thread

Best wishes

Pork Pie
 
Feb 26, 2018
69
225
86
In the deep South!
Hi!! It's great to have you here!! :welcome Ooh! Very nice choice of breed! I have three Rhode island reds now and they lay almost every day! :yesss: Beautiful brown eggs!

~The brown eggs our my RIRs, the greenish blueish tint ones are my Easter Eggers and the white one is my Leghorn's!
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penny1960

Yippity do Da Yippity ay
Premium Feather Member
5 Years
Dec 29, 2015
59,017
257,911
1,697
Mossyrock, WA
Hello all, I've been lurking for a while reading a number of threads, but finally took the plunge and registered. Our family finally made our way out to a new house and property in the country (southeast Michigan) last summer after being mortgage trapped in the suburbs for the last 5 years or so.

Having a small flock of chickens (mostly for egg production for now as we are not keen on self processing and haven't found anyplace local to process chickens for us) and a large garden is at the top of our priority list this spring.

My wife grew up with chickens and a bunch of other animals on a small family farm. I grew up in the country but mostly around horses and crops than farm animals.

We're looking to get started with 6-8 Heritage Rhode Island Red Hens, preferrably already laying or about to start because we aren't set up for chicks this year. If anybody has source they can put me in touch with we would be appreciative.

By day (and all too often by night as well), I work in the IT field, but would love nothing more than to live entirely off the land in a few years if finances allowed for it, but alas, that is unlikely.

Anyways, excited to be here and get to know some of you.

great Bio Welcome to Backyard Chickens might try craigs list for adult birds be cautious as there are those with ill birds that will not say so or if they are past laying age better off raising a few peeps from a local breeder to you best of luck we are all there to answer any questions
 

Teila

Bambrook Bantams
6 Years
Apr 15, 2013
16,612
26,075
1,026
Forrest Beach, FNQ, Australia
G'Day from down under Applewood Acres :frow Welcome!

I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

Please do check out the Topic of the Week discussions Pork Pie mentioned. I have found these to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining.

If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock when they arrive, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)

Including your general location on your profile will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.
 

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