Applewood Acres

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Applewood Acres, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Applewood Acres

    Applewood Acres In the Brooder

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    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.
     
  2. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    :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/)
     
  3. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    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
     
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  4. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    Welcome to BYC! There’s so many helpful, knowledgeable folks here and I’m sure you’ll find this site a very useful resource. I hope you enjoy it as much as we all do.
     
  5. Boots And Chicken Poop

    Boots And Chicken Poop Chirping

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    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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  6. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    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
     
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  7. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy:ya to have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Chickens will never make you rich but, watching their antics (we call Chicken TV) are genuinely therapeutic.
     
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  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    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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