chicken dream come true

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by offmyroost, May 27, 2011.

  1. offmyroost

    offmyroost In the Brooder

    May 25, 2011
    Hi everyone,
    I am so glad this site exists. I have already had so many questions answered and I haven't begun to scratch the surface. I live in Flagstaff, AZ at an altitude of 7000 feet. I always thought people either had to live at a lower altitude to raise chickens or they had to go to extreme measures to protect them from the cold winters so they idea of raising them seemed far-fetched. Then I got this wild hair to research it. Turns out they can do just fine here. I am thrilled. I wrote the date on the calender that the local feed store would get the first batch of chicks. It seemed like a long wait:/. I was so excited. I ended up with 14 chicks--3 Americaunas, 2 barred rocks, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 leghorns, 1 silverlaced Wyandotte, 2 goldenlaced Wyandottes, and 2 Blue laced red Wyandottes. They currently reside in my quilting studio in a large oval cardboard brooder which has been reinforced with numerous rolls of silver duct tape. They range in age from 7-8 1/2 weeks old. The coop (fashioned from an old porch) might be ready to move them to tomorrow [​IMG]. I was told that chickens raise a lot of dust but I had no idea:(. I will be dusting the studio and washing fabric for a while. We ended up insulating the coop really well. I don't know how warm feathers keep chickens in winter but we wanted to be sure they were ok. Anyway, I could ramble on and on about this new chicken obsession but I have to go make sure they haven't pecked their way to freedom. thanks. -----Sue
  2. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama.
  3. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ

    I know you will enjoy this place!! Lots of nice people!!

    I found out the hard way the heavy feathered chickens do much better in cold weather than the heat here in Tucson! In fact, I think cool weather is better over hot any day for anybody!
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    [​IMG] A quilting studio? Tell us more!
  5. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Songster

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  6. DancingHen

    DancingHen Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    [​IMG] Welcome to the forum. I agree that chickens seem to do better with cold than heat. They need a lot of ventilation during the warm months. Sounds like you are starting with a great diverse flock. Would love to see some pictures.
  7. PreciousChicks

    PreciousChicks In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2011
    [​IMG] and hello from New Mexico! [​IMG]
    Enjoy your chickens...they are a real kick!
  8. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle


  9. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Songster

    Jan 19, 2011
    San Pablo, CA
    Welcome from Northern California. [​IMG]
  10. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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