Cleveland, OH newbie introduction

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by simple, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. simple

    simple Hatching

    Feb 5, 2009
    Just wanted to say Hi and thanks to everyone for making this such a great forum.

    My wife and I are going to start keeping chickens this year by converting a 5x10 section of our shed into a coop. We're pretty excited about farm fresh eggs from our backyard. We're thinking maybe a dozen large egg layers for 2009 and we can convert the entire shed if we get really serious about producing eggs and/or meat chickens. I hear it's addicting. Right now eggs for us, our parents, and some neighbors/co-workers if there are extras is enough.

    I'm planning on posting my coop plans for feedback in the coop/run section before I begin construction/renovation.

    If anyone is in the Cleveland, OH area and would be willing to let us tour their coop setup and share any local info on where to get good prices on organic feed, bedding, etc. we would be thrilled! We're in Strongsville, south and west of Cleveland.

    We're also thinking about getting our birds from Meyer Hatchery in Polk, OH, so let me know if you've had a good or bad experience with them.

    We also are ramping up our organic gardening and food preserving this year as much as we are able. Our two year old twin boys keep us mighty busy.
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  3. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

    Nov 2, 2008

    You will find so much information on this site, you will be hooked in no time.


  4. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    Hi [​IMG]
    i am a bit south east of you in Youngstown. It is addicting for sure. Meyer over in Polk is a good hatchery. YOu might also want to check ou the Millersburg/HolmesCounty area amish flea markets and auctions. Or you could get a incubator and hatch mail ordered eggs. Its so much fun and gets the kids involved.
  5. Hello & Welcome to BYC !
  6. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
    From Old Town, Maine
  7. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]

    My DH and I go to Cleveland several times a year; we usually stay near Vermilion by Dave and Buster's. There are lots of things to see and do in that area. One of our favorite haunts is Little Italy. I am very familiar with northern Ohio because I used to be a supervisor at Cedar Point.
  8. Padre

    Padre In the Brooder

    Dec 28, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    [​IMG] Well I'll go ahead and let you in on the secret.................. CONVERT THE WHOLE SHED CUS YOUR GONNA NEED IT!!!! Glad to have you here! I worked for an envelope company in Oberlin, just south of Cleveland, is that close to you?
  9. Quote:I second that! You are gonna need the space. And Welcome my fellow Buckeye!
    I get from Meyer all the time. They have nice chicks. What are you thinking about getting? I could not just reccomend one breed. I love them all! [​IMG]
  10. simple

    simple Hatching

    Feb 5, 2009
    Thanks for all the welcomes.

    We are about 40 minutes from Oberlin and I am considering travelling there a few times in March to get the new beekeeper training from the Lorain County Beekeepers Association.

    I knew I'd hear about converting the whole shed! I want to break the neighbors in slowly as well as learn from any mistakes with a smaller flock. [​IMG]

    Harley's Girl,
    We are considering any highly productive layers with calm disposition (especially with our young sons). We're thinking Black Stars, Australorps, and, of course, Buckeyes.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2009

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