DoverChick - introduction

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DoverChick, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. DoverChick

    DoverChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, just wanted to introduce myself:

    We will be totally new to the chicken raising thing this spring/summer. We are working on getting our coop ready right now so they have a nice home to roost and lay. Both my husbands and my grandparents/parents raised chickens (lots of them!) so we also have a good reference in them.

    We are from south-central Pennsylvania where we get a decent winter so I am trying to find a good breed of chicken that lays in the winter. At the same time, it would be great to have a breed with a good temperament so our daughter can pet/hold them.

    We are a family of 3, my daughter, Keira, just turned 3. I am a health and physical education teacher in a middle school, and my husband is also a health and phys.ed teacher. It will be nice to have summers off together to work on my garden and take care of our new chickens. My other hobbies include gardening, bird watching, running, cooking/baking, hiking, etc. I love being outdoors, which is why I am soooooo ready for winter to be over right now![​IMG] (we only have about 6-7 inches of snow on the ground right now....ugh.)

    Anyway, thanks for the input and help! Looks like a very active and helpful forum![​IMG]
     
  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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  3. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

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    I have to ask if you are from Dover as I live in Dover!

    I completely understand about the snow ~ I am ready for the groundhog to say that spring will be early this year for once!

    Most of the breeds I have have rose or pea combs which is good for colder temps as they are less likely to get frost bite, although I do have some Buff Orpingtions and Cochins with larger combs that have had no problems so far.

    Orpingtons are nice friendly hens and children always love colored egg layers like EEs or Ameraucanas. If you are interested in getting any pure Ameraucanas or Olive Eggers, I will have hatching eggs and chicks available this spring/summer.
     
  4. Michele_Lynd

    Michele_Lynd Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] there are a bunch of great chicks here so u well get lots of advice the only thing I would add is when u build ur coop make sure it's draft free , and any breed can lay threw the winter it's how much light they have that stops them so if u put a light in the coop on a timer they should lay all the way threw winter
     
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  6. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC from The Pampered Pullets farm in Ocala, FL
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  7. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    Hesperia, Ca
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  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. [​IMG] I agree, winter can stop now. My chickens and I are sick of all the snow. [​IMG]
     
  10. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    Lutz,FL
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