getting started in NC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by angeleyes1307, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. angeleyes1307

    angeleyes1307 Hatching

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    Greetings all! - this post is mostly copied from what I posted on the NC list earlier today

    I am new here, recently out of the military and bought some land. Have always dreamed of doing a little homesteading type thing. I don't have anything but a couple dogs and a human kid now, but am planning on starting with some guineas, adding some chickens (thinking RIRs maybe) shortly and eventually a dairy goat (or two). I want to the chickens and goats to share the yard and the guineas to range out over mine and my neighbor's garden (her suggestion/request not my idea). In a perfect world I would get me some keets soon to have "adults" by the spring, but the entire timing is based on $$ on building housing for everybody as we go. So of course, if anyone has any idea or suggestions about startup costs I am all ears.
    Right now I am doing my research and planning and looking for all of the pitfalls that might creep up. I studied ag in college, but that was a couple years back and in PA, so I know there are big differences. so any advice that way would be great. Have read all the FAQ pages and stuff already, and am just getting more and more excited.
    my neighbor has the brooder for keets, but I am not comfortable with raising them and letting them run completely wild, (which she has done before, and likes -I note the short lifespan and violent end of every bird of her last flock and decided not for me). So we are waiting till i can get a coop for protection at night.


    BTW, I am about halfway between Fayetteville and Sanford.

    looking forward to learning a lot!
     

  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

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  4. 10 point

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  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from soggy Alabama. Glad you joined us. You'll love having guineas. They're loud & a little scatterbrained at times, but well worth it if for no other reason than they'll never fail to make you laugh [​IMG]
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    Hello, neighbor! Thank you for your service to our country.
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  8. cravenchx

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    I second that...Thank you for protecting US!
    I might think about a jersey cow, before dairy
    goats. My understanding, and I am in no way an
    expert, that goats need to get pregnant before you
    can start milking?!?!. And I'm not really a goat person.
    But a jersey cow? Now you have butter, cream, milk.
    I WANT one!.
    Not far from ya, in K'ville!
     
  9. smarquis86

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    [​IMG] from Yakima, WA glad you could join us. my coop cost about 800 after everything and some things were donated from my dad. probably would have been closer to 1000
     

  10. dawg53

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