Good Morning from Billings, MT

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dwolfwmn, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. dwolfwmn

    dwolfwmn Out Of The Brooder

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    What a great site, we have learned so much and have got so many great ideas here! We are amazed with everyone's creativity.

    We are working on our hen house and hope to have chicks soon. After designing our 12' x 8' hen house and then pricing out new material we opted to use recycled, reclaimed wood & materials and any freebies we can scrounge. We are using the sawzall and cutting pallets apart like crazy (an idea we got from here) for the outside siding, which should fit in nicely with our outside decorating as we love wood, metal & rock, and the rustic look of old western decor.

    We both work full time for our county's Sheriff's Office which often times includes overtime, so our pallet progress is not going as fast as we would like. We live in the hills outside of Billings so we usually get more snow in the winter than Billings and are cooler in the summer. So insulation will be part of our building plans. We are planning a fenced in run, but will let the girls out to range & pasture while we are home to help them keep an eye out for predators.

    My growing up years were on an Iowa farm and my partner grew up in the city, so I supposedly know what I am doing being talked into this after saying "no" for several years. As a kid we had chickens, milk cows, beef cattle, pigs & sheep and farmed many acres. She grew up having a pool pass and swam her summers away. I told myself after leaving the farm....that was it, no more chores! Now in my mid 50's I find myself going back to those days, enjoying making jam & jelly, stocking the freezer & pantry with things from the garden which seems to get bigger and bigger! Growing & preserving food is something she is really enjoying learning and can't wait to expand her farming experience with chickens.....I will absolutely put my foot down if she starts talking milk cow!!

    Ok, it is a day off and supposed to be really nice today, and we hear the pallet pile calling, so time to get back at it. A big thank-you to everyone who have shared their pictures and ideas on this site, the detailed pictures during the construction of the coops have been very helpful and I have tweaked our plans a couple of times.

    Everyone have a great day!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC from Ohio! You sound so excited about everything! Isn't it great? I'm also a city girl, and my husband dragged me out into the country and now I just love gardening, and I'm learning canning and I've had chickens for about five years now and my friends and family just can't believe I enjoy all that so much. Country living is just so fulfilling!

    Glad you joined and take care,
    Sharon
     
  3. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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  4. Terihdfxr

    Terihdfxr Out Of The Brooder

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    You will have so much fun designing and building youeself. I feel so proud of my lil hen house.
    Now i am looking forward to raising my lil ones.
     
  5. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good luck. :thumbsup
     
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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