Hello from Alaska!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Arctic Feat, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. Arctic Feat

    Arctic Feat New Egg

    Nov 6, 2012
    This is a wonderful website and I've already learned so much by reading through existing threads. Thank you to all of the kind folks who have already shared so much information.
    I live in Anchorage, AK and recently built a coop, although I have yet to acquire any feathered ladies (hopefully that will happen by this winter/early spring.) I would love to hear any pointers from other folks who raise chickens in cold-climates. Right now I'm most interested in finding out a) is there any place to get chicks in Alaska without ordering through a hatchery, b) what are people's favorite cold-weather breeds? and c) what are your favorite tips for keeping your flock warm and happy in very cold weather?
    Thanks and have a great day!
  2. Barred Rock Man

    Barred Rock Man Out Of The Brooder

    Its great to have you on the site!
    I live in extreme northwestern Washington State, so cold but not as cold as Anchorage. I like the Barred Plymouth Rock for a cold weather layer. Egg laying ducks like the Indian Runner are excellent cold weather layers that need very little shelter, are hardy, and lay around 300 eggs a year that are larger then most chicken eggs.
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  3. hollys chooks

    hollys chooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello all the way across the world in Alaska, I'm in Australia (and no use at all for cold climate chicken advise) and just wanted to say welcome. Chickens are so rewarding, glad you've decided to get some.
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] We have a few members here from Alaska. Look in the Where am I, Where are You section. Enjoy the site!
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Mo, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here. Best of luck with your spring chickens!
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  8. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California, x 2 on sumi's advise. Good luck.
  10. kmpaulick

    kmpaulick Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2012
    MatSu, Alaska
    Hi There!

    We're in AK too (valley) and we got our chicks from a woman in the Butte. Check out CL, in the farm & garden section, people are regularly selling pullets this time of year (chicks usually in the spring). If you let people know you're looking, it won't be much time at all before you find a local source.

    We're relatively new to chickens too, but after researching quite a bit, we're really happy with the three breeds we've got (buff orpingtons, barred rocks, and a lone easter egger). The BOs are very affectionate and the daily layers, the barred rock nearly so on both counts, the easter egger (less friendly, far smarter) lays probably 2 out of 3 days -but they're gorgeous blue eggs so I certainly can't fault her.

    We built our coop and run pretty darned solidly (2" foam insulation throughout, lined with vinyl, etc). There's a bulb on for 18 hours daily, and a heat lamp that goes on in 15 minute increments, 5 times each night. I'm a little nuts about keeping them warm. Right now I'm a little concerned about having enough ventilation to prevent moisture build-up. There is a large window, and two flap-type openings that were open all summer but they're too big to have open now (it's 8F outside as I type)....but when I close it all up, I start getting frost inside.

    This is probably more info than you wanted, but hopefully some of it is helpful to you. I've gotten so much good information off this site. The U of A cooperative extension also has a lot of AK relevant info for poultry owners, they even offer classes regularly. AK Mill & Feed has good info on their website too --and great deals on quality feed, etc.

    Good Luck!
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