Hello from Alaska

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Terry Morache, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. Terry Morache

    Terry Morache Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 30, 2014
    My name is Terry and I live in Willow Alaska I just got the brilliant idea of starting my first flock the other day. I have neighbors with chickens one of them free ranges and I'm not sure what the other one does. I do have to deal with predators bears, eagles, ravens and fox as well as having a dog kennel. I also have extreme cold to deal with and know absolutely nothing about chickens. To get chickens shipped up here I have to order a minimum of 15 so I want to be as prepared as I can any help will be appreciated
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you with us [​IMG]

    For lock up at night I would make sure it is very tight
    no holes and on the bottom of your fence get some 1/2"
    wire that is the size of the holes in the wire and often
    used in the floring of animal cages ......


    This is a excellent cold weather chicken and has relatives
    in Siberia it is a Russian Orloff you should have at least
    two of these hens in your order and it produces egg's all
    winter long and they come in large and small ......
    Oh I should add a fair producer of egg's as they lay from
    my count just over 225 average a year, so really a fair
    producer not the best like 300 a year but will with stand cold
    where others wont .........

    gander007 [​IMG]
  3. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop

    I know it seems daunting but they are so worth it. Once they're older the cold won't be too much of a problem if you get the right breed. Chickens are hardy and can withstand temps to -30. With predators like those, you're gonna want a nice secure coop!
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] First off, have a browse through the Learning Center. There are articles on choosing breeds, feeding and housing your flock, predator and pest prevention and much more. To help you choose the right breed look at the Breeds section. On the left you will see boxes you can tick to narrow down the breeds according to your criteria, broodiness, hardiness, etc. For housing ideas, if you feel like building something yourself, have a look at the Coops section for ideas. Enjoy the site!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    with predators like those, I would keep them confined in a solidly built enclosed run with top. Maybe even a few strands of electrified wire to persuade predators to go elsewhere.

    If you go to "where am I, where are you," you can locate and post on the Alaskan thread and find out how people in your area handle the elements and predators. [​IMG]
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! You've received some great advice here, good luck to you.

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