Hello from Germany

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NewBChicken, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. NewBChicken

    NewBChicken New Egg

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    Hi all,

    My name is Mark, I moved from Toronto, Canada to Falkensee, Germany. I've stumbled upon this page while looking up "How to grow a chicken from an egg" and have become very interested in starting a coop for all natural healthy eggs and chickens. I'm thinking of opening up a small business here, so I figure this will be the best option, something people will enjoy and hopefully come for a healthy breakfast.

    I am new to the whole experience, and there's a lot I still have to learn. Any suggestions, tips and/or advice, please feel free to message me.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Spifflove

    Spifflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]Willkommen Freund! What are your goals for your restuaruant? Organic? Not sure what other angle you can take to compete against the factory megafarms. But if I were to do it:

    Barred Rocks are the best duo purpose breed, along with Black Astrolops. Leghorns are the best layers. Grow a garden to feed your chickens. Feed your garden from the compost. Free range your chickens to save on feed.

    Oh, and never ever ally with Italy. [​IMG]
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Mark, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I like your idea of a healthy eatery and wish you the best of luck!
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  5. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined
     
  6. NewBChicken

    NewBChicken New Egg

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    Thank you all for the welcome!

    Thank you Spifflove, I will look into those breeds to see where and if they're available to buy/raise here. Yes, I'm going organic all the way! (Free run with music and spa treatments for relaxation) :p

    What kind of garden do you recommend works best? I've never grown anything, but I'm very serious about this and I've always wanted to do it. I mean, I think I have the theoretical knowledge of how to do it, but no actual practical experience (yet).

    Thanks Redsoxs!
    Thanks Kevin565!

    Cheers!
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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  8. Spifflove

    Spifflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am still working on my compost. But in spring I will plant alphalpha. Fruit trees are also good for shade and dropped fruit. The best advice about chickens is in the oldtimer's thread under managing flocks. I am up to page 550 [​IMG]

    Some breed characteristics:

    Barred rock: excellent layer, big, hardy
    Astrolop: excellent layer, big, hardy
    White rock : Very good layer, big, hardy [I own chicks]

    Speckled sussex: Good layer, large size, great looks [I own chicks]
    Orpington: Average layer, large size, great looks, great tempermant. [I own]

    Jersy Giant: Average layer, huge size

    Leghorn: Prolific layer of large white eggs, small, flighty [I own chicks]
    Silver spangled: Good layer, great looks, small flighty [I own]
    German Spritzberger: Good layer, great looks, flighty

    Swedish Flower: Expensive, good layer, fair size, fantastic looks [I want]

    Hope this helps! But feed is very costly so you will need to find a supplier. Also you will need a coop before birds.
     
  9. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
     
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
     

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