Hello from Michigan!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Specialk3749, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Specialk3749

    Specialk3749 New Egg

    Sep 17, 2012

    My name is Karen and I am a stay at home mom of 7 children. We have raised egg laying chickens in the past, but because of a heavy population of raccoons, we no longer have any. The kids have been raising meat chickens to sell at our local fair for the past couple of years and have had fun doing it. My 4yo son was sad to see the chickens go this year so I promised him that I would get him some more egg layers because he LOVED taking care of the chickens. We have gotten the raccoon population down, so it is time to start all over again...I am thinking early spring getting some chicks. I am here to see what breed others have had success at for egg layers. I look forwad to meeting you all!
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG] Good luck with rebuilding your layer flock [​IMG]
  3. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Hello! Welcome to BYC and ...

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  4. Specialk3749

    Specialk3749 New Egg

    Sep 17, 2012
    Thank you for the welcome!
  5. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    Hey SpecialK! I am from Michigan too. Know all about those coons. Had one take out nearly an entire coop of SQ silkies. Just an awful day that was.

    ANYWAY! Be sure to check out the Michigan thread here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/697050/michigan-thread-all-are-welcome

    I have faverolles, GL and SLW, NH, Silkie, bantam cochins and then a bunch of mutts. My best layers are NH, they lay every day... well did. One just hatched chicks. The silkie hen will lay a few days, then take a day off, then lay a day, and take one off. The bantam cochins lay about 5 week, the faverolle girls lay 4-6 a week. The GLW lays daily, the other 3 are only at POL. The mutts are mostly FAV crosses, and they pretty much lay 5-6 eggs a week also. All of my birds are chosen for kid friendliness. Some I just got because it was a JUST GOTTA HAVE IT! buy. LOL.

    Anyway, be sure to have a secure coop for egg layers next year, and pray for a good winter. This winter was too mild, and too many kits survived for a coon explosion. A hot wire too... yup.

    Welcome to BYC!
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Sorry to hear about your past troubles with the coons. I hear hardware cloth is pretty good at keeping them out of your chicken coop. Good luck with the restart!
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Specialk3749, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here. Lots of good breeds to choose from. Depends a lot on if you want just sheer numbers of white eggs, or are looking for brown or other shades. Good luck with getting your layer flock back!
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I just got some Euskal Oiloa (Basque chickens) this summer and have been very happy with them so far
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California!
  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. :thumbsup

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