Hello from Ontario

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jiffy, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Jiffy

    Jiffy New Egg

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    Hello Everyone

    I've been researching raising chickens lately and came across this site and think it might just be the place too be!
    I can't ever remember being around a chicken so I have no idea what I am doing but I would really like to get some chickens soon but am not entirely sure were to start. I assume building the coop would be the best place to start but I am not sure as to what size, because I don't know how many chickens to get. I would like them for the eggs but I'm not even sure of the best layers, how many eggs a chicken can produce in a day?......so I hope you will all have fun teaching me and I can't wait to gain the knowledge and experience.
     
  2. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
     
  4. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    You certainly have your work cut out for you! [​IMG]
    I would suggest you have a sit-down heart-top-heart with yourself and figure out what the max number of chickens you would like is, and build your coop accordingly. Then start searching the threads (the search button is above in the blue like below BackYardChickens Forum) and start looking at coop designs, discussions on the breeds, and caring for your flock. You will want to choose breeds suitable for your weather... we have extreme cold temps here, so I chose pea- and rose-combed birds for my flock to help avoid frostbite.
    This site will help you choose the characteristics in a bird that you want...
    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    Generally, hens only lay one egg a day. I've heard of some laying two a day, but that's not common.
    Good luck, and ask away!
     
  5. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
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    Hi! Where in Ontario? good luck with your chicken and the beggining of your obsession!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Jiffy

    Jiffy New Egg

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    Been going through some stuff in the forum and there is alot to know. Wonder if I'll be getting them this year after all?

    Well start one thing at a time I guess, start with coop and run and see how that goes.

    miss_thenorth - I am in Norfolk County, you?
     
  7. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Quote:Kent county--near Chatham. [​IMG]
     
  8. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Kent county--near Chatham. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] someone else in the north...yipee..
     
  9. Jiffy

    Jiffy New Egg

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    [​IMG] well I can see you two will most likely be very helpful when it comes time to getting the chickens. What breed and were to get them from are two other areas I know nothing about.
     
  10. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    a coop would be a great start...lol

    I have 10 hens and they are just a layer variety from a local hatchery

    http://www.freyshatchery.com/index1.html

    I have 5 people in my house hold and we get more then enough eggs...and trust me we eat a lot of eggs..on average i get about 6 eggs a day in the off season...lol.....we will see what comes in prime time

    my hens are
    3 black sex link
    3 RIR
    and 4 Brahmas

    my hens were hatched april 3rd (ish) 2008 and went outside in the big girl coop in about june

    my biggest issue so far has been freezing water...

    we are planning a coop rebulid this spring/summer
     
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