Hello from Pickaway County!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pinkmartin73, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. pinkmartin73

    pinkmartin73 Chirping

    Jan 29, 2015
    Pickaway County, Ohio
    Quick introduction....

    My name is Kristina and I live with my husband and 11 year old son in central ohio. I also have a 19 yr old son currently serving with the USMC in Romania but should be home very soon and I have a 21 yr old daughter who is currently expecting our first grand baby.

    Our current "livestock" consists of 2dogs, a cat, 10 or so hermit crabs, and a rat. Having been raised on a farm I have this need to raise my own food. Its so self-satisfying! However, our current property just isnt suitable in size or location for much more than gardening.

    My son has been really wanting to take an animal in 4-H, but is very soft-hearted. The animals I took in 4-H were all raised for meat and sold. He just can't deal with that. (I've been looking for a way to talk my hubby into chickens for some time) My son & hubby LOVE farm raised eggs! Solution? 4-H egg production project! We have explained that once hens stop producing they will provide meat. He's good with that as long as he doesn't have to kill them himself :) Thank goodness he loves chicken and noodles! I get chickens, we get eggs, my son has to take care of them since its his project! Win,win,win!

    Anyway, I'm researching to decide what type of coop and run to build. We will begin with 8-10 chicks in late March. Eventually will keep, in a perfect world, up to 15. I have a friend with a few hens who we may do some trading with as well.

    Quick intro got kinda long! Oops!
    Have learned so much from everyone here already when I was lurking before joining. Its a wonderful resource that I'm grateful to have:)
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    What a lovely intro! You will definitely want to stop by our coops pages for some ideas on building your coop. Just keep in mind that each chicken will need 4 to 5 square feet per bird in the coop and 10 square feet per bird in the run, and this will help keep the aggression down in your flock....https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

    While you are there, stop by our learning center too. Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping your new birds...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Enjoy this new journey you are on! If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
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  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!
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  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    TwoCrows has given you some helpful links to look at. Has your son decided which breeds he wants to raise yet? I'm sure you'll all enjoy chickens immensely- it is such an educational and fun adventure![​IMG]
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
  6. AmericanKraut

    AmericanKraut Songster

    Jun 2, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you're here! [​IMG]

    I hope you find lots of helpful information. I second that the coops pages here are really helpful for lots of ideas. Pinterest is another helpful site for lots and lots of ideas.

    This site also has plans to build to different types of chicken coops: Chicken Coop Plans or even just to get more ideas. On the left menu on that site they have ready-made coops, too.
  7. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Lovely to meet you!!
  9. pinkmartin73

    pinkmartin73 Chirping

    Jan 29, 2015
    Pickaway County, Ohio

    I've been reading a lot about deep litter method. Seems like a good way to feed the garden. Still working out what type of floor for the coop tho. Like the idea of linoleum but want the litter to compost and provide some warmth in the winter. So many decisions!
  10. pinkmartin73

    pinkmartin73 Chirping

    Jan 29, 2015
    Pickaway County, Ohio

    From what other 4-H chicken keepers tell me the judge at the fair looks more at the size of the poulet or hen and how large of an egg she should lay than at how productive the breed is. Makes no sense but he tends to prefer full body breeds and particularly Brahma white. We havent made a concrete decision. He also loves the idea of blue eggs so we are looking into whether ameraucauna qualifies for the fancy class?

    Any input is greatly appreciated!

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