Hello from Redford Michigan

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by newchickky, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. newchickky

    newchickky Out Of The Brooder

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    Quick introduction. I am a mom of 2 boys living in Redford, Michigan planning to start our little backyard chicken project. We are in the process of converting our old doghouse to a chicken coop and looking for a reputable place to get layers. I would ideally like to have them before winter, but am not sure if I should get chicks or pullets at this time of year. I have a ton of questions. Some I have been able to find answers for on this forum, but others I am still searching for. For instance:
    1. Is it really necessary to raise the dog house off the ground?
    2. The location of the doghouse is in the shade with peeks of sunlight, is that enough, or should we consider moving it?
    3. I was thinking of starting with 3 hens - 4 hens. Is there a magic number for a small flock to avoid picking??

    Looking forward to all the wealth of information.
     
  2. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

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    I keep my dog houses on and off the ground. If I have them on the ground I try to move them because rats like it under there. I like to life them up to so they dont burrow under it. My dog houses are in the field all over. In shade and out of shade. I use mine for the broody hens to set in. I cant tell you how many to get because you will get a few and a few more and then a few more. You will be like all of us...HOOKED! Nice to have you!
     
  3. newchickky

    newchickky Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess we will raise it then, just to prevent the temptation of any burrowing vermin.

    I do feel like I am going to end up with a bunch of chickens soon enough - our township doesn't have any rules about the amount. I thought I would start out small and get the hang of managing the manure and all other chicken-like tasks. Thanks for the reply.

    Is there any recommendations out there for a cold weather laying hen that has a nice temperament.
     
  4. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    [​IMG] from the West Branch area

    I grew up in Farmington, though [​IMG]

    For cold-weather layers, I'd recommend Wyandottes, Plymouth Rocks or Easter Eggers. Most hybrids like Gold Comets and Black Stars do good too.
     
  5. Chic-Zebo Girl

    Chic-Zebo Girl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello back at ya, also from Michigan, Delton to be exact. We are just south of Grand Rapids. We started our flock this last spring with 8 day old chicks from mypetchicken.com. We selected Easter Eggers and Faverolles because they are good cold weather layers and hardy as well. I would suggest elevating your coop to keep the predators and vermin out better.
     
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     

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