Hello from S.E. Indiana

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Doopy, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. Doopy

    Doopy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone. My name is Doopy and we have just purchased a mini-farm in southeast Indiana. Years ago we had a small farm in south central Ohio but sold everything we owned to purchase a motor home to tour the country. We lived in our motor home for several years and really enjoyed the gypsy lifestyle. We volunteered at many National Parks and Fish and Wildlife Preserves from Florida to Washington state and from Maine to S. California.

    Eventually the need for "roots" and the desire to have a home base got to us and we purchased a very rural place in Indiana. Along with a barn and other out-buildings we have acquired a very nice 6 ft. x 8 ft. raised chicken coop with a 40 ft. x 20 ft. fenced run.

    Your suggestions are welcome for advice on our "chicken family" plans . . . we still plan to head south during the winter months (December through March ???) and would like to know if it would be possible to have laying and meat chickens in April through November?

    I would really like to make a brooder and raise our own young'uns but our "season" may be too short.

    Wacha think?
     
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    You can definitely raise meat chickens in that amount of time (just need 8 weeks), but what I'm wondering, is if you leave from Dec. through Mar. what do you plan on doing with the laying hens? Because if you raise those from chicks in the spring, they will start laying before you leave, but then what?? I guess the first thing is just to figure out what you're doing with them when you're down south.
     
  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Hi there Doopy! [​IMG] from S. Florida! Its great to have you here with us!
     
  4. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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  5. Lolita

    Lolita Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Doopy

    Doopy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is my concern as well. What to do with them in the winter time. I certainly do not want to neglect or mis-treat any animal. And I don't know any neighbors well enough yet to see if they would like to have some visitors in their coop over the winter months. Time will tell.

    Thanks for the welcomes, y'all.
     
  7. Smokehouse13

    Smokehouse13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. NGT ANGL

    NGT ANGL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    Locust Grove, VA
    [​IMG] from Virginia!
     
  9. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC from The Pampered Pullets Farm in North Central Florida
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  10. Cornychick

    Cornychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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