Hello from Southern Maine

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Moxiechick, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Moxiechick

    Moxiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi There,

    I'm still in the planning and plotting, scheming and dreaming stage of chicken ownership. It's taken a few months to convince my partner how much improved our life will be once chickens are included in the picture. I think I've finally succeeded, as I received a copy of "City Chicks" (We're rural, but the book is still relevant!), "The Chicken Health Handbook" and a subscription to "Backyard Poultry" for Christmas! [​IMG] We are even going to the NE Poultry Congress Show tomorrow, as we are hoping to find local folks who have the breeds we are interested in, rather than going the shipping route this spring.

    I've been lurking on this site for a few weeks now, getting a lot of great information. I'll be building a coop this spring, and I've found many helpful tips here. We already have our four raised garden beds fenced in, to protect against woodchucks. I'm planning on building a coop with a run within this fenced area, and allowing them in the garden area in early spring and then once the plants have matured and/or been shielded from hungry beaks.

    I started out wanting chickens as source of fresh, humanely raised eggs, but have been very impressed reading about all the good that chickens contribute to the garden. Compost making and eating weeds/weed seeds and all the garden bugs! Any chicken living with us needn't worry about retirement once her egg laying days are over... as long as she's willing to eat bugs and poop, she's more than welcome! (Who am I kidding? They will be pets and always welcome... I'm just weird for considering pooping a bonus I guess.) The breeds I'm considering are Bantam Ameraucanas, Orpingtons, and Wyandottes.

    Sheesh! I haven't even gotten any chickens yet, and I'm already obsessed. What's going to happen once I actually have birds?!!
     
  2. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    from a chicken lover in MA
     
  3. NoelTate

    NoelTate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! I spent a week in the northeast last summer and absolutely fell in love with Maine. You live in a beautiful state!!
     
  4. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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    Edited to remove excessive use of the Welcome smiley, one is sufficient, hundreds slow everyone down
     
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  5. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

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

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    A big Texas size [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Gonzo

    Gonzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] From Indiana! [​IMG]
     
  8. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Ha Ha...Another victim to the chickens! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. Slywoody

    Slywoody Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] From Minnesota.
     
  10. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    Imp
     

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