Hello from Sudbury! (Northern Ontario)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NorthernOntario, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. NorthernOntario

    NorthernOntario Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 19, 2010
    Hi all,

    So I finally quit lurking and joined the ranks of my fellow BYC'ers. My wife and I live on an acre out in the country, and we're very excited at the thought of getting some chickens in the back yard. This is our first winter in the house, so next spring will be our first attempt at getting the veggie gardens going, setting up a chicken coop, and various other projects.

    I'm also a relatively new beekeeper; started last spring. I went into the winter with 6 hives, although one was fairly weak... so we'll see how things pan out in the spring. Of course, this means I have tons of honey around, so I may experiment with giving the chickens honey (once they're mature) to supplement their diet.

    And of course, the DIY'er in my is excited... building a coop, building a run, tinkering with automatic run-door setups. My biggest concern is building the coop too small, and wanting more space for more chickens! The second-biggest concern is building the coop to be well insulated, since it gets COLD here in the winter. We've had a couple -30C days and nights already this year, although we're in a bit of a warm spell right now, sitting right around the freezing mark, which means more moisture in the air. Last winter was a cold one, with weeks of temps in the -25C to -40C (before wind-chill). So that coop will be well insulated!

    We're planning on layers this year, and maybe some meat birds next year. We'd also like to get a couple milk-goats, and a muscovy duck or two (to help with the mosquito's and blackflies).

    Bring on the chicks!
  2. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
  3. Cornychick

    Cornychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    Sebastian County, AR
  4. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas size [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. australorp_breeder

    australorp_breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    Welcome to BackYardChickens from California! If you ever have any questions about chickens feel free to PM me!
  6. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2007
    [​IMG] from Missouri [​IMG]
  7. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Welcome from southern Ontario, formerly from alot more north than you! (near timmins.) Definitely plan your coop to bigger than you think you need!! (as you probably have figured out, chickens are addicting.) [​IMG]
  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

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

    Apprentice_egger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 26, 2009
    Morrisville, Vermont
  10. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    [​IMG] from UT! Glad you joined us! I'd love to go into beekeeping one day, sounds like fun! And fresh honey, YUM!!

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