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Hello from the foothills of Alberta, Canada.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mountain Lori, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. Mountain Lori

    Mountain Lori Chirping

    Apr 1, 2011
    Alberta, Canada
    Hi. Just taking a few minutes to introduce myself.

    I've had a mixed flock of 24 layers for a year and a half now. As I had no prior experience with chickens and there are no vets in my area that deal with poultry, I've relied heavily on the internet for information and advice. This is one of my favorite go-to sites and thanks to you all, I've done pretty well with them.

    I must admit, chicken ranching wasn't something I had ever seen in my future. However, a few years ago, the province reassessed my property tax and changed the status from 'agricultural' to 'market residential'... long story short, here I am.

    This isn't the easiest place to raise chickens on a budget. I'm just 13 miles from the mountains. In the winter, -40 C temperatures and as little as 7 hours of daylight keep them in the coop from November 'til April. Spring doesn't really start until May (if we're lucky) and minus temps return in September. When the weather permits, the girls spend workdays in their run and I let them out for some yard-time when I get home and on weekends. The area is remote and wild - cougars, bears, eagles, owls, coyotes and completely surrounded by forest - so vigilance is paramount.

    I love my girls. I find them relaxing. I love watching them free range, moving in unison over the landscape, like a herd of dinosaurs. I love the way they come running for treats when I call, and I love the purring sounds they make when they're all tucked into the coop at night.

    What else can I say? Chickens are great.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2011

  2. jenanneray

    jenanneray Chirping

    Mar 2, 2011
    Franklinton, NC
    [​IMG] from NC!!

    Chickens are so rewarding!! I love my chickens! Welcome to BYC, there's plenty of helpful threads and people here! [​IMG]

  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  4. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011
    Hello and [​IMG]
  5. tobin123

    tobin123 Songster

    Mar 4, 2009
    [​IMG] and hello
  6. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  7. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia, Ca and [​IMG]

  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama.
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. I do love the wild feel, but I don't like the weather we have hear in Ohio. Your weather would drive me insane. [​IMG]
  10. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    [​IMG] from Indiana!!!! [​IMG]

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