Hello from Trempealeau County, WI USA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Songster

    Jun 17, 2009
    West Central WI
    The eldest son and I are working on his new 4-H Project - Poultry!

    We have just young birds as it is our first year:

    10 Speckled Sussex from Cackle Hatchery through the local feed store May 11 hatch (starting to look more like chickens)

    From Whitmore Farm May 25 hatch (ugly adolescents)
    5 Delawares
    16 Welsummers
    5 Ameraucanas

    And 6 Corn/Rock broilers gifted to us through the project from the local industrial chicken producer June 9 hatch (still fuzzy butts)

    I grew up on a farm with chickens, but this is the first batch I've had in 30 years. The children are enjoying sitting with them and petting them.

    I really like these breeds so far and would like to hear others experience with them.

    We are using homemade hoop-wire-tarp shelters surrounded by premier elctrified poultry net for predator protection. I would love to hear from others on their experiences with this set-up, and if there are cheaper alternatives. Also, is running rope or ribbon back and forth from the tops of the poles good for discouraging hawks?

    It appears the long-suffering spouse is going to let us keep some over winter (great guy), so the kids and I may be here for a while!
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

  3. LilbitChicken

    LilbitChicken Songster

    May 5, 2009
    [​IMG] from Hereford AZ!
    WOW, I am new to that idea....
    we just have the typical LARGE enclosed run/coop..... to avoid our predators.
    BYC is the place to get so much advice and thoughts![​IMG]
  4. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Enjoy the 4-H! I see a lot of people getting involved in it lately! [​IMG]
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    congrats on the chicks

  6. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Howdy neighbor! [​IMG]
  7. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Crowing

    Apr 11, 2009
    Newaygo Michigan
    [​IMG] from Michigan!
  8. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

    Mar 5, 2007
  9. Milliemay

    Milliemay Songster

    May 5, 2009
    Southwest Wisconsin
    [​IMG] from another Wisconsinite. I am south of you, but also by the Mississippi River by Genoa!

    I am Mom to 8 BO's, 4 RIR's, 6 BA's, and 6 Wyandottes. Also have 52 Cornish x's, and 11 Mutt bantam chicks. Aren't chickens fun?!!![​IMG]
  10. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from UT!

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