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Hello from Vermont - 9 ladies laying

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lynn-n-JimsVT, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. Lynn-n-JimsVT

    Lynn-n-JimsVT Chirping

    Sep 14, 2016
    9 Golden Eggs! We started our chicken parent lives with 9 chicks from Tractor Supply last spring with 9 RSA red laying hens. Honestly we figured we'd probably lose a few along the way but it just didn't happen. The little fuzzy wonders started out in our bathrooms and then went to the guest room in a St. Bernard crate as they got bigger. Then they moved out to the coop and thankfully winter went away pretty quickly. They started laying eggs in July and we now consistently get 8-9 per day. We feed them organic non gmo from a company here in VT as well as supplementing scraps, grass and scratch feed. The ladies are quite a group and we love them and the fine food they give us daily. We have given away some eggs but have recently begun putting them up for winter in water glass solution. Also we've been making a bunch of home made egg pasta for winter as well.

    I'm posting some pics. We are at 1900 ft in the Green Mtns of Vermont and so our chickens are in the run a lot but also in our fenced in[​IMG]




    yard. Lately we've had some rather large hawks show up to say hello so I'm working on ideas to protect them (their run is overhead netted. Falls here and winter wont be far behind so there are many projects to get done, but my next chicken project is to build a pitch roof awning over their run to slough snow. In a normal winter up here we will have 3-4 feet of snow pack and a heavy winter haha. It's gonna be fun getting the ladies through this winter.

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC, sounds like you have very contented hens. Please do watch out for raptors, they migrate now and drop down for easy meals along the way. You don't want your coop on their restaurant list. I don't think netting is strong enough to keep them out. Please check out the predator threads for any advice they can offer you.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. You have a fine set of girls there! D/Diva has given you some good advice. All that talk of snow makes me shiver - thank goodness that stuff is but a distant memory to me [​IMG]

    Best wishes
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Those hens are gorgeous! Wonderful quality pics too! [​IMG]

    They seem like a happy bunch and it sounds like you are really enjoying them. [​IMG] Thanks for sharing and, again, welcome to our community!
  5. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Hi and welcome to BYC! Beautiful pictures! Thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome. Happy you joined our community! Beautiful birds!
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

  8. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2016
    Surrounded by the Amish
    Hello from Michigan! And welcome to BYC I'm glad you decided to join us. MP is right those are some great photos you should enter them in one of the many photo contests we have on here
  9. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    Welcome to BYC! What lovely ladies! And I agree with the others, your pics are great!
  10. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    I love these birds! My Reba is such a sweetheart. And yes, I get that once a day egg..most weeks. I have to always have at least one of the RSL's in my small flock. :)

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