Hello from WY

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by masawyer, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. masawyer

    masawyer New Egg

    Dec 26, 2010
    We moved to WY last year and we haven't bought any chickens here yet. I am interested in purchasing heritage breeds. Do they need commercial layer mash in order to lay? If not, what do they need in order to lay? What would be a hearty breed to get for this area?

    I am glad to stumble onto this site. What a WEALTH of information.

    Marsha in WY, Mom to 9, Grammy to 2
  2. LivinNewDreamInND

    LivinNewDreamInND Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    [​IMG] from ND . I am actually from WY and my family and I are on our way there now to visit relatives.
  3. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Hi there! Welcome from western Kentucky! This is a GREAT place to hang out and spend an hour or two... or seven... or all night, or... [​IMG] You are likely to run across LOTS of people who are friendly and gracious about sharing their experiences, their triumphs, their failures, their joys, and their heartbreak regarding all facets of life and animal husbandry, (and not just chickens!). You may also run across a few horse's patoots, but don't let them chase you off! As to laying chickens needing commercial laying mash, I don't feed mine the mash because it sours very quickly on our warm humid spring & summer days. On recommendation from the vet, I feed medicated chick starter to all my chickens, guineas, the turkey (1 blue slate hen turkey who THINKS she's a chicken!), and the ducks because apparently we have a BOATLOAD of coccidia oocysts in the soil here -- I've had some losses of both chicks, full grown chickens, and a duck to coccidiosis. I keep oyster shell out for the hens free-choice, and they freerange over the run and our very large backyard except when it's really icy or snowy like it is right now. The main difference between layer feed and other is the added calcium in the layer feeds. The layer feed is also somewhat lower in protein levels than the Flock Raiser or Game bird Chow or something like that, but because I have a mixed flock, I buy something they can all eat without having to buy several different varieties of food. You may want to do a little research on the different heritage breeds, and decide on a breed with a pea comb or rose comb since they can handle the cold a little better than those breeds with the large, multipointed combs (they can be susceptible to frostbite, and can lose a lot of body heat through those big combs). Again, welcome!
  4. masawyer

    masawyer New Egg

    Dec 26, 2010
    Thanks for the welcome and the info. I hadn't thought of the comb being an issue.

    Marsha in WY, Mom to 9 and grammy to 2
  5. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Welcome from Eastern Wa. I like barred rocks but thats just me. Good luck with your selection, lots to choose from.
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good advice given. [​IMG]
  7. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from North Carolina
  8. Peipooch

    Peipooch Out Of The Brooder

    Welcome to the site! I'm originally from Cheyenne. You'll find a lot of good info here.

  9. henhound

    henhound Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 23, 2010
    Orangevale, CA
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from California!
  10. carolineloesch

    carolineloesch New Egg

    Mar 2, 2016
    Hi from Gillette Wyoming....first time mothrerhen ....

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