Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SillyChicken, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 12, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I'm from Michigan - eagerly waiting spring and my new chicks due in March/April. I had chickens over 15 years ago and had your basic mix of birds. I missed not having the wonderful eggs to eat. (I wish I kept the old laying boxes etc..)

    We've (my husband and I) have been working on being more self sufficient. We've been gardening and canning, we even canned my venison! It's been fun learning new things. We decided that chickens were going to be better (more fun) to have than rabbits at this time (faster ROI too)... we're starting small! My new home is set on 10 acres and at some point I hope to have some miniature cattle and sheep as well.

    I have a small breeding kennel with 4 mastiffs so the chickens won't be able to be free range, unless I can be with them....it's not likley the dogs will be able to restrain themselves from a chase or other unthinkable things! Plus I've spent alot of $$ on landscaping I don't want destroyed.

    I've ordered 14 (incl 2 roosters) Salmon Faverolles. I felt they would be the best suited for my situation. I'm splitting an order with my SIL who has a small farm down the road from me. I had to get more than I wanted due to order size but I'm sure she would take a few, if they all make it. (I really only want 8 pullets and 1 rooster)

    I have an old outhouse I hauled over from my parents farm 20 years ago...it's been sitting forever waiting for me to do something with it. It's a rather roomy 5x6, 2 seater that needs a little work but I think will make a very cute coop (I've dubbed it Coop di Pooh!

    This is what I have in mind. I'll add an exterior laying box and a small coupula on the roof for extra ventilation (also going to use the current moon slits on the ends for vents) We also have alot of dog kennel panels that we'll use to make runs for the chickens. (we'll use HWC on the lower half & buried, and netting on top) I'm going to go with a dirt floor in the coop and Deep layor bedding (can't wait for some of that fertilizer too).

    I've gotten alot of good ideas from viewing your coop photos etc so I'm excited to get started.

    Last edited: Jan 15, 2010
  2. lighthawk

    lighthawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2009
    Gobles MI
    Welcome aboard Silly! You will have to stop in at the "Michigan" thread in "Where am I where are you" and say hello. Always nice to see new Michiganders on the BYC forum.
  3. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    [​IMG] Coop plans are exciting arn't they?[​IMG]
  4. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    [​IMG] from Washington!

    I love the old outhouse and look forward to you showing us the transformation. And the name... awesome!

    You're gonna love it here!
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us! Should make a real nice coop, come spring! Love your "snow" picture. [​IMG]
  7. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2007
    [​IMG] from Missouri [​IMG]
  8. Cornychick

    Cornychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    Sebastian County, AR
  9. 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!
  10. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    Welcome to BYC. My husband and I have a small chemical free farm in Bowdon GA where we raise and sell eggs and babies of chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys guinease, rabbits, milk goats, beef, pig and more

    Have a blessed and happy time on BYC!

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