Hey - I am new and totally clueless

SLM

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 22, 2009
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Northern Ontario
Hi, my name is Sherry and I live in Northern Ontario.

My sons have decided they wanted chickens for eggs, and of course some for just cooking.

We live on a 1/2 farm lot so have plenty of room for them to free range.

My brother has 10 chickens and gets lots of eggs, so much so we think 10 is too much.

We would like up to 3 dozen eggs per week max.

I will be asking tons of questions and am looking forward to learning my way around this place.
 

Karlachix

Songster
11 Years
Apr 21, 2008
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NorthEast
Welcome!


I got my first chickens last May and I currently have 10 hens. We get a lot of eggs, often 9 a day. Too much for a family of 5. I've recently started selling them to friends though, which is nice because it will pay for the chickens' feed (I won't be making money on it though).

I did a lot of reading here and bought some books and got others out of the library. The FAQ's at the top of the Index are helpful.

Here's a neat website for choosing chicken breeds.
http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
 

SLM

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 22, 2009
41
0
22
Northern Ontario
Thanks for the warm welcomes, I will definitely check out the suggested links.

Hubby just asked more questions, when and how often to feed.

So I guess I will spending a lot of time here researching.

I can honestly say I am getting a little excited about the whole idea.

Of course it is easy to get excited when the boys (16, 15 and 12)
will be in charge of the chickens and hubby will be buying the feed.

My jobs, research, let them out in the morning and collect the eggs. lol
 

chickenannie

Songster
12 Years
Nov 19, 2007
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35
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Pennsylvania
Also, keep in mind that chickens lay eggs seasonally -- meaning spring (right now) they lay like mad because the daylight hours are increasing, and then in the winter you might only get 1/2 as many eggs. Just a thought.
 

pw_quiltworks

One Handy Chick
11 Years
Jan 7, 2009
2,099
144
286
Maine

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SLM

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 22, 2009
41
0
22
Northern Ontario
I remembered from research I did years ago about them laying more or less according to the season, but forgot about it.

Thanks
 

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