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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BridgeMan, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. BridgeMan

    BridgeMan Out Of The Brooder

    My wife and I (she doesn't know it yet) are, I hope, soon to be chicken owners. She's been bugging me for years about the joys of owning the little critters (she had them as a child, growing up), and I kept putting her off. Now, I recently decided that maybe having good, fresh eggs whenever we want them would be worth the hassle (joy?) of owning the birds. Will be researching this wonderful site to get ideas on the best birds to buy, the best coop to build, the best feed to use, etc., etc. We live on a 1.5 acre plot in central Oregon, with a good expanse of grass (which I don't enjoy cutting like I used to) and lots of tall fir trees around the perimeter. Now I just have to figure out the most practical way to keep the girls from freezing come cold weather. I'm thinking about a movable tractor that I can move around the property to keep them from obliterating the vegetation.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] A small flock of chickens will mow the lawn for you, for sure! And fertilise it while they're at it. Here are some sections you can look at to help you plan your chicken adventures:

    General and getting started:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Coops and housing:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

    and: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...cken-coop-winterization-project-with-pictures

    Breeds:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    and: http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    General chicken questions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/204/backyardchickens-forum-faq#post_1198

    (scroll down to second post)

    Have fun and keep us posted!
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, BridgeMan, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! Looks like Sumi has you well supplied with research material. You will be all set! One bit of addition...make sure you predator-proof your coop and run - with the woods around you, hungry predators will be just waiting for the chance to snatch your birds. Good luck and have fun!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Good luck with your venture into poultry raising - welcome to BYC.
     

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