Hi from Minnesota

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GrayDragon, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. GrayDragon

    GrayDragon Chillaxin

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    I've just started my research into raising chickens, and found this website.

    I'm not totally unfamiliar with raising chickens, my neighbors back in CA had them when I was a little girl and I assisted with their care, even observed the butchering and processing a few times.

    Now my husband, kid, and I are in Minnesota, living in an older farmhouse with a chicken coop already on the property that seems like it just needs a bit of minor repair work to make functional. Since my kid is now getting old enough to be, well, if not helpful, then just not an active hindrance, I've been thinking about getting a dozen or so chicks for the coop. It's pretty good sized with a large fenced in area (coop is about 8'x20', divided by an interior door at the 10' mark, and the yard is about 20'x20').

    We have a fairly nice garden to provide for plenty of chicken treats, and there are a couple good local feed stores that seem to have all the goodies chickens need easily available.

    So now I'm just trying to figure out what kinds of chickens to get, how many would provide for a nice flock without being overwhelming for a beginner, how to provide adequate shelter for chickens during a Minnesota winter. I'm looking for a bred that is a decent layer with good meat quality, and the whole brown vs white thing is a non-issue, you can make good gelato from both.

    I'm also looking for a good local hatchery as I've heard a few horror stories about chicks shipped via mail.

    So, to sum up: Hello, and I expect to spent some time here over the next month or so
     
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    That sounds perfect! You should be well on your way then. Keep us posted on your progress with some pics!! By the way, [​IMG] from S. Florida! We're glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  3. jjdward

    jjdward How bout them DAWGS!

    May 4, 2009
    Buchanan, Georgia
    Welcome to BYC. You will love it here. You can get all kinds of help and info. Good luck. You may get more answers if you post your questions in the specific area. So again, [​IMG]
     
  4. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    [​IMG] from WI. Sounds like you are off to a good start. Check the thread about coop construction...it will give you some good ideas including pictures (inside and out). Also has a thread about winterizing your coop and run, heated waterers, lighting etc. You can check Feathersite, BYC breed site and my favorite...Henderson's Chicken Breed chart for breeds that meet your needs and interests. Sounds like you are looking at dual purpose breeds....I was reluctant to mail order chickens (plus I only have 5) and asked around at feed stores etc locally. But I wanted heritage breeds. Found somone a couple of towns over when I googled heritage livestock. You may also want to post this question on the "I am here? Where are you" section , you may have someone nearby breeding chickens [​IMG]
     
  5. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Lutz,FL
    [​IMG] from Lutz,FL
     
  6. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    welcome from Ct. [​IMG]
     
  7. eaganchickens

    eaganchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2008
    Eagan,MN
    [​IMG] from Eagan, MN!

    Where did you find out about BYC?
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2009
  8. lorieMN

    lorieMN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello...where are you MN?..
     
  9. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    A big Texas size [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008
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