Hi, from Randolph Maine

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by eggepay, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. eggepay

    eggepay New Egg

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    I don't have any chickens yet..I'm concerned that our town ordinance allows us to have them, just we can't have a coop or even a space in a shed to keep them...kinda tough on the birds in a Maine winter...so I'm thinking that ordinace needs to be changed before I bring a few birds into the fold..or maybe not..[​IMG]...the "fold" currently consists of 2 dogs, 5 cats, a few fish and 3 Bahama anoles..there's also a kid or two roaming around..we live in a rather close, see into ur neighbors home kind of space with those neighbors being on the elderly side and set in their ways and extremely nosy and controlling...I've introduced composting and organic growing to my little plot of earth and think chickens are the next step toward a certain level of independence from the expense of grocery shopping and what that entails..plus it's just the coolest to get an egg still warm from the chicken..spent a year on a farm..feeding scraps to their birds and gathering the eggs...so any advice is welcome, what kinds of birds are best up here in the cold, etc...thanks for reading...peggy
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington & good luck.

    imp
     
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
     
  4. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida. I'm like you. A very tightly housed community, with extremely nosy neighbors. Quite elderly to boot. I know where you are coming from. Am trying to get our ordanance varied so that I can keep my girls here. Good luck to you as well, and do keep us posted.
     
  5. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
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  6. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC!
     
  7. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    I did a lot of research before I got my Russian Orloffs and Brabanters. The are endangered and are excellent winter layers. There are a bunch of New Englanders on this forum now, and they will give you many ideas!
     
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  8. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    [​IMG] from Michigan, Peggy! I can help you out with the cold winter stuff. Anything I can help you with, just let me know! [​IMG]
     
  9. Cheryl

    Cheryl Chillin' With My Peeps

  10. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello from Chicago's suburbs! As for cold weather, we worry too. When the temp got down to 8-below, my husband called me at work and informed me that "the chickens came inside, I was just too scared for the Silkies" so we made a winter coop in the basement. Which is fine for the chickens, their happiest endeavor is to snoop around inside the house anyhow. So it smells of cedar chips in here, which could be worse. They have officially moved in. Just like pet dogs (or cats), they're sent outside bright and early to poke around in the yard, and they enjoy that too. But they come throwing themselves at the door and the windows promptly at 7pm to come in for bedtime. Don't know how to transition back to outdoor cooping once that project is complete....afraid of hurting their feelings. But there's something very therapootic about scooping poop whether its inside or out. Long as we keep it tidy, everyone's happy. Good luck! Write back to tell us how it's going! Check my homepage too, see our suburban house with chicken-
     

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