Hi from Southern VT

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JonE, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. JonE

    JonE New Egg

    Sep 17, 2011

    My name is Jon, and I think I can say I'm a new member here. I found this site about a week ago and have been reading a lot and looking at the coop designs.

    As far as my chickens - I don't have any yet, but I will tell you the story and say that I am looking for any hints, tips and advice you all can give.

    I an an engineer that designs septic systems. I was at a customer's house doing some survey work and he had a flock of about a dozen Rhode Island Reds wandering about. Free range and he had a little tiny rolling coop, maybe 4 x 6, that had two nesting boxes in it. The hens, he said, were born in April 2011, and were laying about 24-30 eggs every three days (that's for the whole flock, obviously). Anyway, he asked if I wanted to buy the flock.... I asked why, he said that he did not want to support them through the winter.

    Now, my family has been wanting to get chickens for a few years, so I have been doing research on what to get and when. I have the Storey book, a bunch of Grit and Mother Earth News with chicken articles, and a lot of time online. I had decided that we would probably get a few (maybe 5 or 6) Orpington chicks in the spring, but this comes along. It's more chickens than I wanted, and I don't have anything for a coop yet (although I have no problem building something soon).

    So I told him, anyway, that we would take them ($9 each) and I am gonna be a chicken owner. I would appreciate any advice or helpful hints on what to do right, and make sure that these hens stay healthy, adapt to a new home and new coop, keep laying (even if they stop during the winter that's OK) and generally not make me regret the decision.

    If it matters, I live on a hillside in the middle of the woods, have nearly no lawn to speak of, but lots of food for the chickens - worms, bugs, wild apples, etc. I also plan on feeding them kitchen scraps, and I have an unlimited supply of pine shavings and wood chips for bedding (from my wood shop and from the local road crew and tree services, respectively). Also have a good custom feed store nearby and a Tractor Supply in town as well.

    I am going to spend the next few weekends building a coop and run, and hopefully pick up the chickens in mid-October. They will be confined to their coop and run most of the time, although I will let them free-range when someone's home, usually 3-4 days a week. We have the usual predators - raccoons, hawks, foxes, skunks and what we call "coy dogs" seem to be most prevalent. I have to make sure that nothing gets in the coop at night - I'm open to pretty much anything - lights, electric fence, buried fence, whatever.
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  3. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    [​IMG] Welcome! It's a great place to visit & learn!
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  5. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    [​IMG] You will become addicted very quickly... [​IMG]
  7. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    Hi Jon, welcome to BYC from Northern Connecticut! Enjoy your new hobby!

  8. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!!
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. My usual advice when is comes to building a coop is to use screws instead of nails. Changes always are needed. [​IMG]
  10. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] and welcome to BYC [​IMG] from Hesperia, Ca

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