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Howdy from Maine

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Zyxthior, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Zyxthior

    Zyxthior In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2009
    Hello everyone.

    A few years back my wife and I bought our first house out in the countryside of Poland, Maine (where Poland Spring Water comes from) and I've been thinking about trying my hand and raising a few chickens to get some fresher eggs (the wife who is an avid animal lover has 'axed' any concept of raising chickens for meat).

    Right now I'm just in the initial 'planning' stages of doing this. My background is in Accounting & Computer so 'farm' life is pretty new to me. I just realized today (through reading through other sites and posts) that hens don't need a rooster to lay eggs (they're just unfertilized eggs). I had no idea about that...

    My first "big" decision is what breed to start out with. Right now I'm only thinking about having 4 hens....something easy to get started with. At first glance the White Leghorn appears to be the ideal Egg Layer, but now that I'm reading up on 'Personalities', it appears these little buggers aren't the most friendly. Now I'm leaning more towards the Golden Comet as I'm reading that these tend to be more friendly birds. And living in the colder climate of Maine it appears Comets are more hardy.

    I have two daughters, ages 3 and 1 and would like a breed that will be good for them to interact with (in the case of the 1 year old, when she's a few years older...)

    I've been on a 'sustainable' living kick for the past twelve months or so, planting a couple Honey Crisp Apple trees, planning for other fruit trees, and getting ready to plant a small 10x10 garden.

  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    hello Zyxthior, welcome to byc. I started with red sex link also. The hens were fairly small for the size of egg they laid, a nice big brown egg, they laid well, and they were calm and friendly. I think it would be a good choice.
  3. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hello and [​IMG] from NC
  4. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
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  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

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  8. wingnut1

    wingnut1 Crazy Bird Lady

    Hi Zyxthior!

    Welcome!!! [​IMG]
  9. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
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  10. countrygirlatheart

    countrygirlatheart Songster

    Apr 1, 2009
    Huffman Texas
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