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Howdy from Maine

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by blackbriar, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. blackbriar

    blackbriar Hatching

    Feb 9, 2015
    Saint Albans, Maine
    Karen here

    My family bought our cabin on 20 ac last summer and I couldn't wait for our RIR chicks to come in the mail. We have 6 RIR hens, 2 Aruacana (sp) hens, a RIR roo and a Buff Polish roo (he was a mystery chick who tagged along with our RIRs from McMurray and whom we can't bear to cull). They are dealing with our harsh winter very well despite the poorly ventilated coop which I will be modifying bigtime come spring. The hens are giving us 6-7 eggs a day which I am freezing for later use. Our flock is spoiled mightily with all kinds of food scraps from our kitchen and the local grocery store where I get a big box of mixed outdated food every week.

    I just won a complete beehive last night that was a door prize at the bee-keeping seminar I attended. Looks like I will be starting bees this spring now instead of next spring. :)

    We are slowly on our way to becoming self-sufficient.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC!! [​IMG]

    Sounds like you have a lovely flock and are getting through the winter ok! Winters sure are brutal. But with sufficient venting in your coop, they should do just fine.

    Congrats on winning the bee hive!! How interesting. I have always wanted to try raising bees, but never got started. Enjoy this new hobby!!

    Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
  3. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. blackbriar

    blackbriar Hatching

    Feb 9, 2015
    Saint Albans, Maine
    Thank you!!!! [​IMG]
  6. N F C

    N F C you heard the cat, smile! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hi and welcome to BYC! Sounds like you are really enjoying your birds. Congrats on winning the bees!
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".

    It sounds like you have a nice flock with a variety of breeds! I'm glad to hear that they're weathering the winter well- it can be so difficult caring for chickens in winter.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We'll be happy to help in any way we can.[​IMG]
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    It sounds like you have a lovely flock! Winter can certainly be hard on chickens, and it is good that your birds (and their egg production!) aren't being too adversely affected.

    Good luck with your flock, and any beekeeping adventures!
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. Congratulations on winning the beehive. That sounds like an exciting addition to raising chickens. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Congrats on the bee hive! We all are addicted to chickens here so you'll fit right in![​IMG]

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