Introduction and request for suggestions

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Stuffeshead, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. Stuffeshead

    Stuffeshead New Egg

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    Hello BYCers,

    While I've been lurking and reading the board for about six months, this is my first time posting a message. Let me begin by thanking everyone for the great participation that results in such wonderful information and advice on this board!

    For many reasons, I will be getting a few birds in the summer after we relocate to our new location (and potentially building a new house). Because it will be summer, I'm thinking of getting 3 or 4 hens for egglaying this year (2009). If all goes well, and the family learns to share the responsibilities of the birds, we may try a run of 30-50 meat birds next year (2010) in a separate coop from the eggers.

    I'll be free-ranging and night-cooping the egglayers I get this year. With only three or four in the mix, I plan to use a semi-temporary contraption for coop/run plans this year - maybe even a tractor. For next year, we'll construct a permanent habitation for them and for the meat birds, if that comes to pass.

    For this year's egglaying birds, I'm thinking about BOs or similar mainstream variety for easy temperament and reliable production.

    Considering my plans from this year to next, I'd love to hear any practical suggestions about how to be more efficient with the small laying flock this year and meat birds next year (or whenever it may or may not happen).

    Thanks to all for the invaluable comments you regularly post on the board and for any help you might give me on this question!

    Stuffeshead
     
  2. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    [​IMG] from TN!

    We started with a few birds and a tractor. They only had 'free play' when we were home from work.

    Now that we have a permanent structure, it's kind of a relief. It's MUCH more secure and I think cleaning it out is easier than moving the tractor.
     
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  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    [​IMG] from southeast TN
    wegotchickens you stole my greeting. [​IMG]
     
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    Welcome...

    only suggestion...get more birds!
     
  5. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Quote:[​IMG] Beatcha to it!!

    Which is rare. You must live on the BYC newbie site....
     
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Quote:[​IMG] Beatcha to it!!

    Which is rare. You must live on the BYC newbie site....

    [​IMG] I have WAY to much time on my hands. [​IMG]
     
  7. timbofarms

    timbofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Welcome West TN. Tractor them for awhile and learn about your knew loction find out about any preditor problems.
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I have nothing especially pithy to say, but a) welcome to BYC and b) yours is one of the most sensible and well thought out plans I've seen laid out here this year [​IMG]

    Have fun,

    Pat
     
  9. Stuffeshead

    Stuffeshead New Egg

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    Quote:Thanks, Pat. The "well thought out" portion of my plans came from reading BYC message board posts for the last 6 months and brainstorming. That combined with my realization of the difficulties of relocating my family made me see reason and decide to postpone the meat bird plan until after we were settled.

    Now, if I could only shake the desire to get a few of those "evil" silkies....

    Stuffeshead
     
  10. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    fight the silkies...they are bad...get OEGBs!!!
     

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