"Just winging it" "isn't cutting it"!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by StrawberryCtr, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. StrawberryCtr

    StrawberryCtr New Egg

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    Ok, so I moved here to Plant City three years ago. I immediately built a very large hen house (an old carport I moved to the back of the property) with makeshift nesting boxes and a fenced in large run.... Then I just picked a breed from a chart and ordered... Wow! What a mistake. I don't want to offend anyone by dissing breeds, but for me the Dominique were not what I was looking for. Now, two years later, and a little better studied on the subject, I'm considering changing the breed entirely. My hens aren't laying well at all any longer, and its back to the drawing board. I've remodeled the coupe, even with new nesting boxes, and have been getting the yard ready for free-ranging (still fenced in away from the dogs and other predators but able to scratch through the composting and vegetation out back in a corner of the property). So, I hope to get some guidance and education and have been real thankful for the site so far. It is much appreciated and I'm glad to finally be in here.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Why don't you have a browse through the Breeds section here? You can pick breeds according to your preferences, e.g. good layers, not frequently broody, cold hardy etc. Have fun!
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Google the Henderson chicken chart, really good breed information. I also really like my Euskal Oiloa (basque chickens), they are a great all-purpose breed and heat-tolerant
     
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  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, StrawberryCtr, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us. Sorry your dominques didn't work out for you. I concur with the advice of sumi and 1muttsfan. Best of luck to you!
     
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California, you've received some good advise, best of luck to you.
     
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    joesmania Out Of The Brooder

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  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  10. StrawberryCtr

    StrawberryCtr New Egg

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    New Buff Orpingtons (50+5males)! Stromberg's, very timely service and very healthy chicks! Also got the EcoGrow heater from them. LOVE IT! Made the brooder box, understanding it won't hold them for very long. Going this morning and getting better feeders (had to take the top off the sliding tray because they kept climbing in the holes and getting stuck) and a watering system that can warm the water. Refilling every few hours with warm water is a joke. But, all in all, happy so far! My Dominiques must have known something is up; egg production just picked up! ;-) Thanks to everyone here and the site for all of the helpful information! I will keep you posted on our progress!
     

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