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5 Years
Apr 21, 2014
Hi All !

I am from Thunder Bay, ON, Canada and recently moved from the city to 123 acres on the shores of Lake Superior. One of the first things on my list of "things-to-do" when I moved was to get chickens so I could have my own eggs. The winter lasted forever up here and I spent a few weeks building my coop and run - in the snow and below freezing temps so my "girls" would be happy and their house would be complete when I picked them up. I used this site, and the advice of many of the users here to build a coop with nest boxes accessible from the outside, multi level roosting bars (which they aren't using yet, haha ) and an outdoor run approx 150 sq ft that is temporary until the ground completely thaws and I can make it a little bigger. I just picked up the ladies last thursday. 18 ready-to-lay "brown betty's". I was as nervous as a first time mother, I think I checked on them about 30 times that night!! I also ended up with 4 ducklings(2 Pekin and 2 Rouen) - 3 days old.. yeesh! At least they will be in the house until the weather warms up and I will have a chance to build them an appropriate house and run as well!

I just want to say thanks for the advice so far,and in advance for the future questions I'm sure to have !! I'm excited for this new venture in my life. This is a great site with a lot of great knowledge and experience within its users.




Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Mar 21, 2011
New Mexico, USA
My Coop
My Coop

Welcome to BYC!

Congrats on your new flock of girls!! And yes, you guys have such brutal winters up there, it is wonder you got the coop even built!!

We do have a thread for Ontario Canada that you might join in on. I don't know how active it is, but maybe you can fire it up a bit. But you might want to find out how others survive your brutal winters...

Enjoy this new adventure you are on!! If you have any questions, that is what we are here for. Enjoy all those fresh eggs, and Welcome to our flock!
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In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 18, 2014
Wow! Welcome I'm new to the website as well but have been a long time fan. I have been mostly in waterfowl and pheasants these past 20+ years but lived in New York so familiar with the weather there. Plenty of knowledgeable people here to help out when you run into problems so don't be afraid to ask. There are no stupid questions in my books. We all started out at some point and you never know it all. Jo

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Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Aug 26, 2009
Out to pasture
Hope you can eat all those eggs that will be coming soon. They make great gifts for neighbors and build good will so many they won't complain about anything.

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