Minnesota!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by foxhollow, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    That's so weird Holms, My dogs spend hours with the birds, they kind of hang in the same areas. The birds are not crazy about the butt sniffing habits of the dogs, but other than that they are almost friends.
     
  2. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Yeah they were best friends and then something changed and I dont know what.
     
  3. Scott16475

    Scott16475 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You're living your dream, nordicacres! Welcome to the board.
     
  4. Scott16475

    Scott16475 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got a call earlier today informing me that our new chicks won't be delivered until March 26th instead of the March 12th date they originally told me. They are waiting on more RIR's to hatch and that's the hold up. Instead of shipping our Silver Laced and Barred Rocks one week and the RIR's another, they will wait and ship them together.

    I can wait another two weeks....right?
     
  5. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    Scott,
    Don't hold it against them. I have had to put people off longer than I have wanted for chicks getting hatched. It hasn't been as bad as last year, but this year has been no picnic for hatching so far.


    With that....WELCOME NEWBIES!!! If anyone is looking for chicks this Spring or possibly started birds in late Spring or Summer, give me a shout and see what I have!



    Ralphie, I worry that Bert is more man-bird than your average hen can handle. He has such a great personality though. I can tell from all the stories you tell about him!
     
  6. nordicacres

    nordicacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the warm welcome!


    We bought a 6 1/2 acre hobby farm. About 2 acres of that is a fenced pasture so we are hoping to repurpose an insulated shed into a coop and let the birds free range in the pasture! There are just too many choices out there. I can't decide which way to go! My husband and I were initially hoping for a flock of Icelandic Chickens, but they have proven difficult to find. So we may be starting our flock with an order from Murray McMurray (within driving distance for us). I'm thinking: 8 Easter Egger females (my boys love the idea of colored eggs), 3 Barred Rock females, 3 Blue Laced Red Wyandottes (my middle son's choice) straight run, and 6 Welsummers straight run. We'll keep a rooster from the straight run and just eat the eggs. I'm not ready to delve into egg hatching just yet :)

    Any tips for a newbie raising her first batch of chicks? TY!
     
  7. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    Please keep in mind "chicken Math" when doing this figgering...... Chicken math has been known to knock asunder the best laid plans of Man, Woman and beast...... 6 1/2 acres as I see it is large enough for 100 chickens, 24 turkeys, 12 guineas 3 pigs and 4 dexters........ and 2 unicorns
     
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  8. nj2wv

    nj2wv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was always bad in math. We have 3 acres and about 110 grown chickens outside and about 190 chicks in the house and a cackle surprise due next week. Plus I only went to one of the tsc in our area. I am going to the other one next week.
     
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  9. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    My husband never was fond of Math, so he doesn't get it. He keeps asking, "Whatever happened to just a few hens to lay eggs for us?" I keep about 150-200 breeders about and hatch for almost 6-months out of the year. I don't think he will figure out the equation any time soon.
     
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  10. ejb3810

    ejb3810 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nordicacres welcome to the thread. As relates to the chicks, be totally prepared. Read all that is available on BYC, and if you are going to use a heat lamp in an unheated area have two lamps in case one bulb malfunctions.
     

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