MN Chickener

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LadyVictorian, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. LadyVictorian

    LadyVictorian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there, name is Chelsea but you can call me Vic. I am an artist/musician born and raised on a horse/hobby farm in MN. I have had chickens on and off for most of my childhood. Mixed breed bantam's back when I was 5 or 6 we raised for meat, a rescued polish hen named Somba when I was about 15 who ended up getting eaten by a neighbors run away stray dog, and my latest only about 2 years ago our Red Star hen who got nabbed by a coyote. (She was also a rescue). After not having my little talkative friendly hen for a while I have finally decided to buckle down, build a coop and get a small flock of hens, eventually. Don't have chicks yet but looking to get them in February/March. Already have everything set up for the chicks but still soaking up some chicken wisdom so I can best provide for them. I tend to lean more on the organic side of things with my animals as well.

    I have also raised ducks and turkeys in the past though the turkeys in the past when I was little. Thinking of possibly getting ducks and quill in the future but I am going to tackle the chickens first before I go building more coops and paddocks. Interested in learning some get tips from organic chicken raisers and free rangers and which breeds work best. I know for sure I want to get one or two silkies mostly just for pets and maybe a Polish hen or two just for pets but the rest of the hens I am looking for egg production.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. You know silkies tend to be a very broody breed. When they are broody, you can put fertile eggs (of any breed) under them and they will hatch & raise them as their own. It's a great way to get other breeds without the need of a rooster.
     
  3. LadyVictorian

    LadyVictorian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually saw this with duck eggs so if I get the chickens all settled and my silkies start getting broody I might get a few fertilized duck eggs and sit them under her. That is also a reason I want to get them, other than being cute and sweet, they are also fun natural incubators.
     
  4. johndeere36

    johndeere36 Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome
     
  5. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    WELCOME!!!!
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcomer to BYC - thanks for joining us. I wish you the best of luck with your chicken-keeping renaissance.
    Best wishes
    CT
     
  7. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     
  8. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    I've seen other members post about raising chickens organically, if you do a search on that, you'll probably find how they work that. You can also find your state thread by doing a search for the Minnesota state thread, sometimes it's helpful to chat with others more local to you.

    Good luck with your plans, sounds like fun!
     
  9. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

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    Welcome to BYC Chelsea! [​IMG] I am glad you joined us!
     
  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hi there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am quite sure you will just love it here, so pull up a chair and make yourself at home here! Welcome to the family! :frow
     

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