New egg peaking out to say Eh whats up.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dvereckis, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. dvereckis

    dvereckis New Egg

    Jan 21, 2016
    Winnipegosis, MB
    I have raised and butchered turkeys, chickens, geese and ducks for the last couple years. My wife and I have 5 children (It will be 6 in around a week), we raise our birds to provide meet and eggs for our family.

    Two years ago we bought 34 white turkey and 20 laying chickens, 31 turkeys lived to butcher and 11 of the 20 chicks were roosters. Our first year turkeys were all female (supposed to be mixed) and cleaned out at 25-28 lb our noisy roosters were butchered at around 5 pounds to get our towns bylaw officer off our back[​IMG](sorry sir we didn't know you aren't allowed 30+ turkeys and 20 chickens in town).

    Second year we still have a rooster and ten hens stashed away from the previous year. I hatched a little rooster in a fish tank with a light bulb on our kitchen counter (named him Remnant as 1 egg of the 20 I started with lived) . We also purchased 35 turkeys, 4 White Danish geese, 4 Peking ducks, 30 laying hens (one turned out to be a dude-named him Rasputin) and 12 1/2 acres outside the town line. We also started using an old Troybuilt Tomahawk 2 wood chipper as a hammer mill to break up grain for mixing our own feed. We built a completely covered 50"x 20"run for our birds and a small heavily insulated laying coop. Our property is not serviced so the coop is heated by chicken body heat and we change the water daily. The coop is insulated well enough that the water does not freeze even in a northern Manitoba winter. Our ducks and geese are far to messy to stay with our chicken so they have wintered in a small shelter at another property we own were they have a heat lamp and a heated water dish. Of the 35 turkey we bought only 11 survived the first month and one white leghorn chicken turned herself inside out and died at the start of her lay. Other than that the rest did well and one of the surviving turkeys was a tom, he weighed in at 49lb live and 39lb cleaned, 3 of our 4 geese were boys so we butchered 2 and of our 4 ducks there was only one drake so we kept them all. Our birds are treated to large quantity's of fresh greens daily and in the fall all the windfall fruit we can rake up around our town as well as as much feed as they can eat. They seem to do well and even our large turkeys (that survived the first month) are very healthy without any cripples.

    This year I just bought and fixed up a Leahy 300-E redwood incubator. My first test run in the Leahy should start hatching in 2 days, of the 16 eggs I started with only 11 were viable. Considering that the eggs came out of an unheated coop in northern Manitoba in January I think those are bang up numbers. I am planing on adding around 30 more layers to my flock and hatching 100 to 200 chicks to butcher. I also plan to purchase 30-50 turkeys this year.

    So hi all and have a great year.
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  2. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 23, 2010
    Now that's an interesting post. I'm going to have to read it
    a few more times.

    But just as I suggested to another new member, you really
    need to post your story over in "Storys and Pictures of my

    You're a new member perhaps. But look at the knowledge
    and experience you bring with you. Outstanding story !
    Love to more of it, more in depth details. Look at the things
    you can share with us.

    Can't wait.

  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Ben. Glad you decided to join our flock. Thanks for the thorough introduction. :eek:) Often we get one line (or sometimes even one word) introductions and actually learn very little or nothing about the new member. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Ben and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. Thanks for the detailed introduction and as Spook says, you will bring valuable experience to BYC and I do hope that you will learn a few things as well as share your knowledge and experience with others.

    All the best
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Ben, glad you joined us at Backyard chickens. Enjoyed your introduction. Sounds like you are good at keeping everything in control.
  6. Outpost JWB

    Outpost JWB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2014
    :welcome. So glad you joined us.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. doc637

    doc637 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2016
    Hi Ben,
    Lol- that was a very entertaining introduction. Welcome to BYC! I think you are going to fit in around here. I literally laughed out at loud at the part I highlighted, the visual on that happening was just great. I also invite you to head over to ; I know we have a good number of Canadians around here but I'm not sure if there is a specific Manitoba thread.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
  9. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  10. The Duck Ladie

    The Duck Ladie Duck Addict

    Feb 23, 2016

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