New from Colorado

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by HighAltitudeHens, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. HighAltitudeHens

    HighAltitudeHens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I am new to chickens, and in fact don't actually have any yet, but have been watching our friends' flock since they started a year ago. I am now thoroughly addicted! [​IMG]

    I live high in the mountains (at 9,000 ft) above Denver with my husband, a white cat and a large black dog. We have children and grandchildren who live in Denver and visit often. We only talked about being close to food sources when the kids were still at home, but I'd really like to introduce the reality of it to my grandkids. So I plan on keeping 4 to 6 hens at a time (go ahead, laugh...) and butchering/replacing them when egg production falls off. As I understand it, I have a few years before I have to stick to my guns on that choice! [​IMG]

    Right now, though, I am collecting wood (yay Craigslist!) to put together a coop about 4x4x4, double-walled and insulated. I have an offer from friends of cedar panelling that they just pulled out of their rec room. Would that be okay for the outside wall, or is the cedar still going to cause respiratory problems for my chickens?

    I am also trying to plot a small chick order that will result in a mixed group of 4 (or more) adult hens. I need cold-hardy, docile birds... I am thinking Faverolles, Speckled Sussex and Wyandottes, and maybe Light Brahmas next Spring. Any comments or ideas?
     
  2. discoveregg

    discoveregg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Hello from Northern California. Raised in Littleton though and went to Columbine High. Oh, how I miss Denver. Do you still have the outdoor ice skating ring downtown? I remember ditching school many times to go skating [​IMG]
     
  3. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

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    I wish I could help you out but my birds stay HOT all the time. I am sure someone will chime in to help you tho. [​IMG]
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello from just south of you in New Mexico!! I too am up in elevation at 7,000 feet. Ain't this livin in the clouds just great? [​IMG] You will really enjoy this site. The folks here are just loaded with information. You will learn so much in just a few weeks just posting and reading!

    Enjoy your new chickens!
     
  6. what's kickin' chicken

    what's kickin' chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Hi [​IMG]
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. HighAltitudeHens

    HighAltitudeHens Out Of The Brooder

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    To discover egg...My husband (he is a native) told me that the outdoor rink that was next to Joslin's is long gone. But they have one in the new Belmar shopping center on the site of old Villa Italia.
     
  9. renart

    renart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from NW Washington State! [​IMG]
     
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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