New guy from frigid Minnesota!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Pascal PicklePants, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Songster

    Oct 21, 2010
    Boise, ID
    I have actually been browsing this site for several months, but i'm only now preparing to actually get some chickens!

    I've been living in Australia for the last 4 years where just about everybody has chickens in their back yard. Unfortunately we moved around too much to properly invest in a flock.......but now we are back in MN and more or less ready to start a little feathered family. I'm living in Minneapolis now but will be moving to acreage near Zimmerman in February.

    I'm interested in what other cold weather members have to say as far as do's and don'ts, good cold weather breeds, coop designs etc.......any information or advice will be appreciated.

    I have learned so much already from this site and I'm looking forward to learning much more.

    Cheers from MN!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Arcnadius

    Arcnadius Songster

    Aug 1, 2010
    Western WI
    Welcome back, and welcome to the forum! I'm new, too, so I'll be watching to see what others say.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    [​IMG] Welcome to the forum! [​IMG] Glad you are here! [​IMG]

    I suggest you start with some homework. I think these should be required reading for anyone starting off in chickens.

    Pat’s Big Ol' Ventilation Page

    Cold Coop (winter design) page:

    Big Ol' Mud Page (fixing muddy runs):
  4. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  5. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Songster

    Jan 1, 2011
    [​IMG] from Ohio.
  6. [​IMG] from North Carolina
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. I would recommend investing in some heater bases for water fonts. They work great in keeping the water from freezing. [​IMG]
  8. True Grit

    True Grit Songster

    [​IMG] form Mn! So far so good but this next week will be our coldest yet. Brrr.
  9. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    Welcome from Oregon!
  10. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Songster

    Oct 21, 2010
    Boise, ID
    Quote:Any tips on where to procure these?? I was going to use heated goat buckets (I already have these) for the older birds. The babies are going to stay in the heated garage until it warms up.........eventually.

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