New homeowner's in Shelton, CT

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by missy12387, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. missy12387

    missy12387 New Egg

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    Good Morning All,
    My fiance and I just bought a house in Shelton, CT. It's about 1.5 acres with a big barn and greenhouse. We are very new to gardening and this spring are planning to get at least 5 chickens. We picked a coop here on BYC that we will start building soon. Still haven't decided on sand or wood shavings. Any suggestions? We have time to clean and would love to use the droppings in the compost pile. We would like to get a few dozen eggs per week on average. I look forward to some of the 170K plus members' responses! Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  2. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been using pine shavings - after reseaching about sand I plan on switching. I'll try to remember to give you a bunch of links about it... According to what I have read, it keeps the coop dry, chicken nails filed down (No more getting stabbed!), chicken feed clean, and chickens can eat it as grit. Plus, it is harder for bacteria to breed in, easier to clean (use a kitty litter scoop, or a small rake), and won't give off as much of a stink. Not that chickens really smell in the first place, but then it won't stink when you stick your head in.

    So, you are planning on getting 5 chickens? Acorrding to chicken math, if I have my chicken math straight, you will be getting at least fifteen. That's the way the egg bounces :p
     
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  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. Sand is the way to go, keeping everything as dry as possible is key.
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] X3 on the sand!
     
  5. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined BYC
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!!
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    Glad you joined us!!
     
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Good luck with your flock.
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, missy12387, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Best of luck in the coop construction! Enjoy your chickens!
     
  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. Good luck and enjoy. :thumbsup
     

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