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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Wyld Dream Farm, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. Wyld Dream Farm

    Wyld Dream Farm Just Hatched

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    Hubby and I are looking to start raising chickens this spring. I would like to start small and would like chickens to raise for meat and some for eggs. I am looking at coop designs that will be good for Maine winters and cold hardy breeds. I'm looking at fully enclosed coops as we have a bald eagle that nests near our house. Any suggestions are welcome!!:)
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. TwoCrows

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

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Definitely stop by our coops pages for lots of ideas on building your coop. Wyandottes has left you with the link. While you are there, stop by our learning center as well. Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
     
  6. Wyld Dream Farm

    Wyld Dream Farm Just Hatched

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    Thank you for the links!! I was just reading our zone regulations and we are allowed to have 6 hens in the zone we are in.
     
  7. CrazyChookz

    CrazyChookz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and [​IMG] ! Please ask any questions you may have, we're happy to help.
     
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  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
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  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
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  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Based on your criteria, I would suggest Black Sex Links (Black Stars) for eggs. They are cold hardy and friendly egg laying machines that keep on laying right through the coldest winters. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. For meat birds, Cornish cross are the way to go. With their incredible growth rate, they are ready for butchering at 8 weeks. In fact, if you wait much beyond 8 weeks, they begin to rapidly develop heath problems due to their unnatural growth rate. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breeds or hybrids you decide to get, good luck with your flock.
     
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