New member from Minneapolis

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by desiredusername, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. desiredusername

    desiredusername Hatching

    Sep 16, 2013

    We got our lovely birds about two weeks ago, one week after our second son was born. Our girls Jack (gold star) and Zoe (barred rock) were born in the Spring and started laying a few days after they arrived at our home (friends had been caring for them since they were hatchlings). We are busy working on the soon-to-be-attached-run and winterizing. We are very much learning by doing and have relied heavily on the BYC threads thus far, thank you!

    This has all been great fun, even the chicken poop directly out the back door has become endearing as they like to peek in the house from the deck when they are free-ranging.

    Our biggest concerns now are preparing for winter and encouraging the girls to use the nesting boxes (faux eggs have not worked, I did add a curtain and fresh fluffy bedding today).

    I look forward to geeking out with other chicken-lovers and benefiting from all your wisdom!
  2. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

    Jun 21, 2009

    Winterizing - Chickens are self equipped with these awesome under feathers that will plump up like your favorite down blanket when it is cold.

    So with that said. A good coop will allow for good ventilation but will not all drafts.

    Drafts are like an icy wind when all you have on is a loosely knit sweater.

    Your enemy is frost. If air is not circulating or ventilation is not adequate then the coop may get humid and turn to frost and combs and waddles can get frost bitten.

    The roosts should be wide enough so that when they sit in roosting position their feet are covered by their feathers.

    Water supplies can freeze so they can handle a lot of cold weather so long as they are protected from Drafts, humidity and can get to water.

    Glad to have you on the forum
  3. ocap

    ocap Crowing

    Jan 1, 2013
    Smithville, Missouri
    roosts should be wood, not metal
    Welcome to BYC !!!
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Try confining your birds in the coop each day until they have layed their eggs. After they have used the boxes for a while they will likely continue to do so.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Congrats on the baby and the chickens! Wow, you must have your hands full at the moment!

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