New member from NW Pennsylvania

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by oldcutlas, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. oldcutlas

    oldcutlas In the Brooder

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    Hi there. I'm anew member and plan to start my flock in the spring, I will be building my coop using pines that I am cutting down and milling my self, I plan to make a rustic log cabin style coop, and am going to free range as much I can. Does anyone have a suggestion for a hearty cold weather breed that is good for both eggs and meat. I am thinking Icelandic and RI reds.
     
  2. Claires Poultry

    Claires Poultry Free Ranging

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :welcome
    We're so glad to have you here with us! :ya
    Thank you for joining our wonderful community of fellow poultry enthusiasts! :)
    :wee
    Some people will soon be here to answer your questions! :)
    I pray you have much success with your soon to be coop and flock! :yesss:
     
  3. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    Google says Orpington is your best bet cold-hardy, dual-purpose bird. Speaking from experience I can also say this breed is laid-back, friendly, calm, good with people and other birds. They are not flighty or given to panic, but are mellow and curious. Ours were broody and good mothers their first year, but haven't gone broody since (one started to but I convinced her otherwise). They lay a nice size brown egg several times a week. They are clean-legged, so mo mud or snow mess, and have a small comb so no worries about frostbite. We haven't butchered one yet, but they feel reasonably solid and meaty when we pick one up. That's my story on them.
     
  4. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join our wonderful community! :welcome
     
  5. oldcutlas

    oldcutlas In the Brooder

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    Thank you. I will definitely look into that breed and consider them for my flock. I intend to have multiple breeds and do some cross breeding
     
  6. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    :frow Welcome to our FUNomenal Flock! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of fun! :wee
     
  7. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    You might also want to consider Wyandottes.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C Champion

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    :welcome

    Best of luck with your coop build and building your flock!
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC. You may want to add Buckeyes to your list.
     
  10. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

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    Welcome :welcome Nice to have you here! Agree with Buckeye, Wyandotte in addition to the breeds you’re considering. My Easter Eggers have done well in winter (and most lay some shade of green eggs). Most heavy breeds with small combs do well in the cold. Check out the breed section too
     

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