New member from QC Canada!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hdufort, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. hdufort

    hdufort New Egg

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    Hi! I have recently decided that I will have hen/chicken in my backyard as soon as my new house is built (currently I can't build anything in my backyard so it's not even a possibility. I have given up on "supermarket eggs" last years, and now I buy eggs from local producers. I am willing to pay a (slightly) higher price, but unfortunately the supply is unreliable. We eat lots of eggs as I often cook crepes, or prepare egg sandwiches with my homemade sourdough bread.

    I live in Bromont, in southeastern Quebec, Canada. My uncle had a few chicken in his backyard in the 1980s, but lost them all during a power blackout in winter... so I was left with the impression that chicken and cold climate were not really compatible. But I now realize that people have been raising chicken in Canada, northeastern USA and even Iceland for centuries!

    I will probably try to buy a few Chantecler hen, which were developed in my region in the early 1900 and almost went extinct by the end of the 20th century. I haven't found any information on the BYC site about the Chantecler but I know it's adapted to free-range and is cold hardy.

    Our house will be built on a 1.8 acre piece of land, with a stream and a pond, but since it's on a hillside half the superficy is not really suitable for gardening or farm animals. Still, I think we will be able to have a dozen hen and a few rabbits!

    Any help/information about hen & cold climate will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

    Hugo

    ps: I have to translate my French thoughts into English words, so please forgive my occasional errors/weird terms. This is especially true when talking about technical stuff, animals and food!
     
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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  3. JDchicks

    JDchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great to have you join.

    There are actually several breeds of chickens that are very hardy in cold weather...such as Brahmas, Delwares, Jersey Giants.

    Here is a good site if you wanted to see about some additional breeds http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html
     
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  4. TwoCrows

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

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    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!!

    Lots of good links have been provided for you here. Good luck with all your adventures in life and welcome aboard!
     
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  5. Sweet Basil

    Sweet Basil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best wishes and good luck.
     
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  7. hdufort

    hdufort New Egg

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    I forgot to tell... I also bake my own sourdough bread! [​IMG]

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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Your bread is making me so hungry, wish I could just reach in and take some. Beautiful loaf, I bet it is delicious.
     
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  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
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  10. hdufort

    hdufort New Egg

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    Thanks!!

    Unbleached flour, spring water and sea salt. The simplest ingredients & technique to make the best food!
    I work my dough by hand only (no machine) and bake it on a simple pizza stone in an ordinary oven.
    I think there is a thread somewhere in the forum about sourdough bread. I'll go take a look.
     
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