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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChickenLubber, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. ChickenLubber

    ChickenLubber New Egg

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    I have been stalking this site for a long time. You all have helped me and the hubby decide on breeds, coop designs, watering and feeding methods! I figured it was about time I said thanks to everyone for you wisdom and guidance. We have 3 heritage cochins and 5 buff orpingtons, with 25 barred rocks on the way. We will keep some for egglayers to incorporate into the flock and the rest will be freezer faire.

    I was just reading a thread about barred rocks and had never paid much attention to whether our chickens came from a breeder or a hatchery and now that I know the difference I am worried that our hatchery girls may not go broody thus we will not be able to sustain our own flock. Has this been the case for eveyone? Thanks in advance for any input!
     
  2. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could always use an incubator. Good luck with your flock.[​IMG]
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] or you could get a silkie pullet or two - they usually go broody often - you could remove their eggs and replace with fertile eggs from the breed of your choosing.
     
  4. ChickenLubber

    ChickenLubber New Egg

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    Thank you!!

    How do you house with your chickens? We lived in Fairbanks for 3 1/2 years and never saw anyone with chickens! The weather is different I know, but having the chance to move back to Alaska soon, I would like to see your setup. Or at least get an idea of breed and wether or not you use specific measures to heat your coop.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
  5. ChickenLubber

    ChickenLubber New Egg

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    The cochin's do go broody but we put the in a "broody box" (no ice or anything like that) to cure them since we haven't had a rooster for a while. They would even sit on golf balls! Crazy girls! Guess we could use her as the incubator...
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  8. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Anchorage now but lived in Fairbanks for a couple of years.This is our first time having birds so I am very new at this.I have a small insulated coop and will not be heating it this winter.I hope the birds body heat will be enough for them.I still need to work on something to keep water from freezing.
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    Since this pic was taken I have put visqueen around the run to help protect them from wind.Coop is about 3'x6. I will keep a good eye on them this winter and have a heat lamp on hand just in case it gets really cold.
     
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    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     

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