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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by swallowacresfarm, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. swallowacresfarm

    swallowacresfarm Hatching

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    Hi everyone,

    We are a small farm in Southern Delaware looking for wisdom and advice on raising backyard flocks. We are surrounded by perhaps the largest concentration of commercial chicken operations in the US (think home of Perdue) but we want to just raise small flocks of broilers and keep a few layers. We also keep pastured pork and a few dairy goats.

    We just placed our first chick order yesterday (from Welp Hatchery) for delivery around 8/15. We ordered 20 Dark Cornish for meat and 5 Golden Laced Wyandottes for layers. We'll probably have to do a second round of the Wyandottes in order to get 5 - 6 hens (we've read that any given order will yield half males and half females). We are currerntly starting to collect our equipment and get the facilities ready. Any advice on brooding and othe beginner's issues would be much apprerciated. Esp useful would be a list of common mistakes that beginners make.
    Thanks!
    Brooks Truitt (@ Swallow Acres Farm)
     

  2. renart

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    [​IMG] Brooks! from NW Washington State! [​IMG] Glad you joined! Such cool people here, always willing to share their knowledge. [​IMG]
     
  3. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

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    Good luck![​IMG]
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  5. Darlasmum

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    Welcome Brooks [​IMG]
    Seems the biggest problem around is not enough predator proofing. Make the search button your friend. Good luck from SoCal.
     
  6. Luckytaz

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    Welcome, from Minnesota.
     
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    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

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  8. LostMindPleaseFind

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  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. This is a great place to learn. Lots of great info & friendly people. Good luck as you start your chicken adventure [​IMG]
     

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