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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by spurrer, May 6, 2016.

  1. spurrer

    spurrer Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2016
    Attalla, Ala
    Hi, my name is Jane and I live in Alabama. We have 7 acres with a pond that goes dry in the summer and a spring that runs year round with the coldest water. I love my spring. We have a young man who keeps 2 cows in our pasture. The fence is bad but he keeps patching it up. He put 20 goats in the pasture last summer and they produced 20 kids. Later the next spring he had to move them because the coyotes ate a lot of the babies. He says if he puts anymore he is going to put a dog in with them. Right now he is breeding the cows and will bring them back in a month. I'm thinking I might need to mow the open part of the pasture and the blueberry patch. We let the cows into it and although he said they wouldn't bother the blueberry bushes I did see one eating on them. They needed pruning anyway. I have blueberries in my freezer that I have had for a year or so. We just aren't that fond of them. The owner's before us planted them. When we first moved here there was a chicken lot so we bought two hens. Keeping them cooped up caused the yolks to be pale although we were feeding them good food and they had oyster shells also. When we decided to let them range free a hawk or coyote got both of them. Then I read about chicken tractors. I ordered one and it is okay. It was easy to put together and is big enough for two chickens and moving it every few days or weeks will still let them be kind of free range. I am wondering if I should paint it. It is made of Chinese fir and has been treated and has a stong odor from whatever they used. I don't have my chickens yet. I want to start out with adult ones or pullets if I can't find hens. My husband want domieneckers. I know that is spelled wrong, just didn't take time to look it up. Does anyone else have a suggestion about what to get if we can't find those? I don't want white ones. They remind me too much of the poor things you see being transported to egg farms. That is so cruel. I am purchasing some chicken nipples to make a waterer and have read instructions of how to make a feeder that they can't get in and mess up. One big problem we had before was cardinals getting inside the coop, 5 or 6 at a time. Then they couldn't get out. This one has hardware cloth so birds won't be able to get inside. This may be too long to post. Any advice will be appreciated.
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    Everyone has their favorite breed, and will tell you different things. I like Barr Rocks, but it is mostly for their forging ability, so they might not be your best choice. The Dominique are a good choice for a confined run. But there are many other choices. If you look in the learning center, I think, there is an article about different breeds and which one would work best for your area. Another great resource is your state thread, they can tell you breeds suitable for your climate.
  3. Fuzzyrules

    Fuzzyrules Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2016
    You can try orpingtons or wyandottes, they are both pretty and lay well. Don't know about their foraging ability though.
  4. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

    May 10, 2013
    I'll be in the barn!
  5. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hardy Township, OH
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC, hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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