New to BYC...Hi!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jukasorenson, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. Jukasorenson

    Jukasorenson In the Brooder

    May 29, 2017
    West Michigan
    Hi, I'm Julie and I'm new here at BYC. I am enjoying all the trustworthy knowledge I am finding here on the site, so thank you for that! I have five chickens that I began raising this past spring. Two ISA Reds, and one each of a Rhode Island Red, Wyandotte, and Aracauna. All are hens, and they get along famously. I will be looking for more advice as the weather gets cooler here along the shores of Lake Michigan. I am in western Michigan, north of Muskegon. Winters here can be pretty wet and cold, with normal temps in the 20-30F range, and include what we love to call "Lake effect snow," which means we get more than anywhere else in the state due to the moisture the big lake puts into our weather systems. My hens are well protected in a covered coop and have the option of either an open run, or a covered one for winter browsing. I will be looking for info on the deep litter method, using straw as a way to keep the girls' feet warm, as well as how to best shield my coop from wind and ice in the coming months.
    My husband and I are empty nesters ourselves, and both enjoy our chickens as an inexpensive and fruitful hobby. We have three grown children and one grandchild, a two year old who enjoys learning about the chickens, and loves to help in the coop. Thanks for the add here!
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  2. Pleasant_valley_farm

    Pleasant_valley_farm In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2017
    Nice to meet you! Welcome to BYC!
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens Julie, it's nice to meet you.
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  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G’Day from down under Julie :frow Welcome!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

    Personally, I have found the Topic of the Week articles a great resource and a one stop shop for questions which may have already been discussed within the BYC membership group.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)
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  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello Julie and welcome to our community - thanks for joining us
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  6. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Enabler

    Aug 20, 2015
    Smith County, TN
    Hi Julie and welcome to BYC:frow We're so happy you've decided to join us:ya Dry, draft free and lots of ventilation are the keys to cold weather.
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  7. N F C

    N F C whaz sup?

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Julie, how great your grandson enjoys the chickens too!
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  8. Birdinhand

    Birdinhand Songster

    May 23, 2016
    welcome to BYC, we are looking forward to hearing your stories and queries!
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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi, Julie, welcome to BYC. Keep your birds dry, draft free, well fed and watered, and they will be fine this winter.
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