New to BYC, not to chickens...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ludwigson, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. ludwigson

    ludwigson Just Hatched

    Feb 9, 2014
    My name is Andy and I live in central Utah. I found this forum when I was first contemplating getting some chickens some years ago and found much of the information here extremely useful--especially the various descriptions and plans for chicken coops.

    The weather here consists of a couple of months of regular blow freezing weather, six to seven months of temperate weather divided between spring and autumn and two or three blazing hot months in the summer with 100+ temps. Being on the high desert, it's generally quite dry most of the year. Our predators are many and varied, from raccoons to cougars.

    I've had chickens a couple of years now with just a few head-scratchers. The first was a a single broody hen (a Buff Orpington) and more recently an abysmal egg production that very nearly resulted in a whole lot of canned chicken broth. I can't be absolutely sure anything I did 'cured' my Buff's broodiness, but the second time it happened I decided to let it run its course as a control. After seven weeks, I gave up on that notion and took measures and she was soon acting normally again. The problem of egg production was solved with a lamp on a timer. After reading somewhere that chickens need 15 hours a day of sunlight to stimulate egg production, I put the lamp in and voilá--egg production resumed.

    I was somewhat indiscriminate with the selection of my first flock, not having any experience, so I ended up with two Buffs, two Barred Rocks and two Easter Eggers. I don't think I'd get buffs again. They are a pretty bird, but the broodiness is annoying. I'm ambivalent about the Rocks, but I just love the Easter Eggers. I got a pair because of the blue eggs, but found them to be highly intelligent and personable birds who just lay like machines. They are also incredibly pretty birds as well. They pretty much run the show in the coop.

    I built a modified version of the 'Wichita' coop I found here on this site. I don't have a large property, so the efficient combination of run and coop was very attractive. With a couple of seasons under my belt, I'm planning some additional modifications, mainly to integrate some currently ad hoc heating and cooling systems I designed, as well as WIFI video so I can check in remotely from the internet.

    Looking forward to an exchange of information and ideas!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Sounds like you have a very nice flock!

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Love the Easter Eggers, glad everybody decided to start laying again for you.
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
  5. herechilychiky

    herechilychiky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2014
    Central Fla.
    HI, Welcome to BYC!!!!
  6. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright Andy, [​IMG] great to have you here with us at BYC [​IMG]
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  8. Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

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