New to the chicken thing in Maine

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by woods79, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. woods79

    woods79 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone,

    My name is Daniel, our family has decided to get a few hens, 6 - 8, no rooster as we live in town and do not want to bother the neighbors. We have a little experience with helping a friends with his flock of 12 when they take vacations and long weekends. My kids and I will be building a coop and pen in the spring after the snow is gone, early to mid May. We are looking to get Orpington breed as that is what we have been dealing with, my friend said they winter well with Maine's climate and are a docile breed that would be good with the kids. [​IMG]
     
  2. pa2chitown

    pa2chitown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a good plan!
    6-8 is a lot for starters, though? Do you want that many eggs?

    Keep everyone posted, and we all try to answer questions that arise...

    Good luck!
     
  3. MelissaEm

    MelissaEm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Daniel,
    Also in Maine and we started this past spring with what we thought were 6 girls, but ended up with five girls and a rooster lol. Three barred rock and three Rhode Island Red. With the exception of the roo all are pretty socile, but we've been handling them all along. The roo will let me hold him, but I have to watch him around my kids. I'll let you know how winter goes as we're still learning too!
     
  4. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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  5. woods79

    woods79 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the welcome and links to the Maine thread, luckily for the # of chickens we wish to have and the amount of eggs we may get I have family that is willing to by feed in return for eggs, plus we do a lot of baking and cooking with eggs, I cook most things from scratch, my eggnog recipe alone uses 6 eggs and only last 3 days in our house and we make it all year long.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Orpingtons should be an ideal breed for you. They are cold hardy and great with kids as they are typically calm and gentle (good lap pets), and they are good layers of browm eggs. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens - sounds like a good breed for your family and egg plans.
     
  9. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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    Orpingtons are great and they come in so many varieties.
     

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