Newbie from Nor Cal

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chick Chic, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Chick Chic

    Chick Chic Hatching

    Feb 3, 2014
    Nor Cal
    Hi, my name is Michelle. I have been reading the sight for about a week or so now and decided to become a member. My husband and I are beginning to build a med/small coop for a hand full of hens. I will be using powder coated welded wire panels from a dog kennel for a run and no climb horse fence we have laying around, as a top to keep chickens from flying out and most predators from getting in.

    I am super happy with the threads I have found about breeds and coops so far. I have had a few chickens here and there but just as pets, I re homed them with friends in the country when they were ready to lay. This is my first attempt at actually raising more than 1 at a time for a backyard project. I figure with the garden I have planned, I will have lots of treats and supplemental feed for them and they will help my compost pile for next years garden.

    We moved here (in town) last April but we were looking for a house in the hills. I wanted chickens, goats and just a little of everything basically. I thought my dreams of selfsustainment had no hope when we settled for this home in town due to nothing much on the market when we were trying to buy. Anyway looked at the city ordinance and was surprised that it allowed 12 chickens. I figured 3 or 4. So that is how I found my way here. Getting ideas and info so I wouldn't build something too big, small or irritating in lack of function.

    Thank you to all of you members for contributing to my hopeful success. [​IMG]

  2. Nick9793

    Nick9793 In the Brooder

    May 14, 2013
    Burnsville Ms
    Welcome Michelle! I am new my self and everyone has been very inviting! I think you have already noticed how helpful the site is while you have been researching.
  3. Oooo 12 chickens...LOVELY! You will be surprised how self sufficient you can be with a town lot. We are getting more so everyday; we even had more grapes than we could eat or dehydrate this year. Some people will also barter; veggies and eggs for goat milk, meat rabbits and the like if you are into that. This year because of water concerns we are making a key hole garden and all of the building materials were scraps so if we can barter for seeds in addition
    to those from last year, our garden this year will cost us a grand total of $0.00. Good luck, it is a great experience.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2014

  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    Welcome to BYC!

    Good luck in all your poultry adventures!!
  5. Alright Michelle, [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC [​IMG]
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with your garden and chicken project!

  7. Chick Chic

    Chick Chic Hatching

    Feb 3, 2014
    Nor Cal
    Thank you for the welcome. Spent the last couple of hours looking at chick breeds from Chickens For Backyards. Anyone order chicks from them and what was your experience? Anyone recommend how to pick up 1 or 2 pullets of several breeds? Seems pretty expensive but I want a variety of easy goings hens that lay anything but white eggs. [​IMG]

    If I order from them it will be 14 chicks because they are unsexed. Figured some might die and the roos can be sold along with any pullets with wierd quirks.
  8. herechilychiky

    herechilychiky Chirping

    Feb 4, 2014
    Central Fla.
    Michelle, Welcome to BYC!!!!.

    My gardens could not do without my girls!!

  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Good to have you here

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