Newbie looking to connect to MN chicken fans

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jalen911, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. jalen911

    jalen911 Out Of The Brooder

    37
    0
    34
    Sep 4, 2013
    Hi everyone,
    I'm in Wright County MN and I just got my first flock of 4 chickens this week. They are about 15 weeks old, and I've spent the week reading everything and anything I could about how to care for chickens.

    I'm glad to "meet" everyone, but I'm especially hoping to connect to people in my same climate, who will experience the same or similar temp swings (-20 wind chill to 101 degrees with 100% humidity) so I can ask questions specific to how to care for the girls as our first year progresses. I *really* want to care for these girls as well as possible so they stay healthy and happy, they're so adorable!

    I just got our coop and I bought it used, so I'm about to clean it out tomorrow before putting the girls in it. I will post pictures as soon as I can, because I'd like some input on how to add more ventilation, as I suspect their isn't quite enough. We are also going to modify it to make it bigger, and there is a connected run (though the girls will be allowed time to roam in our fenced in yard daily as well).

    I'm really hoping I can ask questions and get lots of good answers as I learn, and I in turn will be able to help other newbies eventually as well to pay your kindness to me forward:)

    Thanks in advance for any support, answers and advice you offer as I learn the ropes:)

    Jalen
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    85,551
    16,709
    866
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] go to the "where am I, where are you," thread in the social forum, it will be a tab to the right side. Then you can locate and post on your state thread. Best way to meet some neighbors.
     
  3. LeviS

    LeviS Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,412
    65
    171
    May 22, 2012
    North Dakota
    :welcome and good luck with your new flock! :frow I'm in N. Dakota, so I know where your coming from lol. This is my first year raising chickens for a few years and first time solo, so I'm working though this myself.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    19,040
    1,570
    396
    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    We also have a climate that can be very intemperate. The key to cold climate housing is a well-ventilated draft-free coop with wide roosts (a 2x4 layed wide side flat works great) so that birds can rest comfortably and cover their feet. I do not use nor recommend supplemental heat for many reasons. In hot weather good ventilation and shady areas throughout the day are key.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    84,499
    3,827
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! :)
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    67,611
    21,118
    886
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Great advice - welcome to BYC.
     
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    12,406
    497
    338
    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
     
  8. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,523
    66
    148
    Jul 10, 2013
    Anchorage, Alaska.
    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by