Northeastern Ontario

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wildchickenmom, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. wildchickenmom

    wildchickenmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2016
    Northeastern Ontario
    Just a quick intro!

    My name is Melissa, and I am a 34 year old married mother to two girls. I primarily work as an emergency nurse.

    My spouse and I bought 25 acres and a home this past fall. Approx 5 acres is cleared around the house, and the rest is woods, ponds, etc.

    We are looking to start with chickens this spring, and we're very excited.

    I'm currently stuck between the following breeds: swedish hen, bielefelder and silver barnevelder.

    I'd actually like some of each, lol. The bielefelder is appealing due to the auto-sexing, and I'm nervous to get stuck with whole group of roosters. We'd primarly like to raise for eggs at this point in time.

    Anyone have any direct suggestions on which would be best to start with? And how many is a good size for a group? I have a breeder already, so I can pretty much order whatever I decide.

    My spouse is building my coop now through spring, and I've been busy going through all the pictures/designs/etc. found on the site. So many details to decide!

    Nice to meet you all! I look forward to learning as much as I can.
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us.

    Sorry I am not familiar with those breeds, but likely someone else will give you some suggestions.
    You might want to search the "where am I, where are you" forums to locate folks in your area for info on which will fare best in your climate.

    I had good luck drawing 6 girls out of 6 chicks, BO and BR - they came from a hatchery that sexes the newborns. True trained experts are 99% accurate.

    To decide how many you need, figure how many eggs you want and then look up the breed characteristics and avg eggs per year.
    Do build your coop/run larger than you think to avoid adding on in the future.

    If you haven't already done so, you should visit the learning center - there are so many articles to help you care for and tend your flock.

    Good luck with your new adventure.
  3. LynneR

    LynneR Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2015
    Our feed store says it is 1 rooster out of 100 chicks. We did get a rooster, but plenty of chicks too, so I wouldn't worry about too many roosters. I would get some of each type, because it is more fun that way. :). But I just buy what is available at the feed store. I am planning to get some Rhode Island Reds on 1/20 when they come in. Good luck!
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to byc - great to have you join us. Sunflour is 100% correct and especially in terms of building for more hens than you originally plan for. Chicken maths is a chronic condition that we all suffer from. I can't imagine what rouble I'd be in if I had a e size of yours! :)

    It would not be the worst idea to get a few of each of your breed wish list as you can't beat experiencing things for yourself.

    Good luck with your adventure with chickens and feel free to fire away with any questions - we're a friendly bunch.

    All the best
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    It is good to have a variety of breeds, that way you can determine which are keepers and which breeds you'd rather rehome. You may want to post on "Canadians, check-in-here," thread to find out what is available in your area and what breeds do best in your climate. Hope you will update once you get your birds. We love to hear what is going on and love photos even more. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. wildchickenmom

    wildchickenmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2016
    Northeastern Ontario
    Thank you all for the warm welcome!

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