Ohio Newbies

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by wingdwolf56, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. wingdwolf56

    wingdwolf56 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 28, 2016
    Newcomerstown, Ohio
    Hi everyone,
    My wife and I are new to raising chickens, and although I've already posted a couple things here, I though I should post an introduction.
    We live in Ohio on 12 acres of land that we built our retirement home on last year. We have always wanted to homestead/ farm and are now beginning that journey. Our first venture was to get chickens! We have four, 40 week old, Golden Comets that we bought about a month ago. All four girls lay one egg each everyday. I built the coop they are in. It is a 4x4 coop on top of a 4x8x3 high run. I have just recently added a 10x20 foot pen so they can have additional space to scratch and dig. I am glad I built the pen because of all the craters they've dug in both the run and the pen area. Our four ladies wouldn't have much to do with us when we first got them, but now, they allow us to pick the up. I think their addiction to meal worms have helped them accept us. I have also been growing our own meal worms as the store bought meal worms are ridiculously expensive.
    We also have three dogs. Two dachshunds and a 6 month old Border Collie that we rescued from an Amish family. Hopefully, next year, we will a few sheep to the family and the Border Collie can earn her keep.We chose sheep because, well, I don't like goats and being from a Greek heritage, I've eaten lamb all my life.
    I found BYC last year when we first started thinking about raising chickens. Reading many of the posts helped me to decide to build my own coop rather than buy. The info here also provides ideas on do-it-your-self ways to care for the chickens. My next search inquiry will be to find ways to make our own chicken feed. We look forward to many years of membership at BYC!!
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens - sounds like you are enjoying your retirement. There have been many articles on making your own feed as well as the fermented feed process.

    You can probably find them by using the search box. I am not the least techy so I use the search box often. It hasn't failed me yet.
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us and congrats on your homesteading! Its good to hear that your flock is doing well and earning their keep.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=learning+centre and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    All the best
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, wingdwolf56, and :welcome! Pleased you joined our community! Best of luck on your homestead and thanks for joining BYC! :)
  6. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to Backyard chickens!! Sounds like homestead life suits you well, I am glad you are enjoying it. Thank you for joining us, and I hope you enjoy BYC and all it has to offer!
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

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