Possible newbie in Vermont (northeastern US)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SPedigrees, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. SPedigrees

    SPedigrees Chirping

    Sep 22, 2009
    New England (Vermont)
    Hi everyone,
    Hubby and I are thinking about getting a few older hens to inhabit our barn when our old pony leaves us. Right now we are on the fence about this, and have a lot of questions.

    We are in our early 60s and bought our 2 1/2 acre property back in the early 1970s. We thought about keeping chickens back then, but found that the two horses and two small ponies kept us too busy and used up most of our resources at that time.

    Now we are down to one remaining 33 yr old pony, and she has many health challenges, so we don't expect her to be with us much longer (although we'll be pleasantly surprised if she makes it to 40. Ya never know after all!)

    Anyways we just fixed up our small barn with a new roof and new coat of stain and paint, and I'm realizing how desolate the building will seem when the pony is gone. We're toying with the thought of converting the horse box stall into a chicken coop so that something living would continue to inhabit the barn. But we have some significant reservations and doubts.

    I better stop before this gets any longer, and put my questions in a separate post. Glad to be here and thanks in advance for help. I've enjoyed reading through the posts in the forums.

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Welcome from Indiana! [​IMG] Wow...your pony has done so well! I'm sure her eventual passing will leave a big empty place, and not just in the barn. I think a few chickens out and about will be a lovely distraction when the time is right for you...they make such soothing sounds in their chatter....
  3. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC...........a good friend of mine has a morgan horse farm, and chickens all at the same time [​IMG]
  4. Ol'FashionHen

    Ol'FashionHen Songster

    Oct 24, 2008
    The South
    [​IMG] from KY. Glad to have another member, you can not go wrong with chickens. [​IMG]

  5. pringle

    pringle Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
  6. Hen_House_Rocks!

    Hen_House_Rocks! Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Welcome from Missouri!

    NGT ANGL Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Locust Grove, VA
    [​IMG] from Virginia! I think chickens would be a wonderful addition to your barn and your lives!

  8. SPedigrees

    SPedigrees Chirping

    Sep 22, 2009
    New England (Vermont)
    Hi again, thanks for all of the warm welcomes from all over the country! Everyone I've heard from here and elsewhere give ringing endorsements of keeping chickens. I really do miss having chickens around. Long ago so many people kept chickens, and now it has been decades since I've even seen a chicken.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2009
  9. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Its great to have you here with us!

  10. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Songster

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    [​IMG] from WI

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