Returning from Vermont

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by naadarien, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. naadarien

    naadarien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi. I joined BYC previously a few years back, but my husband steadfastly refused to have chickens then. Loved the site, but couldn't use the info at the time.

    Now though, our diet has changed drastically (Paleo mostly). We eat a tons of eggs each week and I have finally convinced him that it makes sense to have our own laying hens (and maybe later, meat birds).

    So I am back to find out as much as I can over the next few months before we buy some chicks and contribute whatever I learn along the way.

    We have sugar shack on the property, but we don't use it for making maple syrup (though we do do a small amount of sugaring, 1-2 gallons a year for personal use). So that is likely what we will convert into a house for the chickens. It has electricity in it and some fencing around it that can easily be expanded and modified for this purpose.

    My MIL/FIL have both raised chickens since they were little kids and have a wealth of knowledge, but it is always nice to hear other perspectives.

    TIA for any assistance you all can provide. [​IMG]
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us. It's funny, sugar shack means something totally different in my part of the country! [​IMG] Anyway, you have come to the right place to get off to a good start. Here are a few useful links:

    For general chicken keeping info:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/

    For info on coop and run design:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

    To connect with some locals in your area:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/39326/vermont

    Best of luck and have fun!!
     
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  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  4. naadarien

    naadarien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the links, Redsoxs. They were helpful.

    Yes, I can imagine that in the old days, that sugar shack pulled double duty depending on the time of the year. [​IMG]

    I do have a question. Is there a place for layouts/designs of coops? I see lots of individual coops and pics, but not many layouts. I was kind of looking for the "why" a coop was laid out the way it was, what worked/what didn't, if someone would do over their coop they would include/exclude x, should brooders be near the door or the farthest away, best placement for nests, designs that include compost piles (does it matter what side of the building that should be on; not just for curb appeal, but handling odors, access to sun, etc)...that kind of stuff. Since I have a basic structure already built, I am looking for the best use of my space and help with the design.

    Any points in the right direction would be great.

    Thanks so much!
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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  6. Caitlin_VT

    Caitlin_VT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! I'm also a fellow Vermonter [​IMG]
     
  7. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!! I love your avatar!
     
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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Great links! [​IMG]
     
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  10. naadarien

    naadarien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Caitlin. I am in the Northeast Kingdom, about half way between St Johnsbury and Barre/Montpelier. Loving the fresh foot or so of snow we just got. [​IMG]

    Yvonne
     

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