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Taking the Plunge?!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 3bird, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. 3bird

    3bird Songster

    Apr 2, 2017
    Rockland, Maine
    We've been debating adding birds to the mix since we bought our little farm in Maine in 2012, and during that time, we've found lots of good information here. Might this be the year to take the plunge? At the very least, we think it's time to join BYC and get in on the conversation.

    Who we are: We're a mid-40s couple living on several acres in Midcoast Maine not far from town. The farm began in the 1870s, but not a lot of farming has been done in recent memory. We'd like to change that. We both work from home (she's a scientific illustrator and I'm a writer/photographer), and we are somewhat handy/innovative DIYers when it comes to most things. We like a challenge, and we're not afraid to take a risk.

    We're thinking about a small flock of maybe six ducks, and we have a lead on some Silver Appleyards that should be hatched and ready to go by the end of May (we'd hatch them ourselves, but we have some extended family issues, which means we may have to be away far more than we (or the farm) would like over the next month or so).

    If we take the plunge, the ducks will be housed in a duck-house on the southeast side of our great old barn and adjacent to the vegetable garden. We have an eye toward developing a permaculture duck system that ties in our garden and compost, but I'm getting ahead of myself....

    Anyway, thanks for all the advice over the past few years, and we're looking forward to learning a lot more.


  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC - so glad you've decided to take the plunge and join in around here.
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  3. 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. If you have any duck questions, then this is the place to ask - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center 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/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best
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  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under 3bird [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some great starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
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  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, 3bird, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Looks like CTKen has given you some great links to explore so I will just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
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  7. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Free Ranging

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Welcome to BYC! Thank you for the interesting intro, I enjoyed it. :) It's great to have you with us!
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  8. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC!
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  9. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Best wishes with your duck plans!
    1 person likes this.

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