Thank Chickens I found BYC!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NHCrazy4Chicks, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. NHCrazy4Chicks

    NHCrazy4Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 20, 2010
    Southern NH
    Hello Fellow Chicken Nuts!!!! I have been exploring the internet for the past three months soaking up as much information on raising chickens as I possibly can! I've read Raising Chickens for Dummies and Choosing and Keeping Chickens both 3 times already cover to cover (well, actually I skipped the butchering and show sections). As many of you already know, googling anything chicken related will bring you to BYC. It has been my addiction, obsession and passion for the past 8 weeks and I simply continue to read posts and gobble up information.

    I am being methodical about my learning experience. Although my YouTube visits to watch constructive videos on raising backyard chickens has been more than educational, I do find myself always clicking on the clips of the cute baby chicks! I can't help it! [​IMG] But alas, I know they are not for me. Unfortunately we do not have the time to dedicate to the little ones and give them the special care they need during those most important several weeks of life. It is disappointing as we often muse about how wonderful it would be to introduce our 3 adoring Pugs to our new baby chicks and capture that one incredible $100,000 AFV moment!

    Instead, I have done my research and have placed my Spring order for 6 started pullets - a manageable sized flock. It makes the most sense for us. I first wanted to adopt but then discovered that the good laying years are early on. My untrained eyes would never be able to tell a young adult from a mature hen. Oh but wouldn't I love to give them all a good home!!! After my research I decided purchasing locally was the way to go. I feel like I need to see my new family members and the conditions under which they live. Of course that limits the breeds, but I think I'll do just fine with my 3 Rhode Island Reds and 3 Silver-Laced Wyandottes! From what I read, they are two great breeds for the first-timer interested in backyard pets and eggs.

    So the coop design has been established. It is a 6' x 6' x 6' structure (taken somewhat from The Hennebunkport - thank you Shawn!) with 4 one foot square nesting boxes. One of the many consistent themes I have read on post after post is not having built a coop big enough for expansion! I think my 6' x 6' and four nest boxes will allow me that opportunity. After much thought, we have decided to insulate the coop rather than add any artificial heating elements. I'm that person who can't even leave the crock pot on low if I leave the house. The insulation will lessen my anxiety on our cold New Hampshire winter days. Another consistent theme is ventilation, ventilation and ventilation. And with my insulated coop, you can bet your big fluffy chicken butt that I'll have ventilation! And of course natural and artificial sunlight. BYC has provided me with everything I need to know about raising chickens save for experience. But it's funny how I already feel like a chicken pro when I make chicken talk with friends and family. [​IMG]

    Although I wish it could be more, our run will be 8' x 16'. We've decided to use the apron method rather than digging a trench for digging protection. I hope that will be safe enough. And we will be covering the run as we have plenty of hawks in the area. Plans for the run are not yet complete. My focus has been on the coop itself so far.

    I will start a page and post our progress as construction begins. This winter will be extremely exciting as we get ready for our girls and get to know BYC a little better. Spring can't come soon enough!

    Thank you BYC for your guidance! My love of chickens grows every time I read another post or see another picture. I look forward to your advice and suggestions.

    With much gratitude,

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A warm welcome from an imp in Washington

    Sounds like you got the planning part down

    Have fun getting the chickens

  3. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    [​IMG] from Mississippi. I know you'll love your new flock. Can't wait to see pictures! [​IMG]
  4. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2010
    Oakland county ,MI
    [​IMG] ... From Michigan.. your going to love it here [​IMG]
  5. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2007
    St.Charles, QC
  6. Arcnadius

    Arcnadius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Western WI
    Another [​IMG]. I'm from Western WI and will also be getting my first flock in the spring, although we plan on starting with chicks. They're so cute!
  7. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    WELCOME to BYC from NC.
    Good thing you can have expansion because wait till you find out you want more than 6!
  8. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    [​IMG] from ct.!!!!! glad you've joined us!!!!! and posted!! [​IMG]
  9. Luckytaz

    Luckytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2010
    Rogers, Mn.
    Welcome, from Minnesota. Sounds like your well on your way.
  10. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Illinois
    Hello from Illinois and Welcome. Like you I also read, read, and read some more before buying my chicks this spring. This place has more information than one person can soak up I do believe. Glad you found us.

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