We're Going To Do It! *UPDATE* Newbie from the Twin Cities, Minnesota

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Whitewater, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Whitewater

    Whitewater Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2010

    After considerable research and lots of reading (I actually had dreams about chickens!) and some help from y'all on this forum (who have been great), Hubby and I have decided that we CAN do it and to get chickens!!!

    We have found a great little farm (the owners call it a 'farmlette') about a 30-40 minute drive north of us who have Australorp chicks and are willing to not only sell 3 hens to us but are willing (for a bit more $$ -- $15/hen, which I thought was reasonable, given how much the chicks eat and so on) to keep the hens for us until they've grown up a bit (about 15 weeks, which seems like a reasonable age, given that we can't raise bitty babies here at home). Yay! I was so worried about raising chicks . . . we just don't have that ability at our house right now! But now we'll get adolescent hens, which is a big relief. The people we're getting our hens from are friendly and guarentee that their chicks will be healthy and happy.

    We decided on 3 Australorps because everybody says (from a lot of different sources!) that Australorp hens are friendly, quiet, and will do well in confinement. We are planning on letting them out to free-range in our backyard, but only when we're there to watch them and make sure they don't fly away [​IMG] Australorps are also pretty, and are good egg-layers, and a number of our resources said that they are a good choice for newbies like ourselves. 3 hens seem about right for what we want, right now. We don't have a whole lot of room, and at max will ever only have 6-10 hens. But 3 is plenty to start out with!

    We have finally found a good coop design which will fit in well to our backyard and won't take up a lot of space, yet gives the chickens what they need in terms of space and protection from predators and the elements. It's about 6'5"x 6'5" x8' tall, and roofed. It's by Garden Coop, and we're going to make their big coop but knock off the 3rd of it that's not the actual hen-house side. We can always expand later, if we want to, but we think 3 hens will be plenty for the two of us! If we have extra eggs we'll offer them to family, friends and neighbors. I paid for the design schematic this evening and we hope to start the coop building project about a month from now, once we've had time to save up some $$. The coop will face east and have protection on two sides by a 4' chain link fence, and a windbreak on the west side by the wall of the neighbor's garage. The north side will have raspberry bushes [​IMG] The coop will get plenty of light, and in winter will be easy to insulate with straw bales placed around it.

    We are very excited to get chickens this summer! With any luck we will have them by June, and of course, we'll take (and post) lots of pictures (if I can figure out how to do it!).


    Greetings, all [​IMG]

    My name is Whitewater, I come from the frozen wasteland that is Central Minnesota, and I am here because I (and hopefully my wonderful, tolerant, animal-friendly husband) am/are considering getting a very small flock of backyard chickens for eggs and 'for pretty' (as one of my modern herbalist books likes to say), but I am totally new to keeping birds, even though we currently have two dogs and a cat, and I've taken care of horses, fish and the occasional gerbil in the past. I have many questions and may decide that backyard hobby chickens are not for me, but I wanted to find a forum of a friendly, knowledgeable community where I could get answers, some straight talk, advice, and form friendships all regarding this new venture that I am currently researching.

    It will take a considerable amount of effort on my part to successfully obtain a permit from my city to get the right to have chickens, so I am researching everything thoroughly first because I don't want to be surprised or in over my head, or have Animal Control come knocking!

    Thanks for letting me be here [​IMG]

    Whitewater, and the gang:

    Fish the Cat, grey and white almost-tabby, 14 years young
    Rescue Dogs:
    Roxiedog, 4 year old black Standard Poodle (21", 35 lbs)
    Willow, 2.5 year old black Standard Poodle (27", 55 lbs)
    Hubby, the light of my life!
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2010
  2. [​IMG] Whew nice to meet someone in Twin Cities too! Go Vikings!
  3. Whitewater

    Whitewater Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2010
    Thanks for the welcome, yay from me too [​IMG] It's very reassuring to see that somebody else is here from the Cities!

    Whitewater, et al
  4. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    SE Pennsylvania
  5. [​IMG] and [​IMG]
    From, VA

    I know you will enjoy this forum a lot [​IMG]
    There was an article on Backyard Poultry Mag. about how to get the law to let you have hens.
    You might want to get that one mag.
    If you get hens then I would get California Whites (learn more about them on my BYC page) or Americanas.
    They are the some of the BEST breeds I have!!!
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2010
  6. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2007
    [​IMG] from Missouri
  7. Whitewater

    Whitewater Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2010
    Quote:Thanks! I have to get hens because where I live, they don't allow you to have roosters. And you have to have a yearly permit for more than one hen, *and* even for that one hen you have to have 75% of your neighbors sign a piece of paper saying that it's ok by them for us to have chickens. This also involves me having to call the city and ask for some specifics to be clarified, since they just amended the ordinance back in Oct (of 2009). It used to be that you didn't have to pay for your permit and now you do. I think. Not really sure!

    It's kind of amusing because the neighbors kitty-corner from us and across the alley get a hen every once in a while in the warm season and they just let it roam, no coop or anything -- I think they eat it, because it disappears in a few months -- and nobody's said anything about that, but I want to stay on the right side of my neighbors *and* the law. So I'm figuring out just how many hoops I have to jump through and how much it will cost me!
  8. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Good to here from a Viking! ( GO VIKES!!!) hope you guys enjoy the birds, however many you may end up with.[​IMG]
  9. Slywoody

    Slywoody Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    [​IMG] from West Central Minnesota!!!!!!! Go Vikings!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

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

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