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#1 2013-07-12 19:16:53

aarzuaga
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From: North Carolina
Registered: 2013-07-08
Posts: 101

Hello!

Kaixo denori (Hi everybody)

I am really new to this. I was looking for hens (chicken and/or guinea) to have at home for "garden maintenance" and I came across the Euskal Oiloak. Given that part of my ancestry is Basque (which I am very proud of) I was excited when I read about them. I will say that I am looking to purchase a few of them for my garden/house.

I live in North Carolina and I have never done any of this. So I decided to come to you guys for help and guidance.

First I need to know about a good coop for them.
They will be free ranging in the yard/garden.
How many should I get? I am a full time grad student.

I do not know where to start, hence my questions.

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#2 2013-07-12 19:52:59

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-28
Posts: 2540

Re: Hello!

Welcome! So exciting you joined us. You will get loads of great info here on both the EOs and their care. You chose a great breed to start out with!   :EO:

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#3 2013-07-12 20:31:45

Micah and Kiah
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From: West Grey
Registered: 2012-04-20
Posts: 839

Re: Hello!

Welcome! I'm sure some of the EO breeders who live in the same part of the world can give the best advice on a coop for the climate.  My advice is make sure that  it has good air flow but no drafts directly on the birds (maybe more important up here)  and be sure it is as predator proof as you can make it.  EOs as awesome.  Happy to have you here.


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#4 2013-07-12 21:02:44

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
Registered: 2011-10-05
Posts: 1980

Re: Hello!

Kaixo!

You picked a great bird! - you will love them.

Are you thinking about mostly eggs, or are you interested in growing them for their... hmmm - how shall I say it...

Delicious flesh?! :eat:

The stock we have here in the US seems to lay about 4 or 5 eggs per week, when they are laying.
When they are not laying, you get 0 eggs. :P

Welcome to the EOCF! :excited:

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#5 2013-07-12 22:01:09

Martin Grove Farm
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From: Waterloo, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-08-04
Posts: 510

Re: Hello!

Welcome to the forum. :EO:  there's some great people on here and everyone is very willing to share information.


“Expecting life to treat you well just because you’re a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge you because you’re a vegetarian.”      Unknown

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#6 2013-07-12 23:43:13

gubi
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From: Walton
Registered: 2011-06-30
Posts: 1344
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Re: Hello!

:welcome: :EO:


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#7 2013-07-13 00:54:47

poplar girl
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From: Athabasca, AB, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-30
Posts: 3159

Re: Hello!

:welcome: I would agree, advice on coops would best come from those down in your area but no matter what make it preditor proof and i would suggest planning to include an outside run where they can be outside but still safe when your not there to supervise.

It would be helpful if you could add your location to your profile, it's under Personal.

Which EO owner would be closest to you I wonder?


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#8 2013-07-13 01:16:13

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
Posts: 3359

Re: Hello!

:welcome: to the forum :happycrowd"

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#9 2013-07-13 03:56:29

Micah and Kiah
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From: West Grey
Registered: 2012-04-20
Posts: 839

Re: Hello!

A wise piece of advice I got from Flat Rock Farm when Micah and I started; build your coop bigger than you think you'll need it.  Our chicken habit started with me saying, " Honey, let's but some Partridge Chantelcer hatching eggs from Claire this year so we have a few laying hens." :thumbsup:


All the best,

Kiah and Micah

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#10 2013-07-13 04:25:00

Island Girl
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From: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Isla
Registered: 2011-07-06
Posts: 1403

Re: Hello!

Welcome to our wonderful site. There are so many people here who will be able to help you with your questions. Start with a few hens and see if you like chicken keeping first. Then like Micah  and Kiah said build your coop larger than you think you will need with an outside run, even though you will be free ranging them. Wonder who here is closest to you.

XOX Monika

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#11 2013-07-13 11:05:45

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
Posts: 3359

Re: Hello!

Micah and Kiah wrote:

A wise piece of advice I got from Flat Rock Farm when Micah and I started; build your coop bigger than you think you'll need it.  Our chicken habit started with me saying, " Honey, let's but some Partridge Chantelcer hatching eggs from Claire this year so we have a few laying hens." :thumbsup:

:thumbs:  Well I knew what would happen........... lol

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#12 2013-07-13 14:24:42

NaturesPace
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From: Augusta county VA, USA
Registered: 2011-12-20
Posts: 915
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Re: Hello!

Welcome. You can see the coop we built here: http://www.outoforderacres.com/6/category/coop/1.html

Guineas are better for the garden because they don't scratch like chickens do. But... Guineas can be L O U D! Look up a few videos online to hear their noise.

There are a bunch of EO owners in VA so I'm sure one of us can help you out.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#13 2013-07-13 23:29:22

Amblecroft
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From: Millbrook, Ontario
Registered: 2011-08-03
Posts: 448
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Re: Hello!

:welcome:


Susan Buttivant at Amblecroft,
Chaparral Pyrenean Shepherds and Petits Bassets
http://www3.sympatico.ca/chaparral/amblecroft.html

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#14 2013-07-14 04:36:11

OR4-hmom
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From: Grants Pass, OR
Registered: 2013-05-07
Posts: 20

Re: Hello!

Hello from Southern Oregon!  I'm new to Basques also but my 7 are wonderful.

I love the "build it big" thinking when it comes to coops.  We over build here when it comes to wild critters but we have acreage behind us with all kinds predators.

Not sure about them helping with garden maintainance, we put up fencing to keep them out of the plants we hope to eat.

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#15 2013-07-14 14:00:57

mikencarol
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From: Oklahoma
Registered: 2012-08-21
Posts: 204

Re: Hello!

WELCOME to THE Forum...........you are pretty close to some really smart and really nice EO people there in VA............they will jump at the chance to help you in anyway they can.....utilize their experience...........


I have to keep reminding myself... "It is The Standard of Perfection...NOT the Standard of Quantity that we are striving for..."

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#16 2013-07-18 16:43:31

aarzuaga
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From: North Carolina
Registered: 2013-07-08
Posts: 101

Re: Hello!

Wow, overwhelming response. Thank you. :thanks: I hope you are all doing well and I am glad to be here learning from all of you.

I am mostly planning to have them for eggs and insect control (ticks and such)

I will run with the idea of a bigger coop and make it predator safe.

Yes, good idea in keeping them away from the food we eat =D

Does anyone know where I can find those EO breeders in VA?

How can I add a smiley? =D

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#17 2013-07-18 23:21:54

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
Registered: 2011-10-05
Posts: 1980

Re: Hello!

:whistle: Um, step over here... How many do you want?!  :lol:
I've got right many young uns, some that won't make the breeding pen cut, but will make excellent home flock layers nonetheless.

Tru @laingcroft also has EOs, and she's further along with her NPIP program than I am...

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#18 2013-07-19 01:15:46

aarzuaga
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From: North Carolina
Registered: 2013-07-08
Posts: 101

Re: Hello!

Well, I would like from 5-7. I'd like them to forage and lay eggs for now. I am not really looking to do any breeding (YET =D) First, I would like to set up a coop that would accommodate 10-12 hens (for the future), not now while Im in school. So, I think yours would be appropriate for me. We will definitely be in touch for this. Im looking on youtube for videos for ideas for coops.

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#19 2013-07-19 03:31:08

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
Registered: 2011-07-05
Posts: 649

Re: Hello!

:welcome:

You TOTALLY lucked out, picking the best breed right from the get go!!

:congrats: on your marvelous taste! =D

:EO:


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#20 2013-07-19 14:23:56

aarzuaga
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From: North Carolina
Registered: 2013-07-08
Posts: 101

Re: Hello!

Thank you. :thanks: I am really excited to begin this new journey which will lead to a new way of living.

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#21 2013-07-20 18:29:30

Amblecroft
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From: Millbrook, Ontario
Registered: 2011-08-03
Posts: 448
Website

Re: Hello!

:welcome:
Ongi etorri


Susan Buttivant at Amblecroft,
Chaparral Pyrenean Shepherds and Petits Bassets
http://www3.sympatico.ca/chaparral/amblecroft.html

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#22 2013-07-20 18:32:37

Lindy Lou
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From: Priceville, Ontario
Registered: 2011-07-03
Posts: 999

Re: Hello!

:welcome:


Some of us are driven by the need to make animals a part of our lives. We are soothed by their presence, fascinated by their behavior, and amused by their antics.

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