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Simply Backyards from Collingwood, NS
Simply Backyards

Farm Name: Simply Backyards

Year Farm Established: 2010

Years I’ve been farming: 5 years

Animals I raise: Chickens

Farm Motto: How can i do it cheaper and easier. I want to be lazy.

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  Northern Chicken Farmer
Hi, we're in Michigan. Though we're not as cold as Canada, we do have temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Last winter was our first with chickens and at the time we had three of them in a little coop made out of old fencing. We covered it with a tarp to try to block the snow from coming in the cracks, but with the whipping wind from our snow storms, we had to shovel snow out of it quite frequently.

After one particularly bad storm we ended up bringing the girls in & sticking them in the basement. I made a temporary barrier for them out of plastic storage boxes, but after while they got brave & started jumping & climbing. Whenever they got too wild I'd turn off the light & tell them it was bedtime...it was a long two days with chickens in the house, but they needed to warm up & get dry.

This year we have better housing for them, a whole new building and quite a few more girls. We also have a few roosters & girls living in last year's chicken coop, but I used TEN tubes of caulk to seal it up real good.

We're in the process of getting electricity out to the coops--we have the lines under the ground, now we just have to hook them up to receptacles so we can have light switches & plugs. It will be great to not have to rely on a flash light for early morning feedings before work/school & no more extension cords for the heated bowls.

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10/29/2011 05:25.41 PM Report This Comment  
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  Oh, yeah!
I love your picture. It makes me wonder, " where does it go?"

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10/19/2010 08:02.51 PM Report This Comment  
What kind of chickens do you have? Some breeds do better in cold country and some do better in the heat. I've raised them in very cold Montana winters, very hot Arizona summers, and now a bit of both in the New Mexico mountains. I would research the breeds more, see if you can find something you like, that can manage the cold. Be very careful you don't build the coop too tight. They die from lack of good ventilation as easy as from the cold.

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10/19/2010 08:01.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Looking for Northern Chicken Farmers
I, like most, have researched online on how to best raise chickens. Most of the writers are from the south and have mild winters.
I looking for chicken farmers that have Cold Canadian winters and -20 Celcius occurs yearly and for weeks at a time. Temperature dropping to -35 Celcius is still common.

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10/19/2010 09:53.53 AM Report This Comment  


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