Start with your coop. Chickens need a home before
you rush out and buy a chick.
Coop, run...Get their home ready.
Think think of what you expect from your chickens.
Some make great fryers, some better eggers. Some
breeds are more docile. Perhaps you want to hatch?
Need a rooster or two?
No set answer. Depends on your desire.
So...do you have the coop? Now size of coop? 3-4
square foot per bird or better.
Lots of help over in the various threads for you to check
out. Come on over, look around, ask a few questions, make
a few friends.
How to get started. That is a wide open question, there are so many different ways. Why do you want chickens? What purpose will they serve? Eggs, meat, to show, bug patrol, eye candy, a breeding project, pets, some combination of these, or maybe something totally different. Roughly, where are you located, rural, suburbia, which county or state (A real rough idea of your climate)? Do you want them to hatch and raise chicks themselves? How much room do you have? All these and more could have a bearing on my answer.
My suggestion is to read various posts and threads on here, whichever ones catch your interest. Spend some time in the Learning Center at the top of this page. Again, read things that catch your interest. Try to determine to yourself why you want chickens and learn a little bit about their housing and care.
Do you want to start with baby chicks or start withholder chickens? How many? What options are available to get chicks or chickens wherever you are?
It’s just hard to say much because there are so many different options and I don’t know your circumstances. But keeping chickens doesn’t have to be that hard if you can provide food, water, predator protection, and environmental protection.
You may also want to check out the coops section, many, styles, materials, sizes some with descriptions. If you want to check out your state thread, put the name in the search box and it should pop up. You could ask what breeds do best in your climate, and maybe run across some Bycers, living near by.
- Home in WY
You've been given some great food for thought from the other greeters. One other thing...when you have a question, use the Search feature in the upper left side of the screen (under the logo). Many times you'll find the info you want from previous posts.
Good luck and have fun!