I'm so excited to finally start our chicken family! We have a coop on order. I've never raises chicks before, and I'm not sure we're doing it right. The winters get cold here, so we're ordering a well-built draft free coop with electrical access. I figure better safe than sorry!
We have a three and a half year old and an almost two year old, who are very excited to help with this process. We are mostly in it for the eggs and the social aspect. Any recommendations on breeds? We are looking to get 6 to 8 layers. I'm not sure if we should get extra chicks assuming some attrition.
I'm very interested in using the coop from the start, or very soon after. We can move it around with the tractor and we have an extra spot in the garage at the moment. Would it be totally crazy to start the coop off in the garage, and then move it outside once the chicks are a little bigger? Or just totally unnecessary?
Hi congratulations on getting chickens! There are so many simply wonderful breeds available! just to get a very good example of breeds and their characters I suggest going online to Meyer hatchery. They have actual photos of LOTS AN LOTS of breeds! also they give reviews and explain personality. If you are looking for a EXCELLENT layer and beautiful bird I suggest the Barred plymouth Rock be added to your flock! They give large brown eggs and are smart friendly and docile. If you also want a colorful egg basket you might consider getting a Easter Egger. If you want a dark "chocolate" egg you might consider a Maran. all mentioned above are cold hardy. why don't you take a look at Meyer hatchery online and see the many breeds. it also shows the chick and eggs from that specific breed.This will give you a good chance to view the brown egg layers, white egg layers, Rare breeds, and Bantams (smaller version of the larger birds) I suggest this website because it has great pictures and some of the best online representations of different breeds. I hope this helps! which coop are you getting?? How many chicks are you wanting? Your going to love having chickens!♡♡♡ it's so much fun!!
Edited by realsis - 3/20/16 at 7:14am