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New flock in July - Chicks or Pullets?

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Hello everyone! 

 

We've been battling our township for a few months now but success appears to be on the horizon. We expect the township to approve backyard hens starting in July! 

 

My question is this: Do you think I should start with chicks at that time, or jump straight to pullets. My concern with chicks is that they would reach egg-laying age approximately right at the start of winter. (I'm in NJ). 

 

 

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance! 

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That is all in opinion, but if it counts, I bought chicks in July and they started laying in the winter fine.
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post #3 of 6

If you're getting them solely for eggs I will throw it out there that mine hardly laid any eggs (Michigan) in the winter. I do not have a heat lamp though as I have a very small coop, but my friend has a lamp and says he gets eggs through the winter. 

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I would be getting them solely for egg production, so the reduced or non-existent eggs in the winter concerns me. I've read mixed opinions on artificial light in the winter (some say its inhumane and wont allow the birds to rest and recuperate). 

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Welcome to BYC!

Congrats on the chicken keeping allowance, I hope it passes(but don't count your chickens before they hatch-haha)

 

Whether or not to use lighting for winter laying may depend on your long term goals.

I use it with no ill effects that I've noticed, but I cull at 2-3 years.

It doesn't guarantee older birds will lay all winter and can be tricky to manage and record effects.

Pullets often lay thru their first winter with no lighting.

 

Do you have coop built and ready?

Do you have brooding equipment built and ready?

It may be easier to find POL pullets in July than chicks.

Downside to getting started birds instead of chicks is that you may bring in pests/disease.

 

What is your climate?

Putting your location in your profile can help folks give better answers/suggestions.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #6 of 6
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Aart, 

 

Thanks so much for the detailed reply. I have not yet built my coop. I'm waiting for the township to begin the approval process before I invest in supplies. I just happen to be an obsessive researcher so I am trying to get all of the information I would need in advance. 

 

I live in Southern New Jersey in terms of climate. I do plan on culling around 2-3 years as well, as my goal is egg production and the township will be limiting us to 4 birds maximum. 

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