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Hi, just joined BYC and am looking to meet people who already have pet chickens and to get some information before I decide if I want to start a flock of birds at some point.

 

Been reading up and researching so that I can figure out if I should get some chickens in the future.

 

So far I have been looking at the Australorp due to their kind/gentle nature and that they can deal with cold winters.

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Welcome to BYC :frow​ Everyone here will tell you you absolutely have to get your own flock. We're a bunch of enablers here! If you'd like to get in touch with people in your state, here's where the Maryland peeps hang out:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/63745/maryland-thread/0_30

 

Enjoy the site!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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:welcome  glad you have joined us.  It took me a couple of years to decide to get my own backyard flock, and my only regret is that I waited to get them.   They are a pleasure to raise and tend.

 

Here's a couple of links to help you decide:

 

The Pros & Cons of Raising Chickens

 

Why Raise Chickens?

Attention:  loads of contests to enter, pick your favorites and join the fun: post #1

 

 

Raising Hens in Georgia!  Limited experience, but a lot of opinions.  

Reintegrating a Recovered Hen to a Small Flock:

Don't be Chicken, Even a Cat Can Bake a Gingerbread House

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Attention:  loads of contests to enter, pick your favorites and join the fun: post #1

 

 

Raising Hens in Georgia!  Limited experience, but a lot of opinions.  

Reintegrating a Recovered Hen to a Small Flock:

Don't be Chicken, Even a Cat Can Bake a Gingerbread House

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post #4 of 9

:welcomeGreat to have another poultry lover!

post #5 of 9

Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

You have certainly come to the right place for all the fun and learning!!

 

YES...you MUST keep Australorps!!! LOL I can tell you, they are the only breed I will keep anymore. My Black Australorps are the most docile, gentle, very affectionate lap sitting chickens you could possibly own. They follow me around like drooling puppies and beg for me to sit with them. I can't sit down without them wanting on my lap! LOL They are very cold and heat tolerate, they don't have many of the laying issues that other breeds have since they mature later in life than other breeds. (gives their laying machines time to fully develop before laying) and they are just all around sweet birds. I will NEVER keep a flock without some Aussies in it!! And when they molt into their new fall feathers each year...they are gorgeous! Aussies have more feathers than most breeds...they are just so soft and fluffy! So yes, consider the Black Australorp!!! The Blue Splash Australorps are very pretty if you want color and are just as sweet as the black.

 

Good luck on your journeys and if you have any questions about things, feel free to ask. Oh and stop by our Learning Center too for all kinds of great articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry... http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

 

Welcome to our roost! :-)

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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post #6 of 9

Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Thank you for the warm welcome everyone, the main reason I am not getting birds at this time is not being fully prepared yet and one of my two dogs will try to eat them. My dog is very active and he loves to get into things, he is also a big barker.

Still plan to get birds at some point but need to learn more about how to keep them responsably.
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Thank you for the warm welcome everyone, the main reason I am not getting birds at this time is not being fully prepared yet and one of my two dogs will try to eat them. My dog is very active and he loves to get into things, he is also a big barker.

Still plan to get birds at some point but need to learn more about how to keep them responsably.

I know how difficult dogs can be and some never do learn that chickens are not their dinner!

 

You might stop by this thread and do some reading. I have heard some success stories here on BYC over the years... http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1091691/keeping-dogs-and-chickens-tips-for-a-harmonious-introduction

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Glad you joined the BYC flock.

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