Love that! The question I get most often is "Don't you need a rooster?" It's very interesting to me that this ignorance has all been probably in the last 60-80 years. Before that, people knew much more about their food and its origins.
Originally Posted by AliP
I've been a member of BYC for a few years now, and have finally convinced my husband that this is the year for chickens!!! (And possibly a few guineas, too - surprisingly he's more open to that option, go figure)
It helps that we have one close neighbor with chickens and a couple friends with chickens as well that keep asking him, "what are you waiting for?" They have figured out the "happy wife = happy life" equation. My hubby is apparently a little slow on the uptake, there!!
We are in central PA - Mifflinburg - and are on the trail of a coop builder that was recommended to my husband as selling better coops than he could buy the lumber for. We'll see this weekend...
Does anyone have recommendations on where to get chicks? My only ideas right now are Tractor Supply or mail order, and since I only am planning on 3-4 hens to start, mail order options are limited (nevermind that I would need to buy 15+ guineas to be shipped most places!)
I also considered started pullets, but like the idea of being "mom" to the little ones for a while at first so they get used to being handled.
I am sure I"ll have a thousand questions as I embark on this journey (my husband has signed on for the construction end of things - I get the day to day chores, which is fine with me! )
Thanks for reading, and thanks for any advice you can give!! I am SO EXCITED!!!
I planned for 3-4 hens in my small suburban backyard. Now I have 8 hens and a Silkie rooster (although he was a mistake, he hasn't been loud enough yet to be evicted...). Definitely make a coop for more chickens than you planned for. I didn't listen to that advice and I regret it. Everyone here is very kind and you will easily get your questions answered. I agree with Dheltzel. Keep an eye out on Craigslist for people selling chicks. Many here raise some as well.
Originally Posted by chiques chicks
Which came first...
The chicken or the coop?
Sometimes I think I'm so funny! Lol
My coop came first! But I am a nerd and like to plan things out.
Originally Posted by bobrut
My wife has banned me from tractor supply for the next two weeks!
How rude! But I kinda understand, I probably shouldn't go near that store either.
Originally Posted by SilkieSensation
The babies have arrived, but my phone is being a butt & won't load pix.
25 red sex-link males, all solid white except 1 who has a tiny black dot on his head & faint grey racing stripes & 1 who has pale tan racing stripes
21 broad breasted white poults (they tossed me an extra)
All babies arrived alive, only a couple look a bit lethargic but they will walk around a little before plopping back under the light when you stand them on their feet, so my guess is they are just sleepy.
And 2 or 3 of the poults are the biggest loudmouths I have ever heard. Hoping they calm down soon since the brooder is right beside my bed. I may not sleep for weeks!
Congrats! Best of luck! Are all of those turkeys for eating?
Originally Posted by Auroradream26
it was out of the red pullets bin.
That is sad. I can understand not selling them, but if they happened to fall into a little box in your cart? What's wrong with that?