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I am hopelessly trying to live a little more like my grandparents did.  They gardened and raised chickens and were much more self sufficient than I could ever hope to be!  I have a raised garden bed that (amazingly enough) is thriving.  And as of one week ago, I have 4 lovely golden comet chicks (meant for eggs only---I could never eat them).  They are precious, and I am already in love with the little darlings.  I suppose what scares me most is what I keep reading about how on average, you should buy twice as many chicks as you want chickens because at least half of them are likely to die before they reach adulthood.  I am so out of my element.  I have no idea what I'm doing.  So far, they seem to be growing and thriving and eating and pooping like crazy!  But who knows, right?  I have been reading just everything I can on line to hopefully manage to keep them alive.  That's how I came across BYC.  I have literally read articles and blogs everyday.  And I can't tell you how much stuff I have pinned to my Pinterest page!  I'm sure all my friends think I've gone chicken crazy.  Though, I honestly don't mind.  :)  I am so excited to be joining your group and hope y'all don't mind if I ask a million stupid questions!  Thanks so much for all the info I have already gotten from the page.  Can't tell you how much I appreciate it!

♪♪ From the autumn leaves, that will ride the breeze ♪♪
♪♪ To the Faith it takes, to pray and sing ♪♪
♪♪ From the Painted sky, to my plank filled eye ♪♪
♪♪ He is God of all, He is everything ♪♪

 

 

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♪♪ From the autumn leaves, that will ride the breeze ♪♪
♪♪ To the Faith it takes, to pray and sing ♪♪
♪♪ From the Painted sky, to my plank filled eye ♪♪
♪♪ He is God of all, He is everything ♪♪

 

 

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I too am on your same mission.  This is a great place for answers.  My chicks are currently 2 weeks old and seem to be pretty hardy.  Only lost one and I think the stock is a little wonky on that one because the surviving chick from that breed is a little 'special'. 

 

I have built a hoop house for gardening year round, we are working on the 'egg' chickens and if I can find a processor next spring we are going to raise some meat chickens. 

 

Good luck and I look forward to seeing how your journey goes!

 

~Mellisa

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Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan frow.gif

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



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Hi and welcome-byc.gif from Ohio. So glad you joined. thumbsup.gif

TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

"Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live."

— Gianni Versace

 

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 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

"Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live."

— Gianni Versace

 

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Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q68yMJ8Y7E

 

 

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Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q68yMJ8Y7E

 

 

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 frow.gif & welcome-byc.gif from Alabama. Glad you joined us. 

9/28/2013 RIP Verity. . . You'll always be in our hearts.

 

Check out my Blog: The Country Chick                          And be sure to check out our soap shop on Etsy, here.

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9/28/2013 RIP Verity. . . You'll always be in our hearts.

 

Check out my Blog: The Country Chick                          And be sure to check out our soap shop on Etsy, here.

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post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 

What part of Bama?  We are just north of Auburn.  We have a couple of great feed & seed places around that are helping me with this crazy little journey I've decided to strike out on.  I am always on the look out for good local owned places.  I avoid the bigger chain stores as much as possible.

♪♪ From the autumn leaves, that will ride the breeze ♪♪
♪♪ To the Faith it takes, to pray and sing ♪♪
♪♪ From the Painted sky, to my plank filled eye ♪♪
♪♪ He is God of all, He is everything ♪♪

 

 

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♪♪ From the autumn leaves, that will ride the breeze ♪♪
♪♪ To the Faith it takes, to pray and sing ♪♪
♪♪ From the Painted sky, to my plank filled eye ♪♪
♪♪ He is God of all, He is everything ♪♪

 

 

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Hi! I'm new to chicken tending (had my girls for about a year now) but so many questions and I've always turned to this website for answers. anyway, we started with chickens in an attempt to know our food sources.  I've always had a large garden and this year I can't wait to see how the girls like weeding with me!  Last year they were a bit too interested in helping themselves to the tomatoes! People at work think I've gone off the deep end...but chickens can be so ****** funny! they crack me up everyday! And I love the eggs!!! yummy! gone are the days of Denny's breakfasts, after eating my own chickens eggs nothing store bought comes close!

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LL

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Lucky to have an awesome wife.  Father to three boys.  As for animals...rabbits, chickens and goats, oh my!
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Lucky to have an awesome wife.  Father to three boys.  As for animals...rabbits, chickens and goats, oh my!
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