Starting with 6 Hens (2 of each breed) Plymoth Barred Rocks, Gold Comets, Rhode Island Reds
We live in Ohio and I was told these were good all around climate breeds. This is our first attempt at chickens and we are very excited. I have a friend that is going to help us. We get our chicks at the end of this month. I'll have a coop and heat lamp all ready for them but I have a question? Should I treat them with tetracycline in their water. Our idea is to keep them as toxin free as possible. We want to get eggs and when they are done make sandwiches. I've read several posts but wanted some expert opinions. Also at what point do we want to give them crushed oyster shells?
I feel kinda stupid like a little boy instead of a grown man at 42 but I'm pretty giddy about getting these chicks. Its our first step toward self sustaining living and homesteading. We are hoping to purchase some property this coming Spring/Summer and really start our new life. But for now.....chickens it is.
I'm Gary by the way. Nice meeting you and look forward to your advice.