Hello, my name is Nicholas and I'm from southern WV.
Very soon my wife and I will be moving into our first actual home (no more renting yay) which is waaaaaaaay out in the country. I'll have copious amounts of room for chickens!
The wife is skeptical, as always, cause I have a tendency to get bored with projects before completion, but generally living things keep my attention. She refers to my inability to finish a video game or something similar.
We just had our first child 6 months ago, her name is Adalyn Jane, we call her AJ. The chickens are for her... :)
Currently we have a 4 year old black lab named Sidney, wife is a big Pittsburgh Penguins fan, he's named after Sidney Crosby. We have a 1 year old bearded dragon named Leo (horribly unoriginal name, but he was already named when we rescued him...) We have a 4 year old corn snake named Sazh and my pride and joy is my 120 gallon fish tank with 22 tropheus duboisi african cichlids.
Anyway, that's me. I've been lurking on BYC for about a week now and finally decided to introduce myself.
We have been promised a move-in date of "before thanksgiving" but we aren't holding our breath. If we can move before January, we'll be happily surprised.
WV is a pretty temperate state, pretty warm summers and pretty cold winters and since we're moving in the winter, I imagine I'll have to wait until spring to even get our chicks. I work at a company that trashes 50+ pallets a week, so I plan to (hopefully) save loads of money by using all pallet wood. Aesthetics aren't important, because we'll have no neighbors and I'm more worried about functionality than being eye-pleasing, so the weathered, rustic looking pallets will do their job sufficiently. :)
Also, I will only be keeping them for eggs, I simply can't even think about killing and eating something that I personally raised. I love eating chicken and I don't care if someone else killed it, but it would be like eating my dog, I just couldn't do it.
Any suggestions so far?
How many to keep? I do work fulltime, so 50 chickens would probably require a lot more time than I could commit, I was thinking along the lines of 5-10 perhaps.