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Excited to start learning how to raise some girls for our family!

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Hi all! I really want to raise some chickens for our family's egg needs but I know absolutely nothing. Any advice on some beginner basics I can read up on? Thanks in advance!
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welcome-byc.gif from California! This forum will tell you everything you need to know: http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

 

Build your coop strong and secure and use hardware cloth (very strong wire with 1/4 inch holes) not chicken wire, it keeps chickens in but predators can tear through it easily. Also, make the coop and run bigger than you think you will need, you will probably end up getting more chickens than you thought. Good luck!

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth

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Welcome to BYC!!

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Glad you joined us!!!

Check in here for updates including chicken stories and pictures (when I get around to it):

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/790825/mkk-farms-updates-pics-and-stories

 

Great educational thread about inbreeding:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/734859/inbreeding-and-line-breeding-poultry

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Check in here for updates including chicken stories and pictures (when I get around to it):

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/790825/mkk-farms-updates-pics-and-stories

 

Great educational thread about inbreeding:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/734859/inbreeding-and-line-breeding-poultry

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My advice: the more you know BEFORE you purchase your birds, the better prepared you will be, and the more money invested the longer your equipment will hold up. The same with the birds... the cheaper you go, the less quality you receive. Anyways welcome to BYC!
We keep a variety of chicken breeds, three pet ducks, a trio of heritage turkeys, long haired and short haired guinea pigs and Netherland Dwarf rabbits. Website.
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We keep a variety of chicken breeds, three pet ducks, a trio of heritage turkeys, long haired and short haired guinea pigs and Netherland Dwarf rabbits. Website.
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Hello and welcome to BYC frow.gif Glad you joined us!

 

“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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Greetings from Kansas, donkie07, and welcome-byc.gif!  Great to have you in our flock!  I agree with the above posts.  Fortunately, BYC is the best place to pick up the information and knowledge you need.  Peruse the various forums, ask questions and you'll be prepared in no time!  Best of luck to you.
 

I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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frow.gifAnd welcome-byc.gif Glad you joined the forum!!

If you have any questions about Coccidiosis, Mites & Lice, Worms, Molting, Vent Gleet, Bumble Foot, Egg Binding, or Prolapsed Oviduct, feel free to ask me about it or pm me.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mites-lice-treatment-and-prevention
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chickens-loosing-feathers-managing-your-flocks-molt
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If you have any questions about Coccidiosis, Mites & Lice, Worms, Molting, Vent Gleet, Bumble Foot, Egg Binding, or Prolapsed Oviduct, feel free to ask me about it or pm me.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mites-lice-treatment-and-prevention
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chickens-loosing-feathers-managing-your-flocks-molt
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Search the forums, ask questions and you will be ready to start your flock.  Welcome to BYC.

Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
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Friends are the family you make for yourself.
There are no coincidences- only providences.
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Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined us. Best of luck getting your new chickens

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"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" 

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                 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza                          My BYC Interview                               Raising Ducks                                         Geese 101

 

 

 

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" 

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