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(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? YES and we do not have any yet

(2) How many chickens do you have right now? None how manyb should we get? help!

(3) What breeds do you have? which ones should we get?

(4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? GOOGLE is your friend

(5) What are some of your other hobbies? We are motorcycle enthusiasts Harley Riders

(6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. We have 2 gorgeous children one in college and one in 5th grade. Been married 20 years. Have a 3 yr old boxer and a 9 year old lab. We have over 1/2 acre of land and a house we own (OWN) and I have wanted chickens for many years and now we can! I want to make sure we know everything before we get them. i am si excited!

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Hello and welcome to BYC frow.gif How many chickens to get and what breeds will depend on how much space you have, what you want them for (eggs, eggs and meat, lawn ornaments) etc. But I must warn you: we all start out with a plan, like me for example. I was going to get 5 hens. Only 5. At the moment I have 13 hens, 1 rooster and 5 chicks hide.gif So whatever you do, build a big coop. Be prepared for the inevitable "chicken math" lol.png Chickens are lie potato chips...

 

Here's some sections you can look at to get you started:

 

General (must read): http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

 

Breeds: http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

 

and: http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

 

Coops and housing: http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

 

and: http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

 

Have fun!

 

“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, Nettieb413, and welcome-byc.gif!  Happy you discovered BYC and joined up - BYC is a great resource!  Before answering the what types and how many questions - what are your purposes for getting chickens?  Meat?  Eggs?  Both?  Or just pets?  To help you with your choice you might peruse the chart below.  Also linked below is a Learning Center where can get gain knowledge in poultry care and upkeep.  Good luck to you!

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/

 

http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

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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And, because you don't  have enough to read ALREADY, big_smile.png  here's 1 more link!!! Some helpful tips to navigating BYC, http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16110/required-suggested-reading-for-the-byc-forum


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Find your goose! Threads by breed: African & Chinese,,, American Buff,,, Embden,,, Toulouse,,, Pomeranian,,, Sebastopol,,, Pilgrim,,, Steinbacher,,, Mini Geese,,, Tufted Roman,,,  Cotton Patch,,,  Nene,,, Egyptian,,,
 
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 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

 

"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

 

 

 

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

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welcome-byc.gif from New Mexico!

 

Owning chickens is a ton of fun. AND it gets easier after you have kept them for a while. Enjoy the forums!

Keep one eye on the past, one eye on the future and both eyes on the present. ~ a Raven ~

 

I miss my precious Miss Molly hit.gif

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

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Keep one eye on the past, one eye on the future and both eyes on the present. ~ a Raven ~

 

I miss my precious Miss Molly hit.gif

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

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post #8 of 14

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth

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post #9 of 14
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Wow what a welcome! Thank you all so much! I am picking up my new babies next Thursday and I am so excited! 6 of them to start with. Looking forward to reading the forums and getting to know all of you!
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Welcome to BYC!! frow.gif Glad you joined us!! welcome-byc.gif

Breeding Salmon Faverolles and soon Sussex and Brahmas. 

The incubator is packed with eggs! 

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Breeding Salmon Faverolles and soon Sussex and Brahmas. 

The incubator is packed with eggs! 

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