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In the Brooder
Oct 31, 2018
Ventura County, Ca
We are a potential/probable new family to raising chickens in Ventura County, CA! Currently we are looking into the ins-and-outs, care and maintenance, chores, breeds, coop designs, etc involved with the hobby. I would love insights on raising chickens in coastal Southern California. As far as breeds, my current priorities would be docile, easy to maintain and a colorful egg selections. Where is the most common place to get chickens, especially specific breeds?

We have a newborn and rambunctious 5yr old grandsons and a 16yr old (who really wants nothing to do with this hobby). We also have a 13yr chihuahua and a 6yr Garfield-like cat. Other distractions are Scouting, youth and High School baseball and travelling to visit family in Northern California.

I found this community while doing my research on starting up this hobby when my grandson wanted to look into 4H. I joined when I saw post from a member in my town and wanted to reach out to get input on raising chickens in my neck of the woods.


Easily distracted by Chickens
5 Years
Jun 3, 2016
Lewiston NY
Welcome to Backyard Chickens~! We're glade to have you :)

If you aren't too focused on show-quality birds then I would suggest looking into getting chickens from local hatcheries. They normally have a wide variety of chickens and are more focused towards breeding profitable layers/broilers than show-quality birds.


Free Ranging
Apr 24, 2018
North Western Ohio
Hello @clandavis glad you’re here!
nobody is at the bottom of the pecking order here! :celebrate:woot

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