Any New Mexico chicken lovers here?

tjohnson505

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Hello I am newbie to raising chickens- I live in the northwest corner (four corners area) of New Mexico. We are wanting to build a "chicken tractor" for our back yard, big enough for 6-10 chickens. Any suggestions or tips? What breed of chickens are best to get for my area that are good layers? What type of grain and or other supplements are preferred? Thanks!!
 

TwoCrows

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Hello there and welcome to BYC!
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Here here....down in the south central mountains!! Lots of New Mexicans here on BYC. You might stop by the New Mexico thread to connect with some others....https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/18195/new-mexico

You will definitely want to stop by our Learning Center. All kinds of articles on getting started, building the coop or tractor, raising the chicks, picking the breeds and keeping your adult flock happy healthy and safe from predators...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

Here is the link to our tractor pages and maybe you can find a few hints on building yours here....https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-tractors-mobile-chicken-coop-designs

We do have a breeds section however I like this page on the different breed descriptions that has more specific information...http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

Many breeds do well in our climate...Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, Barred Rocks, Easter Eggers, etc...I keep Black Australorps and Plymouth Barred Rocks. Both very friendly breeds, hardy healthwise, they can withstand both heat and cold if given proper shelter and are excellent layers, even later in life. They make great lap sitters too!! LOL

Your local feed store probably carries chicks in the spring time and if they do, they will also carry chick starter and layer feed. Stop by this link to our Chicken Treats Chart as to what other goodies chickens enjoy....https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

Good luck on this new journey!! If you have any further questions, feel free to ask. Stay warm up there, hopefully this warm weather holds out!! :)

Welcome to our flock!! :)
 

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TwoCrows has given you a lot of good information to help you get started, so make yourself at home and have fun.

Thanks for joining us!
 

tjohnson505

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Hello!
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Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
 

nubbard

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I'm in the Farmington area. I'm just getting back to raising chickens. I raised chickens with my grandmother until I went and got cityfied.
You can almost raise any breed you'd like in this area. My other grandma used to hatch and sell chicks, all different kinds. She had pens of different breeds all over her property.
Up to, and including emu's.
I always liked the domineckers, aracaunas, and amaracaunas.
After taking 18 years off, I'm going to try to raise chickens again.
 

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