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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by aaiello513, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. aaiello513

    aaiello513 Hatching

    Apr 14, 2017
    Plaistow, NH
    Hi Everyone!

    I am as new as can be to the chicken world. We just closed on a house in Newton, NH and once we move in at the end of the month, I plan on starting my BYC flock. I have been researching and I am thinking I would like New Hampshire Reds, Rhode Island Reds and Ameraucanas; I'm thinking a total of 6-8 chicks to start. My husband has owned chickens in the past but this will be my first time. I would love any advise or tips that any of you would be willing to share.

    Thank you!


  2. Hillaire

    Hillaire Chirping

    Mar 13, 2017
    Hudson Valley NY
    build the coop before you get the chicks, and make sure you do the research on raising chicks. Sounds like you have a good head start with your hubby having the experience of raising chickens prior.
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  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under aaiello513 [​IMG] Welcome!

    I recommend a visit to the Learning Centre; lots of good tips there: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    This is a link to the Raising Chicks Forum should you have questions when they arrive: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/11/raising-baby-chicks

    Finally, you might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
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  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Pleased you joined our community! With the links and advice given by Teila, you should be all set! Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :)
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  7. HeidelberrFarms

    HeidelberrFarms In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2017
    Welcome from a fellow newbie!

    You're getting some great advice here. The only thing that I would add is to get more chickens than you think you need. For no other reason that you're going to add more anyway so you might as well give in to chicken math from the start ;)

    Enjoy your chicken journey and keep posting!

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  8. aaiello513

    aaiello513 Hatching

    Apr 14, 2017
    Plaistow, NH
    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome...and tips! :)

    I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions to come!

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