Brand Spankin' New

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hirsky, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. hirsky

    hirsky Hatching

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    Hi everyone!

    As the title of the thread suggests, I am brand spankin' new to this community and to raising chickens. I've spent a lot of time reading the forums and articles in anticipation of this day, and am excited to start! Decided to copy and paste the forum template to get started.

    Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?
    Brand spankin' new. Just bought a coop (https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/producers-pride-defender-chicken-coop) that seemed to be the best bang for my buck. Gives me the number of chickens I want (10-12) and the type/size of run I want. A little expensive, but seemed well-rated overall. I am also not handy [AT ALL] so building a coop on my own based on a design was not feasible.

    How many chickens do you have right now? What breeds?
    This is step 2 for me. I want to get 10-12 chickens, but am unsure of the breed to get. Any suggestions are very much appreciated for a first time chick-raiser.

    What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens?
    Simply put, the eggs. I eat 12-16 eggs/week and love high-quality bright-orange-yolked eggs. I have a feeling I'll fall in love with my chickens, too, but I'm too pragmatic to list that as my favorite aspect.

    What are some of your other hobbies?
    I own and operate a small garden. I also read and write a bunch - fantasy fiction mostly.

    Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.
    Married with a little girl on the way. Part of my motivation for raising chickens is so I can get used to them and get in a routine before I get have to get used to a little human.
     
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  2. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to our FUNomenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of fun! :wee
     
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  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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  4. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join your wonderful community! :welcome
     
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  5. crazy4ChickensNducks

    crazy4ChickensNducks Songster

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    Welcome! I would return the coop, the seller has not given the coop dimensions, but I would put no more than 6 chickens in the coop, if your following the 4 sqft rule ( which is recommended) then it could maybe hold 6.
     
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  6. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    :welcome Might I suggest you start w/ 6 for your first year, coop size and being a newbie? Tons of breeds to start off with for egg layers . One of each ! See what suits you. :frow
     
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  7. Sassysouth

    Sassysouth Free Ranging

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    Welcome!!!
     
  8. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    LOL You beat me to it !!
     
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  9. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    I hope you haven't assembled the coop. I've yet to read of a single person who is happy with a pre-fab coop.
    I see you feel you have no building skills. However, you would be better served by converting a shed into a coop and putting up a large electrified poultry net for a run. It would cost about the same as what you paid for the pre-fab but would be much better.
     
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  10. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    I checked it out. Its better then the others I have seen.
     
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