Chicken Class

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Coopman, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Coopman

    Coopman New Egg

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    Hello Everyone,
    I’ve ordered a few chicks from a very nice store in Guilford, CT. (Lakeside Feed) which will be picked up toward the end of March. I’m very excited.

    I’ve read everything I could get my hands on about chickens, chicks, breeds, feed, coops and health issues. I was hoping to take a class or seminar between now and then to learn how to handle my chicks. Have any of you done this type of thing earlier in your chicken careers, or is it safe to rely on everything I’ve read? I live in Norwalk, CT.

    Thanks in advance for sharing your experience.

    Best,
    Mark
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Check out the Learning Center, above. Should be all you need. First step is, check out local laws and be sure they are legal, and whether there are restrictions ( no roosters, distance from lot line, etc.) Good luck!
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    :frow Welcome to the forum! :frow Glad you joined us! :frow

    Is it safe to rely on everything you've read? No. You need a reliable source. Just because you read something on the internet, in those magazines like Countryside, Mother Earth News, and Backyard Poultry, or in books does not make it reliable. The information you get off this forum is not necessarily reliable. Some of it is downright wrong. It's not that people are mean, cruel, and malicious. They either read wrong information from someone else, misinterpret what they read, or forget that there is an "if" or a "might" that goes along with that. Just because something could possibly happen does not mean that it absolutely will each and every time.

    Chickens are really adaptable. As long as you provide the basics of feed, water, and shelter, they will normally do really well. You will get a whole lot of different opinions on what is required for each of these, partly because so many different things work and partly because of personal preference.

    We all keep chickens in different circumstances for different reasons. What works for me might not work for you. You need to sort out the information and see what applies to your situation. If someone is raising chickens to try to win a grand prize at a show, then they will manage them differently than I do. If you have a small suburban back yard where they have to stay confined, you need to do things differently than I do in the country.

    Where can you find reliable information. I suggest you go to a few hatchery websites and read what they say about taking care of the chicks. The hatcheries are professionals and they want you to have success with your chicks. I suggest looking at the Learning Center at the top of this page. It has a lot of good information in it, but remember to match it to your specific situation. Read the different threads and articles on this site, but filter them for your circumstances. Do not be afraid to start your own thread and post questions.

    Keeping chickens does not have to be hard. Their diet does not have to be nearly as complicated as some people like to make it. They do need water. That is really important. They need shelter from the environment but again, that does not have to be really complicated. They don't care what it looks like. Cute and color coordinated is for us, not them. Keep them dry, block direct breezes from blowing on them, and provide enough ventilation so they can breathe good air and they will be happy, even ecstatic. They need protection from predators. What kind off protection depends on where you live and how you manage them. And one of my personal preference type of things. You can get by with a lot of different set-ups as far as space, but I find that the more space I give them, the less hard I have to work.

    Good luck and again :frow to the adventure.
     
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  4. Coopman

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    Hello Flockwatcher,

    Thank you for your reply. I'm still working on the local laws,
    and I'm getting a run-around, as I expected.
    This is exciting.
    Thanks again.
    Best,
    Mark
     
  5. Coopman

    Coopman New Egg

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    Hello Ridgerunner,
    Many thanks for your thoughtful and sobering words. Although I'm getting a bit of a run-around from my
    town hall, nothing in the existing ordinances flatly disallow chickens. I'm confident that this will all come
    together shortly.

    You're clearly a very experienced in the raising of chickens. This is an entirely new, albeit it, exciting undertaking.
    Although I've raised and enjoyed my dog for eighteen years, I expect that my chickens will provide very different
    rewards.

    Once again, thank you for your response. It was deeply appreciated.

    Best,
    Mark
     
  6. Hyline

    Hyline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coopman, there are some great magazines available too, Practical Poultry is fantastic and very informative. I knew nothing when I decided to get my first birds, and some years on have found this magazine a great reference. I also pick my avian vet's brains whenever I get the chance!


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  7. indi

    indi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like what Hyline said, Practical Poultry is a great magazine! I have one copy and it is so unbelievably useful!

    I wish you the best of luck with you new chickens!!
     

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