Chicken Newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by schaferjm, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. schaferjm

    schaferjm Just Hatched

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    Hello All! My wife and I are new to the chicken rearing game and are here to learn from the experts. My wife grew up with horses and farm settings so we are not complete strangers to the lifestyle but are in need of some good resources and advice. We are looking to build our first coop and house 4-6 hens. We live in Northern California in an urban/suburban setting on 0.5 acre. We have a 4 year old son and 6 month old baby daughter as well a dog and cat. I look forward to sleepless nights reading the forum section and trying to retain as much chicken wisdom as possible!
     
  2. Cayuga momma

    Cayuga momma If u try, u risk failure. If u don’t, u ensure it. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!:welcome
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC.

    This is a great link, imo - http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

    On this link you'll find lots of information on almost every aspect of keeping chickens - from coop building ideas, to incubating eggs - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/


    There’s a link on the page above to the Learning Centre - it’s a great resource. If you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.


    Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive


    You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find Your State Thread

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
  4. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    :welcome:celebrate

    Glad you're here !

    A must have for your poultry is a FIRST AID KIT for any issues that would arise. (https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/suggestions-for-a-first-aid-kit.1150128/) and (https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...essential-supplies-and-how-to-use-them.64830/)
    It's definitely better to have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it.

    Also, make sure your coop(s) have a proper amount of VENTILATION. (https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...-there-and-cut-more-holes-in-your-coop.47774/) Your chickens will absolutely thank you for it!

    One last thing, if you're into gardening, feel free to join this years SEED SWAP (https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/seed-swap.1220129/)
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the BYC flock. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do.
     
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  6. 007Sean

    007Sean Flock Master Premium Member

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    Howdy :frow
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens. So happy you decided to join us.
     
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  7. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

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    :welcome Enjoy yourself, read lots and learn from the amazing people here!!:)
     
  8. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Reading. Must read more. Premium Member Project Manager

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    :welcome
    :yesss: We are glad you joined this flock!
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.

    This video will help you learn how to navigate this site:


    Coop Ideas:
    Chicken Coops

    BYC has an APP!
     
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  9. LittleBrownie

    LittleBrownie Queen of Stache

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    :welcome

    It's nice to have you here!
     
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  10. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Flock Master

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    :welcome There's many knowledgable and helpful members here so this site should be a useful resource on your chicken adventures. Best of luck :thumbsup
     
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