City boy moves to country


5 Years
Jul 20, 2014
I'm mike I moved to Georgia 2 years ago from jersey where i grew up in apartments my entire life. After a few years in the army and and injury I have been blessed to be able to move to a 5 acre piece of land in central Georgia outside city limits in a livestock area..I am completely fascinated by the idea of raising chickens for eggs but am not the type to just jump into things with doing what some would cal exxxxtensive research...especially when it comes to the life of an animal.
I hope talk will bear with me while I lurk for a while and pic up as much info as I can without asking questions that have already been asked...I understand how a forum works lol...thanks again for welcoming me and I look forward to learning and getting to know some of you while sharing my progress into what I see as an extremely rewarding and exciting hobby/lifestyle


Love is Silkie soft!
7 Years
Oct 13, 2014
Don't like your attitude, change your latitude
Hello there!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. Never feel afraid to ask any question. Regardless if someone may have asked before. So make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. You are doing the wise thing, learning before you get your chicks. When I got my girls and boys, I had bought books. But the information on this site far exceeds that of those books. :D

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Aug 26, 2009
Out to pasture
Hi Mike, nice to meet you. Yes do ask questions. When I started on here I didn't know a hen could lay eggs without a rooster. I'm sure that is a question asked a million times but, no one made fun of me. Consequently years later when someone asked how long the hens nurse the chicks, I didn't make fun of her either. Questions deserve an answer and if we don't know one - we will send you to someone that does. Welcome to BYC.


5 Years
Jul 20, 2014
Thanks guys I feel welcome already
And funny you mention learning about hens not needing a rooster. I myself just learned that and my mind was blown because that was all that was standing in my way lol
I did t want roosters

Michael OShay

5 Years
May 14, 2014
Welcome to BYC, Mike. Glad you decided join our flock. I currently have 25 hens and no roosters in my flock, and I get loads of eggs without all the aggression, fights, biting and feather plucking, crowing in the middle of the night, feeding of non-productive mouths, drop off in egg production, and over-breeding and battering of hens that goes along with having a rooster (especially too many). My hens are stress free and enjoying life without a rooster around. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your chickens.


BYC Staff
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Dec 12, 2013
Hi Mike, welcome to BYC!

I love it when people care enough about animals to do research before diving into ownership. Too many times unwanted animals end up without a home so making sure this is something you really want to do is important.

We've had chickens for about 1 1/2 years and now I can't imagine not having them around. They are so interesting, there's always something new to learn about them. And of course, watching 'chicken tv' is one of the best forms of entertainment around, lol.

Please feel free to ask questions if you want. It took me a while to learn the layout of this website and no one ever seemed to mind if I stumbled into the wrong forum by accident. BYC has a lot of members (of all levels of experience) and has forums for a lot of different interests (all types of poultry, other farm animals, gardening, self-sufficiency, hobbies, etc.), look around and see what strikes your fancy.

Nice to have you here and good luck with your future flock!

P.S. Thank you for your service and congratulations on a new place in GA.

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