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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by abeebe1989, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. abeebe1989

    abeebe1989 New Egg

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    Hello from Anderson, SC. I just want to start out by saying I am completely new to chicken raising. In the researching stage of egg-layers right now. Also, I live in the city limits and unsure if I am allowed to have any hens. If anyone has any advice, it would be very appreciated.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock! First of, check here to find out about your local laws and ordinances:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/3/Laws

    (Your state thread for locals) https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread/0_30

    Once you got the go-ahead, here's a quick guide to chicken breed(s) choosing and your options:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...cken-guide-to-picking-backyard-chicken-breeds

    Best of luck with your venture and fingers crossed the ordinances are in your favour!
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I'd suggest that you contact your city / town administration regarding whether keeping chickens is permitted.

    I've just seen @Sumi's post, which also provides excellent links to help you out.

    Good luck
    CT
     
  4. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC
    Glad you could join us.

    If your city has rules against chicken keeping -
    You can choose to keep stealth chickens - there are coop plans and everything.
    I would suggest you only have hens - many chicken vendors will send you sexed chicks.
    My pet Chicken
    Murry McMurry
    to name a couple

    You might pick bantams - They lay perfect snack sized eggs I love cochin bantams but they are not the greatest layers. The cochin females are very quiet. Fuzzy little feather balls
    Australops are big enormous chickens but I found them to be very quiet and good at not leaving the chicken run - very good layers - very sweet and loving, pretty too (They are black)
    I have had good luck with Orpingtons - Buff, I swear are the nicest but they would jump out of the run all the time, I have had black orps and Blue orps - beautiful sweet chickens - great layers
    Once chickens start to lay eggs you get 1 egg per chicken per day.
    Be careful about chicken math - sometimes we get so excited, we order more chickens than we need and you can only eat so much quiche.

    I love New Hamshire Reds - great layers - quiet - My rhode island reds liked to announce they were laying eggs, leg horns too - great Layers but LOUD layers.

    So if you have to be stealthy - ask about the different breeds.

    I grew up in San Jose California and in my suburban neighborhood, many of the neighbors kept chickens. They hired me as a teen to house sit and feed them. The surrounding neighbors often had no idea. Parrots are so much more obnoxious and louder than any chicken I ever had. They have rooster collars now too that quiet the crowing.

    Good Luck to you in your adventures in Chicken Keeping.
    Caroline
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  5. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, Welcome to BYC. You've definitely come to the right place! As you see ^ The people here are very friendly - and always willing to help out in any way they can. I've learnt so much from this site, and I continue to learn everyday. You're gonna love it here! Hope to see you around :D
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You can find out about laws/restrictions by going to or calling your village hall. If you plan to take the stealth route do have a plan B, for when a neighbor turns you into the authorities, and they give you a few days to divest yourself of all chickens. Not fun at all.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. abeebe1989

    abeebe1989 New Egg

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    Thanks so much for the info and welcoming me. I have 2 young daughters that are ages 6 and 7 so I'll definitely want chickens that don't mind some love and attention occasionally. Any suggestions?
     

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