Dia Duit, from Ireland!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Breifne, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Breifne

    Breifne Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, everyone! My wife and I are just about to move into a home with a fair bit of land for the first time in our lives, and we have a desire to make an entrance into the world of backyard chicken raising. We have nothing at the present stage -- no birds, no coop, no run -- but will be making acquisitions within the next several weeks. Hope to find the answers we need here, and from snooping around a bit before registering, I'm certain we will.

    For now, what is a reasonable number to begin with? We'll want all hens as we aren't interested in breeding for now. Also, is it best to get started with hens that are feathered and ready to be placed in the coop straightaway?

    Cheers!


    ~ Riain
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    [​IMG]. Now as for you questions I would start with a small number. 4 -6 may be a good start. Many people prefer to start with chicks and enjoy raising them. I personally prefer buying adults.
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

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    You came to the right place for chicken answers.

    Imp
     
  4. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad you joined us!
     
  5. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Hi Riain,

    Welcome to the forum.

    How exciting to get started with chickens. My view is that you will probably get several different answers to your questions- it seems that everybody approaches their chicken rearing in a different way, and heaven knows we are all opinionated! ;O)

    What worked for me was to get 3 to start. I wasn't 100% sure how much I would become involved in chickens. I got a hen that could already produce eggs, and two pullets that were 4-5 months old. Within the month -- every one was laying. It is astonishing how many eggs just a couple of chickens can produce. If you have space and facilities, you will probably want to start with more, although from what I see, and reading the Omlet forum, in the UK it is very usual for people to have small flocks.... like two chckens in their garden.

    If you want eggs for just your family, I would say a hen for each person plus one hen. If you want eggs to sell -- then, of course more.

    You will find that people here are VERY enthusiastic about their chickens...and it is contageous!

    Glad that you will be around here.
     
  6. Breifne

    Breifne Out Of The Brooder

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  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello Riain, and welcome to BYC from Ohio in the United States!

    Glad you joined!

    Sharon
     
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Quote:It would work however most of the coops that come with the supplies are very over priced. If you can get ahold of some lumber and other supplies you could make a very similar coop for much less.
     
  10. Breifne

    Breifne Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I figured as much, but I'm not handy in the slightest with a hammer and nails. I've seen a slightly smaller one available assembled and delivered for a good bit less...perhaps I should opt for that one.
     

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