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  1. Dljohnson

    Dljohnson Out Of The Brooder

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    My family and I have so much to learn about all of this but we are so excited. We are looking into finding chickens that are great egg/meat producers. My daughter wants unique and pretty chickens. We can house about 60 chickens in our chicken coop and about the same amount of turkeys or ducks in the other coop but so unsure about what kinds and where to get them. Budget is small at this time. Where do you find the great deals to get started. Thank you.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    You have come to the right place for poultry knowledge! Ask questions, do searches, or just peruse the forums - thousands of friendly and wise folks to help you on your journey! For "great deals" I would think about re-purposing other things you already have that can be used for what you need. Also, Craigslist is a great place to look. Maybe just drive around your area - look for former chicken keeping structures - knock on the door and ask. Might stumble into a real deal that way! Best of luck to you!
     
  3. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] glad you joined us! local breeders, and people an craidslist is a great place to get started. polish, silkies, and cochins are all pretty breeds, as for egg laying austrolorps, rhode island reds, and legherns, are nice. oh and ameraucanas, and marans lay blue and chocolate colored eggs. so those are nice =)
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC. Understand that the cheapest deals are not always 'great ' deals when buying poultry. Health issues are always a concern. Study the forums before buying.
     
  5. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For dual purpose I would look into Wyandottes, Orpington, Australorp, Rocks, Delaware. Or raise egg layers and purchase meat birds a couple of times a year for butchering. Unique and pretty don't go as much with dual purpose... Silkies and cochins are not GREAT egg layers and I dont think there would be much for meat. Wyandottes come in many colors and are a heritage breed. Wyandottes so far are my favorite. If you are going raise ALOT of birds and butcher you may want to check out the incubator page and possibly build your own incubator. OR purchase an incubator. Buying chicks can get EXPENSIVE. I am not really a hatchery fan, I prefer to find a good breeder of what I am looking for. This is my second year and I am planning on building an incubator and ordering some hatching eggs. MUCH cheaper and seems more FUN than ordering chicks!
     
  6. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would also put a light in the coop. I thought I would not care about eggs in the winter....But it is REALLY annoying to buy eggs from the store when the chickens are out in the coop...NOT laying! I am going to build a bigger permenant coop and put a light in the coop over the winter to keep them laying next year.
     
  7. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] X 2 Sourland's advice!! Ask around and be careful when you buy "bargains". Raising chicks will be your cheapest bet, though you'll have to wait 5-6 months for the first eggs. A friend of mine kept track of every sent he spent on his flock and told me one day how much his hens cost by the time that laid their first eggs. It was about 60% of what I paid for my point-of-lay pullets! If you incubate and hatch your own you will also save money in the long run.

    Read a few of the threads here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/16/chicken-breeders-hatcheries

    And check out this chart:

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    And have fun!!
     
  9. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
     
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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