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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Luckymommn, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Luckymommn

    Luckymommn New Egg

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    Hello. I just happened by this great site! I have ordered a chicken coop for spring delivery. I have registered for a class at thee U of Mn class extension on raising backyard chickens. I live in Minnesota and just moved to a town which allows hens! So, it's a dream come true. A few weekends ago the EggPlante store in St. Paul sponsored a self-guided coop "walk". Over 27 coops were on display, mostly city settings. Such fun seeing the different settings and most of all talking to the residents. So, for me, spring can't come too soon! One thing I gleamed from a couple keepers was to get juveniles to start my brood. Thoughts? :)
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] It sounds like things are coming together nicely for you! You can start with day-old chicks, older chicks, POL (point of lay) hens, or older chickens. Whichever is the easiest for you. Chicks need to be kept warm and in a brooder for the first 6-7 weeks, which is an extra hassle, but the benefit of raising chicks yourself is that they grow up completely tame and used to being handled by you. Older chickens are usually a bit more skittish, depending on breed and personality. The downside of chicks however is having to wait 5 months or longer for eggs, whereas POL pullets will lay within a few weeks. Personally I prefer raising chicks as I like seeing them grow up and bonding with them in the process. Older chickens may be easier for you though.
     
  3. Luckymommn

    Luckymommn New Egg

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    Thank you SO much for your insight and seasoned advice! I am happy to be a part of this new (to me) community! Have a great weekend!:)
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    You're welcome and same to you! [​IMG] Do let us know when you get your chickens and in the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. We've all been "new" once!
     
  5. sdm111

    sdm111 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to the site. Get a bag of corid now and put it in the cabinet for the first outbreak of cocci.
     
  6. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] glad you joined our flock
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. I'll pray for an early spring. [​IMG]
     
  10. Teri Metcalf

    Teri Metcalf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greetings from Texas! You're going about it the right way by taking a class, taking a "coop walk," and finding this site.

    You'll definitely be ready for some spring chickens.
     

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