First timer...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ajalogan, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. ajalogan

    ajalogan Hatching

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    So I'm new to the chicken game and getting ready to make a coop, get chicks, and hopefully have some fresh eggs for the first time. When is the best time of year to get started? Obviously I can start on the coop now but when is the best time to introduce birds to the coop? Is the upcoming Winter a concern or should I just wait until Spring?
     
  2. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

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    Hi! Welcome to BYC :) I got my chickens, just a few days old, in mid-April. Personally if I were to get chicks again I'd get them in March. Your chickens won't lay until (normally based on breed) 20-24wks, so right now I have 5 out of 6 chickens laying and it's looking like there is a good chance my last chicken won't start laying unless I give them extra light. Chickens need 12-14hrs of day light in order to lay, so with my decreasing day light I'm at the point where I have to decide if I'm going to let them stop laying over the colder months or not
     
  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

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  4. AK Baha

    AK Baha Songster

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    [​IMG] Careful chickens are very addicting.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]Happy you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! You can raise chicks any time you want, but you fill find it easier to get them in Spring.
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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  8. ajalogan

    ajalogan Hatching

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    :( I kinda figured I should wait. Oh well, gives me time to work on the coop and run and get everything setup right. It's going to be a long Winter waiting:)
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC!
     

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