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From the Missouri hills

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JMBailey, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. JMBailey

    JMBailey New Egg

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    I don't have any chickens clucking in my backyard yet, but I'm very interested. I'd like to raise poultry for eggs, but I also like the idea of having a friendly relationship with them.

    I'm trying to gather as much information as I can before I start, so that I can have the greatest likelihood of success. Success, in my mind, means not being surprised by commonplace difficulties and being prepared to deal with them!

    I look forward to learning from others' experience.
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] So glad you joined us. There's a lot of helpful information on this site and a greatly supportive membership. I would start in the learning center, there's a lot of info there. Feel free to ask lots of questions.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    The Learning Center has lots of helpful information: Learning Center Articles
    I would also check out the Coops page for information on building a chicken coop: Coop Designs

    What breeds are you interested in? If you haven't decided yet, I would advise looking at the Breeds section: Chicken Breeds - BackYard Chickens Community

    Raising chickens may seem somewhat daunting at first, but as long as you research and prepare ahead of time, it is actually rather easy.

    Feel free to ask any questions that you have! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2014
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You have come to the right place for all the learning and fun! Unfortunately there will always be surprises when you keep poultry. LOL They love to take you on a ride of complete mystery! And the learning never stops! Even after decades of keeping chickens, they will keep you guessing.

    Definitely stop by the links that BantamLover has provided.

    Lots of nice breeds out there. I am a fan of the Orpingtons...Buff Orpingtons and Black Australorps. Very docile, friendly birds and great on the laying! My girls are 3 1/2 years old and are still laying well. They are also huge lap sitters! Can't sit anywhere without and Aussie wanting some lovin' on my lap.

    Great to have you aboard! Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join us. If you want to be certain of friendly relationships with your birds, I would suggest getting birds such as Australorps, Orpingtons, Cochins, Brahmas, Silkies, Sussex, or Faverolles that have a well deserved reputation for being friendly and gentle. If eggs are a priority, Australorps are the best layers on this list. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your flock.
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Buff orpingtons are my favorite breed! Super affectionate and friendly, great layers and pigs basically sums them up!
     
  9. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Raising chickens is fun and rewarding, have fun with it. [​IMG]
     
  10. StephensonC

    StephensonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! Glad to have you and you will learn everything you need to know from this site!
     

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