Getting started

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sdetwiler333, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. sdetwiler333

    sdetwiler333 In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2014
    Warsaw, IN
    Hi all: We are just thinking about starting a small backyard chicken coop. So I will have lots of questions. I got interested in this after hearing that chickens are now being raised here (U.S.A.) then being sent to China for processing , then being shipped back. Doesn't make sense. But there are no requirements for labeling that they were processed in China. That is scary to me. We, my family are all becoming more aware of wanting to know where our food is coming from. So will probably be checking out some of the other forums as well.
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    :welcome. Hope you enjoy this site and good luck with your future flock.:frow
  3. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Songster

    Dec 2, 2013
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC. The best info on getting started is here. It sure helped us.

    And yes, I want to know what I'm eating! Our birds are free range, organic. And the eggs are way better than the commercial junk!!

    Doing it yourself is the way to go. You know what they eat, how they live and where they've been. Commercial chickens are horribly mistreated and chemically processed.

    Best of cluck to ya!!
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. There is nothing like getting your own fresh eggs and meat. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Do you have any particular breeds in mind?
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yes, nothing better than home grown food! You have no idea what goes on over seas with our food. Scary stuff!!

    This is the place to be for all the learning and fun. You might start in our learning center for all kinds of tips and hints on raising your new flock...

    And if you need help with raising your meat chickens or processing them, stop by our Meat Birds forums where you can ask all kinds of questions...

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Homegrown eggs and fresh meat always taste so much better!
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
  8. sdetwiler333

    sdetwiler333 In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2014
    Warsaw, IN
    Thanks for the welcome.I'm going to come right out and admit I don't know the first thing about this. How to make the coop , how much space is needed etc. My goal is to have both layers and chickens for meat, and to try to keep a steady rotation going of young birds and layers and birds for eating. If there is a do all breed that is what I would be most interested in. Looking forward to a great learning experience.
  9. sdetwiler333

    sdetwiler333 In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2014
    Warsaw, IN
    No breed in mind yet. I added a post on this thread outlining what my goal is. All information is appreciated. Thanks again.
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think that you are looking for is a dual purpose breed that can be decent layers, and also grow to a good size at an early age, for processing. It is always a good idea to have staggered flocks, so as one set retires, you have others to take over.

    It is nice meeting you and welcome to the Best Yard Chickens flock.

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