Hello — complete novice with lots of research and zero experience! :D

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ShortHenTallPen, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. ShortHenTallPen

    ShortHenTallPen Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone,

    I've been lurking on the BYC for a couple of years. Looking stuff up and coveting different chickens! I love the site and have found so much information here!

    I'm finally joining since my family will be getting our first chickens this year! It's the dream of a lifetime for my husband and I - chickens were actually the topic of discussion when we started dating and fell in love :D Ten years, one transatlantic move, two little girls later, and one country-dream-house later, we're finally able to realize one of our most cherished dreams this year.... now we just have to build the coop without wrecking our marriage :D

    We're up Ontario, Canada, so I've been researching hardy birds, and I've got my heart set on heritage breeds — we'll be getting a small flock of layers this year - 5 or 6 hens, and a couple of ducks. We'd like to raise birds for meat too, probably hybrids, perhaps starting next year, but we're starting small!

    Our experience in looking after things is limited to hamsters, mice, rats, cats, injured wild animals, and children... Despite extensive reading and scouring the internet for a few years, I'm expecting the practical realities to be a steep learning curve, but we can't wait!

    Pleased to be here! :)

    Rach.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] We're glad you joined us!

    What breeds of chickens are you planning on getting?

    I would be sure to check out the informative Learning Center: Learning Center Articles Also, feel free to ask any questions that you have! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     
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  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
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  4. TwoCrows

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

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Good luck with all your poultry adventures! Definitely stop by our learning center too. Lots of great articles on raising chickens.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
     
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  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. A lot of us were lurkers before joining. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. With regard to hardy heritage breeds, do you have a breed preference?
     
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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    We'll be glad to answer any questions you may have. If you haven't picked a breed out already, three hardy heritage breeds that I know of are Buckeyes, Chanteclers, and Dominiques. These three breeds are considered to be hardy and reasonably good layers.
     
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  7. LogCabinChicks

    LogCabinChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! I can tell you this board is awesome for anytime you have questions or emergencies. I just wanted to say Hi! I live just outside of Watertown NY...just a few hours from you! [​IMG]
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock. After the Learning center, head for "Raising Backyard chickens."
     
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  9. ShortHenTallPen

    ShortHenTallPen Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the replies - good to be welcomed so heartily :)

    We're considering he following breeds - not sure whether we'll have a mixed flock or one breed yet - it might depend on what's available to us, as I'm not exactly sure where we'll be getting the birds yet...

    Chickens:
    Brahma
    Orpingtons
    Wyandotte
    Easter Eggers or Ameraucanas if we can get pures
    Partridge Chantecler

    We were lucky enough to get a peek at some Partridge Chanteclers this weekend, when we bought a half lamb at a local farm and they surprised us by offering a peek at their birds - Silver a Dorking and Partridge Chanteclers. The Chanties are beautiful, but pretty shy... I think the bigger, friendlier breeds would be better for our family - we have a 6- and a 3-year-old! I'm open to ideas though - the Buckeyes look good too.

    For ducks:
    Indian Runners (I know they're shy, but I've wanted them since I was a kid, so the kids will have to just look!
    Aylesbury or Silver Appleyard maybe

    It all depends on how big I can get my husband to build the coop :D he also mentioned,looking over my shoulder, that the "we" considering he breeds could be just me... hee-hee!

    Anyway - I have some questions about breeds that I'll post in a relevant board/thread!

    Thanks again all :)

    Rach.
     
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You're welcome. The first breed I ever had were Brahmas (about 50 years ago), and they were gentle giants. I love Orpingtons. I've had them for years, and they are very cold hardy, calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them), and good layers of large, brown eggs. Our Easter Eggers are my granddaughter's (pictured in my avatar) favorite chickens. She loves their colored eggs. Whatever breeds you end up getting, good luck with your flock.
     
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