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Hello from the South Carolina lowcountry

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ewoldis, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. ewoldis

    ewoldis New Egg

    Jan 5, 2014
    We've been longtime readers of BYC, but this is our first post to a forum. We made the leap to move to SC from eastern PA in July (couldn't take the winters anymore), with our dogs and two Redstar ladies, and have since added a Serama hen and roo. We've finished construction on a nice new coop with plenty of space for them, and are now looking to add to the flock. We are looking for 8-10 new chicks/young hens so we are unable to meet minimums for mail order. But I'm having difficulty finding any breeders here in SC...

    We are hoping to find heritage breeds that are docile and tolerate staying in the coop and run. We love our Redstars but have learned that because of their breeding and genetics are very prone to health problems associated with egg laying (we lost 3 of our original 5 to these issues). We enjoy their eggs but prolific production isn't necessary, these are going to basically be pets. Any suggestions as to types of breeds as well as where we might be able to find them available would be greatly appreciated. We don't mind travelling a bit. We love BYC and look forward to now being more apart of the community.

  2. TwoCrows

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

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

    You might start here with the breed section of BYC for info in the different breeds....


    Also, there are hatcheries out there that do sell a handful of chicks at a time. If you do a google search you might find them. I can't think of any names at this moment.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2 on the BYC Breeds section, the Henderson chicken breed chart also compares a lot of popular breeds, http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html#j Wyandottes, Orpingtons, Sussex and Delawares are all popular breeds that are decent egg layers and have nice temperaments, if you like more pet chickens and don't care as much about eggs, silkies and cochins seem to be the most popular. Check out your state thread for people in your area in case some one local has what you are looking for. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/127943/south-carolina Meyer Hatchery and the broker My Pet Chicken, both have three chick minimums... if you are getting chicks in the spring you might consider getting the 15-25 chicks most hatcheries have as a min as sexed pullets and selling any extras, usually pullet chicks are really easy to sell.
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    Howdy from Upper SC!
  6. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Tending to my chickens
    [​IMG] You might try checking in and asking the question on your state's thread in the "Where am I, Where are You" section of the forum. Good luck!
  7. danceinchicken

    danceinchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2013
    WELCOME [​IMG]......I am starting from scratch , with an order from Cackle Hatchery...This spring.[​IMG]
  8. chickenneighbor

    chickenneighbor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2010
    Hello from Maine!
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - you picked a good winter to miss up here.

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