Hello from the thumb of Michigan!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sixmurphys, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. sixmurphys

    sixmurphys New Egg

    Apr 21, 2009
    Hello, my husband and I have 4 children and we are considering setting up a chicken coop for our own farm fresh eggs.

    There are a bunch of baby chicks at our local Tractor Supply store, but how do I know what kind to get? How do I tell if they are girls? I'm also wondering how many we should start out with. A coupe dozen eggs a week would be about right for our family.

    Can I go and buy the chicks and put them in the bathtub while we are building the coop? I don't want them to all be gone by time we are really ready for them!

    Sorry so many questions... I will be off to go and read some more now!


  2. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Welcome Kim!

    You will have to check out the Michigan thread.

    As for chicks...I always order from a hatchery. That way I know what I am getting are pullets (girls) and what breed.

    PM me and I can recommend a few hatcheries.

  3. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008

    I will try to answer a few of your questions. Make sure you get out of a bin that says pullet, straight run could be either. You will just have to do your research to see which chicks will suit you best. I suppose a bathtub could be used as a brooder. Just make sure you keep a heat lamp on them and feed and water. There is a lot of good information on this site. Read, read, read, and then sit back and enjoy your chickens!
  4. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    yes, welcome to byc.
  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Hi Kim and [​IMG] from S. Florida. enjoy your endevor in chickenhood! You'll love it!
  7. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    Hello from Indiana and [​IMG]
  8. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    [​IMG] from SW Indiana.
    I'm new to this also and started with 12 pullets from local feed store. I kept them in a box in the basement with a brood light on. They are still there and will go to the coop this weekend when it's finished.
    I bought a book on chickens to find out what kind to get. Look for the traits you want such as cold tolerant?, docile, egg production, broodiness,etc.
    I ended up with 2 of each (Rhode Island red. Barred rock, buff orpington, black sexlinks, black australorps and silver-laced wyandottes).
    You can learn more from this site than anywhere! It is addictive.

    Good Luck!
  9. sixmurphys

    sixmurphys New Egg

    Apr 21, 2009
    Thank you so much for the friendly welcome!

    We have a large shed 12x16 in the back yard. I'm thinking we could build the coop off one side of the shed. They would have a decent size run area, part of it shaded with trees.

    Our local store has "assorted pullets" and comets??? There was one bin that had week olds and they were only $1 a piece.

    This is going to be fun!
  10. Lil_Chickadee

    Lil_Chickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2009

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