Hello from Utah

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Holyhabanero, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Holyhabanero

    Holyhabanero Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2010
    I've never raised chickens, but it has been something I'm very interested in. Last year I wrote letters to my city council to encourage them to allow chickens to be raised in city limits and if everything goes well, at the end of this month, they will pass the ordinance. So now I'm trying to learn everything I can so I hit the ground running.

    I'm interested in raising chickens for the eggs, but with four kids, I also need them to be fairly docile, so I think I've narrowed my choices to Rhode Island Red and/or Barred Plymouth Rock. My next step is to start working on a coop.

    My main question is when do I purchase the chicks? Cal-Ranch, my local farm store, says they don't get chicks in until around Easter because it is so cold here in Utah, but I don't know if I can wait that long. Should I be patient, or can I really get them earlier and start right away?
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    First of all [​IMG]!

    You can order your chicks online from many hatcheries. Ideal here in Texas has already started shipping.

    This is just my opinion, but my Barred Rocks are incredibly docile and friendly and my RIRs are standoffish and can be a bit aggressive. I always encourage anyone to get BRs to start with. I adore mine.

    Good luck with your chicken venture. You're gonna love it!
  3. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Welcome! Welcome! You need to wait...you will probably keep the chicks in the house for the first month, but believe me you will want to get them outside with a heat lamp asap. They are loads of fun, but so dusty you won't believe it!! Try to time it so that by the time they are feathered out, they can move outside to their coop. Tons of info on this site- you will learn everything you need to know! Enjoy!

    NGT ANGL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    Locust Grove, VA
    [​IMG] from Virginia!
  5. Firework

    Firework Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2008
    [​IMG] from Minnesota!
  6. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Not sure where you are from in UT, I'm from the Salt Lake Valley. We ordered ours from a hatchery and got them Mid-March, they spent a couple of months inside. If you aren't prepared for that, I'd definitely wait until Easter time. As for getting them at Cal-Ranch or ordering them from a hatchery, just depends on what you want.

    Here's a link to us Utahns. Come on over and say hi!
  7. Luvducks

    Luvducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    WELCOME from Western Colorado! I agree with the others - you can order them now and keep in the house. This is fun for a while but as they grow so does the smell. LOL.
    Hatcheries are listed on here such as Ideal Poultry, Murray McMurray, nd more. Go to the search up in the right hand corner and put Hatchery. HAVE FUN!!!
  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Quote:I agree with you easttxchick, I just LOVE my Barred Rocks too! They are such characters! [​IMG] Oh, Hello, and [​IMG] from S. Florida! You're gonna love it on this forum. [​IMG]
  9. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    [​IMG] from Alaska

    Thanks for joining us.[​IMG]
  10. muttly

    muttly Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 7, 2009
    wasatch mtns.
    Welcome fellow Utahn, if you like barred rocks may I suggest Dominiques with there rose combs they handle the cold very well and are about the friendliest little birds. Not to mention the chicken brought west by the pioneers.

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