Hello! Kind of newbie here

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by songraven32, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. songraven32

    songraven32 New Egg

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    Hello all! I am a sort of new chicken newbie. I had a few silkies several years ago that ended up roos and had to be rehomes. I currently am awaiting my shipment of new babies now! I had to place the dreaded minimum order, but have several friends and neighbors that want the ones I cannot keep. Now my problem is deciding which ones I can keep! I currently have Salmon Faverolles, Easter Eggers, Silver and Golden Laced Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, and Cuckoo Marans on the way. I know for certain I will keep at least 2 Faverolles and an Easter, but am having the hardest time figuring out which others I have to have. :) Any advice would be great!
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens, glad you joined the flock. Silkies are an extremely difficult breed to sex before 4-5 mos. of age and sometimes not till they crow or lay eggs.
    To avoid getting stuck with roosters, you need to buy pullet at point of lay, or hens already laying.

    As for what breeds to keep- what is your main purpose for having them; eggs, meat, pets, lawn decorations etc? Some breeds are very docile like Buff orps but not as good as Barred rock layers . The laced Wyandottes are beautiful birds .
     
  3. songraven32

    songraven32 New Egg

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    Thanks! I definitely found out that out with the silkies. That's why I went with these guys this time that could be sexed. Lol. I want them for both pet and eggs. They will be around kiddos, so sweet temperaments were important. :)
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and [​IMG] - great to have you onboard.

    The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Joining your state thread will also put you in contact with other BYC members in your area.

    (https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread)

    The members here are amazing - very friendly and helpful, so if you need an answer to a question or simply want some reassurance that what you are doing is ok, then post away - we all help each other out here at BYC.

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. songraven32

    songraven32 New Egg

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You are most welcome

    CT
     

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