Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by helen51, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. helen51

    helen51 Hatching

    Apr 18, 2016
    just found this web site. been looking to raise chickens for a while. looking for all the help I can get. want to have only about 3 (to keep under the wire for code enforcement in my area)any info from anyone is greatly appreciated
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
  3. CookieChicken03

    CookieChicken03 In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2016

    Hurray! Chickens are a great to have and I am sure that you will love having them! 3 is good, but no less. Chickens are very social creatures that need other chickens so they can establish a "pecking order." The pecking order is something you need to be wary of when they are older, because you could see your chickens pecking at each other from time to time because they are working out their social order.

    When building or securing your coop, you need to have chicken wire on the bottom of the coop. Raccoons and foxes can dig under and get through.

    One mistake that we made when we got chickens was when we put the out in the coop for the first time. We didn't know they had to go in the box and 2 of them ended up being killed. I would suggest putting chicken wire over the door of the hen house that goes out to the run. Then, at night, put them in the box, and then in the morning, take them out and put them in the run. This way, when you take away the chicken wire, they will know to go in at night. But of course do not put them out there until they are around 2 months old and they are bigger and fully/mostly feathered.

    Hope this helps! Good luck! [​IMG]
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    Since you are limited by regulations as to the number of chickens you can have, it might be an idea to purchase pullets that are 4-5 months old. You'll get eggs faster, know for sure that they are all girls and the learning curve of keeping chickens is less acute than if you choose to get young chicks.

    All the best
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    If you haven't already, check out the Learning Center. It's full of helpful, interesting articles on all sorts of poultry topics.

    Thanks for joining us!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Helen. Have you ever considered house chickens, they make great pets. Something calm and gentle like cochins, or bantam breeds could work well for you.

    Please check out "people with house chickens," thread and see for yourself.

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