Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by stephaaras, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. stephaaras

    stephaaras In the Brooder

    Oct 15, 2016
    New York
    Hello, I am new to these forums.
    I grew up with ducks, but have not had any in a while. I am looking to introduce something back into my yard though.
    I have recently moved, and now is my perfect opportunity to start a flock of something over again.
    I was initially thinking ducks again, because I have dealt with them in the past... but then I thought I'd go with guineas for tick control... there appears to be a lot of ticks here, and they'd be good... but other than ticks I have no real interest in guineas. Now I'm thinking maybe just chickens.

    Anyway, in short, I have joined here to do research to help me make my choice since I would be a first time owner of chickens or guineas!
    So far just from browsing I have learned a lot!

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, stephaaras, and :welcome! Pleased to have you with us! Glad you are entering the poultry world and doing some research before committing. Not sure if you are city or country, but if you are city I'd advise against guineas. They are ridiculously loud and your neighbors would quickly become annoyed. Of the three I think chickens are the easiest. Here's a link to the Guinea fowl thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/45/guinea-fowl Once you open it read the "sticky topics" index right below where you see 'Guinea Fowl.' It will give you a lot of great Guinea facts and tips. Also, for chickens do some reading the Learning Center here https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    It will prepare you very well if chickens are your choice. Best wishes whatever you decide! :)
  3. stephaaras

    stephaaras In the Brooder

    Oct 15, 2016
    New York
    Thank you!
    And thank you very much for the links, I will definitely spend a lot of time probably in the learning center for chickens. I am definitely leaning towards them at this moment.
    I live somewhat in the country, but also near neighbors. All of my neighbors have chickens too though it seems. I wake up to the sound of roosters every morning.
    I will probably make my decision sometime in the next few months, and set everything up during the winter so I can introduce whichever I go with early spring.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us and I wish you the best of luck in deciding what birds / fowl to keep.

    Best wishes
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to Backyard chickens! So glad you joined us, and I hope you make yourself at home here!

  8. stephaaras

    stephaaras In the Brooder

    Oct 15, 2016
    New York
    Thank you everyone!
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

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