Help, I'm new at this.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CaptSaam, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. CaptSaam

    CaptSaam New Egg

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    I have a few questions! My kids and I are excited to raise chickens. I have read a couple of books on backyard chickens but I would like to start off on the right foot.I am located in southern Fairfield County in CT.


    Does anyone know a good supply house in southwest CT?
    I am interested in raising about 6 pullets. What size coop and run should I plan on?
    Do different varieties of chickens get along?
    Is there a preferred place to get eggs or chicks? I would like to avoid getting roosters because they are not aloud in my town.

    - Capt Saam
     
  2. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock. I'm not in CT so I will only be able to help so much. Here's a link to the Connecticut thread though. Hopefully someone there can help with the two other questions. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/55/connecticut
    Chickens will get along even if they are different breeds. As for coop size and run size I don't remember the specific ideal dimensions per chicken. I just try to give my birds as much space as I can. You can never give a chicken too much space.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You have come to the right place for all the fun and learning! Birdbrain92 has left you with the link to the Conn. thread. Definitely do some chatting with your neighbors in your area.

    You will also want to stop by our learning center for all kinds of good articles on raising the chicks, building the coop and keeping your adult flock happy and healthy...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Enjoy this new chicken journey you are on! If you have any questions along the way, you know where we are! [​IMG]

    Welcome to our flock!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Rule of thumb is to allow 4-5 sq.feet per bird in the coop - excluding nest boxes and roosts. Allow 10 sq.feet in the outdoor run. A run cover of some sort is advisable. Depending on materials in can provide some protection from rain/snow and keep out climbing or airborne predators. Chickens react badly to being overcrowded.[​IMG]
     
  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. Chocalatte

    Chocalatte New Egg

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    WeIcome to BYC [​IMG]
     
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
     

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