Hey everyone!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Nanablue, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Nanablue

    Nanablue New Egg

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    Don't know how to get started. I'm a widow living in a little town with my son and his family. We are doing a lot of things to be self sufficient and i have always wanted chickens. Well i am getting started but i could use a lot of info on HOW to start. We only have a 1/4 acre of property but are looking to move to a larger plot sometime in the summer. How do i get started? Any breeds easier than others? Anyway, i can't wait to learn and looking forward to maybe making a few friends along the way.
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Are you wanting eggs or meat? Both? Preferred egg color?
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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  4. poultrylubber

    poultrylubber Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]. How I started was I went to my local library and got ARM loads of books about chickens!! I think that is a really important thing to do before getting the birds. Research coop designs and all that kind of stuff. I know BYC has a LOT of info :)
    I'm not sure on breed selection because the hens I have I don't know the breed, but a family friend says he really likes Buff Orpingtons and I've read that they are a nice, docile breed.
    Hope that helps[​IMG]
     
  5. Nanablue

    Nanablue New Egg

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    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I was just thinking about what i would want the chickens for. Mostly eggs and i guess when they get too old for laying...meat?? Ugh. Guess i'll have to get used to that. I saw a few smaller coops that i could build. I think they are portable (wheels). I also saw one online today. It looked like a teepee. lol

    poultrylubber: great idea about the books.Thanks. I am still trying to find out if i can actually have chickens in my town. Wish me luck!
     
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D - and good luck!
     
  7. reinvestment

    reinvestment Out Of The Brooder

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    I chose my chicks this time for the size of the bird and the egg production. Australorps are supposedly good layers of lg. eggs. I also chose Wyandotes for the same reason and to get a variety. So far out of 12 hens at 7mos age I am getting on average 6-7 eggs a day -in freezing weather. Most don't lay in the winter. So if egg production is your reason for chickens I would reccomment these. They are also very lg and make good sized food birds.
    I keep a 100 watt bulb (covered with a shield) over the waterer to keep it from freezing and is supposedly the light is one way to keep egg production up.
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
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    Glad you joined us!!!
     
  10. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!! Glad you joined. [​IMG]
     

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