Hey, from Greenville, NC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ats0930, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. ats0930

    ats0930 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey Everybody!
    I just caught the back yard chickening bug and I can't stop thinking about building my coop! I am new to raising chickens but I am very excited to start. My wife.... not so much. I'm going to try the tactic that the guy at Tractor Supply told me. First I plan to build a beautiful coop (my idea) that is almost 100% free. So far I have scrapped all the stuff from houses under construction (plywood, 2x4's, even windows). The less it costs the less reasons she has to say no right?
    Second, I plan to take her and our 4 year old to say the baby chicks at Tractor Supply :) Devious I know. Anybody else have any suggestions? Also I'm kinda short on places to get pullets other than Tractor Supply or Agro Supply. Is there anybody nearby that says fertile eggs or pullets? I tried to search through the other forums but didn't see much. Anyway, I hope to see yall around. I plan to document my coop building process but it will probably look similar to ones already posted. After all, there are so many on here it would be hard not to look like them lol
     
  2. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Welcome to BYC! Good luck building your coop. We also used salvaged materials for a coop and it's awesome! Still very sound after almost 10 years. Chick days at Tractor Supply already! Went yesterday and they had 4 breeds of chicks and one duck breed.
    There's a NC thread in "Where am I, Where are you" on the board. You may find someone close that has fertile eggs.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Your plans sound great! Hopefully you will get your wife on board soon. But then, few people can resist a chick, so that's a great idea. Here are some sections you can look at to help you with your plans and preparation:

    Coops:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...-save-money-and-build-with-recycled-materials

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

    Where to get chicks/pullets:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/16/chicken-breeders-hatcheries

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/67/buy-sell-trade

    And for local breeders, find your state thread here and ask the members there:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    Breeds, if you haven't picked any:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    And general:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Have fun and make sure you share pics of your coop and chickens!
     
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  4. mjanderson437

    mjanderson437 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! I had another whole post until I saw the NC not SC. I've found some super helpful people on my state thread...I bet the NC thread can help you find local birds.
     
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  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  6. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coops are super easy to build and can be made super cheap...You don't even have to put any glass in the "windows" just cut the holes and then cover in hardware cloth...Everyone loves chickens surely. Shouldn't be too hard to convince someone when showing them some super cute tiny little peepers...especially if you already have a free coop. Free coop is what got my husband on board with me starting my chicken venture. We are now going to cheaply build another couple coops...but he's on board. You'll get it.
     
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  8. Suzierd

    Suzierd Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, ats0903, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Sounds like Sumi has given you plenty of homework! Heed her advice - she knows her stuff. Best of luck to you and hour chickens!
     
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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