Hey need advice:)

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  1. BurnsFarm

    BurnsFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Im from Michigan and would really like to raise chicks and maybe keep and sell some. I dont have a big budget. Can I make my own incubator that works as good as the $60 $70 ones? What breed is a good first breed and has a good sucessful hatch rate? I like the snowy Americaunas. Thanks for the help:):):) Oh and I dont live on a farm so has anybody else raised chicks in more of a suburb area and not gotten into trouble with neighbors?

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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Here's an incubator that I know works very well and I'm sure it won't cost you very much to build:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/incubator-incubator

    As for breeds, it's hard to tell. I know certain breeds, like the Scots Dumpy is hard to hatch, but most of them is pretty straight forward. I would go with the common breeds like RIR, Leghorns etc for starters.

    Here's an interesting incubation article that you can look at also:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    Lots of people here do not live on farms and own chickens and other poultry. I think as long as your flock is not a nuisance and your local laws allow chickens in your area you should be o.k. Do ask around first, before you get started.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, BurnsFarm, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Looks like Sumi has you all set so I'll just say best wishes and have fun!
     
  4. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Check out those links from Sumi. [​IMG]
     
  6. Willum

    Willum New Egg

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    Hello, I am also new to this site. I believe you can go online to your city's information and find the ordinances that concern chickens as well as all other livestock. Beyond that, if you want to keep a low profile and peace, do not keep roosters, (more than likely your neighbors will not even know you have chickens if you keep a few quiet hens;) I know roosters are part of the fun, but they are noisy. Certain hens are quieter than others; there are folks on this site that can tell you which they are, but to generalize, I think the heavier hens are usually more docile and quiet, and the lighter hens are usually more noisy and flighty. If you go to Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart, he lists the breed characteristics, as well as other information:

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    Good luck with your chicken project. [​IMG]

    Willum
     
  7. 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!
     
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you've joined us.
     
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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