Hi everyone!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ritaricard, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. ritaricard

    ritaricard Just Hatched

    Apr 17, 2017
    Lexington, SC
    Hey guys!
    I'm new to this page but not chicken raising! I'd love to know how I'd start raising my own (I haven't hatched any myself) I have only ever bought chicks and used their eggs for food. I'd love to raise chicks from eggs and up. I would love to know what I'd need, or am I thinking too hard on this and it's simpler then I have in my head? Lol thanks everyone!
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looking everything up is very overwhelming, but it's not really that hard. What I did was I got 2 books from my library, and went off of those rather than look up a bunch of different opinions on things
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  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Howdy! Welcome to BYC. I don't hatch my own eggs as my personality is a bit.....well......I'd give myself a heart attack if I used an incubator to hatch eggs. I'd fret and worry over every little detail. So I let broodies do the work or let someone else do the hatching for me. I like the book suggestion and there is lots of information on this site to help you out. Sorry, I can't supply the links but my advice is to keep it simple, use a hardy breed (and cheaper breeds) until you get your technique. Have fun!
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feel free to ask any questions of course!
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. Newberry11

    Newberry11 New Egg

    Apr 17, 2017
    Newberry, SC
    Newberry11 - First time raising Bantam chicks - bought from Tractor Supply - six mixed - five feathered feet and one barefoot! Help needed as I decided to use peatmoss for the run and their bedding. Good idea or bad idea? [​IMG]
  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under ritaricard [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry, I have no incubator experience and stick to broody hens. However, as you have already received links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  9. ritaricard

    ritaricard Just Hatched

    Apr 17, 2017
    Lexington, SC
    Thanks everyone! I wonder if I mark a few eggs (to know which ones I'm hatching) and see if my hens will hatch them without using an incubator. I will definitely be looking into the links and we have a library pretty close to!

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