Hi from Idaho........What do I do first?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LesleySlayton, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. LesleySlayton

    LesleySlayton New Egg

    Jan 23, 2012
    My Husband & I are going to start raising chickens soon and we have a lot of questions?

    When should we start? It's still snowing here?

    What do we do first?

    How many should we start with?

    Anything other info would be really helpful.......Thanks! :)
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR

    Chickens are great and you will love raising them.

    The Learning Center (top of page) is a great place to start to learn the basics about raising chicks.

    When you start may depend on where you live. I know some people around here getting chicks now. Personally, I think it is easier to get them in the early spring.

    How many you get depends on how much room you can have for them and what the ordinances are in your area. I have four, because that is the maximum my city ordinance will allow for my size of property. However, if you don't have those restrictions, get as many as you have room for. But get three at a minimum, as they are flock animals.

    Good luck and have fun!
  3. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 19, 2008
    central virginia
    i would say that you need to pick a breed or breeds, build or buy a coop, and order some chicks so you can raise them yourself. read some of these forums and educate yourself on the things that might go wrong. i would pick a docile breed at first like black australorps or buff orpingtons and would order 25 so you can pick the best 6 or 7 for breeding. the end of march or begining of april is a good time to raise chicks.
  4. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2010
    I'm in north Idaho. I got my first chicks in February a few years ago. we started with planning the coop but got chicks way before the coop was finnished ;)
    The old recommendation was 2 chickens per family member. but there is 6 1/2 in my family and I have 63 chickens... I sell a lot of eggs ;)
    I guess most of your decisions well depend on how many chickens you want.

    Welcome to BYC!
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    First welcome to byc. Secound I wouldst just start with a good medium sized flock. Or whatever you can handle. Raising chickens is really fun and watching them grow is cool.
  7. Delilah1337

    Delilah1337 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2011
    Spirit Lake, Idaho
    Welcome! Im in North Idaho and have had my girls for almost a year now. We started with 5 in march and used an old pig house converted to a coop. Now we have 7 hens + 1 just hatched baby and we made our new coop out of pallets when we moved.

    You will definitely have to do your homework and see which breeds you like best and what kind of housing suits your space. Good luck with everything and we are all here to help however we can.
  8. greatchicken

    greatchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
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  9. CountryRoosterUSA

    CountryRoosterUSA Chillin' With My Peeps

  10. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Howdy from Austin, Texas.

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