hi i am new :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by deannaj, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. deannaj

    deannaj In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2014
    I am moving down south in a few months and hope to raise some chickens, but I have never done it before so hopefully this will help me figure out what I need to do.

  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Be sure to check out the Learning Center:Learning Center Articles

    It has lots of information for new chicken owners.

    When you start thinking about breeds, check out the Breeds section, for reviews on different breeds: Chicken Breeds - BackYard Chickens Community

    And, when you begin looking at coops, go to the Coops section: Coop Designs

    Along the way, if you have any questions, feel free to ask! There are lots of helpful people on here who would love to answer questions!

    Good luck with your future poultry adventures!
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2014
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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. It's a great place to start. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Do you have any breed preference?
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community! Looks like Wyandottes and Michael have left you with some great links to follow for all the info!

    Good luck and if you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
  5. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    Welcome to BYC!
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I would definitely check out the Learning Center. It is full of information for chicken newbies. [​IMG]

    What chicken breeds are you interested in? There are many to choose from, from tiny bantams to gentle Orpingtons to feisty, egg producing Leghorns.
  7. deannaj

    deannaj In the Brooder

    Oct 20, 2014
    No, I don't have any breed preference. I just wanted to get a few chickens, just for the eggs to feed a family of 6. How many chickens do you think I will need? What would be the best breed for someone who knows very little? I have 6 months to learn!

    Thank you for the warm welcome :)
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Well, how many you need depends on how many eggs your family eats a day. Each hen can be expected to lay 4-6 eggs per week, except during winter and fall, when egg production declines.

    As for the best breed, that is a harder questions to answer. It depends on your individual environment, preferences, and goals. If you want egg laying machines, I'd try some Sex-links, Leghorns, or Australorps. For dual purpose, gentle breeds, I would recommend the Wyandotte, Orpington, Easter Egger, and Plymouth Rock. Or, if you just want some ornamental birds to have around the yard, you might want to get some Polish, Silkies, other bantam breeds, or Faverolles.

    Weather plays a factor, too. If you live in a bitterly cold area, don't get a breed with a huge comb (Leghorn, Minorca, etc.), or one with poor feathering (Turken, Silkie, etc.). Differently, if you live in a really hot area, you probably wouldn't want a heavily feathered breed like the Cochin or Brahma.

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