Hi im Jamie and new

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jamieleague1, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. jamieleague1

    jamieleague1 New Egg

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    have not started my venture yet but would like any help in making this as easy and fun as it sounds. I live on 3 acres of land in city limits and have three bunnies and a dog lol I would like to be able to get chicks old enough so don't have to set up an incubator and so on. Is there a way? I have two kids 10 and 14 would like to have them able to help. What is the best breed and age to get?


    thanks for any replies
     
  2. PirocaKeeper

    PirocaKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how old to get them if you don't want to keep them in a brooder, depends on where you live and what your climate is like. The older the chicks the better covered with feathers they are and the most prepared they may be to be outside. That said, I don't normally put chicks outside until they are fully feathered (usually around 6-8 weeks). It is harder to find chicks of that age for sale. When you do, you don't have much of a choice in what kind. Most people that sell chicks, sell them 1 day old, so if you were to buy them 1 day old, chances are you will have a lot more choices. In regards to what chickens to buy, it depends on what your plan is for them. There are meat birds (mostly intended for meat),
    there are layers, mostly intended to provide you with fresh eggs and there are multipurpose, which will lay nicely and also can be eaten. Technically you can eat any chicken. Also a lot of people have them as pets and love the precious fresh eggs gift they get, but that is not their main intention, they are just happy to have them and to love them.

    First decide what you expect out of them, then let us know and I am sure you will have lots of suggestions. There are some heritage breeds that are more common good layers and have a nice weight to them. For example Rhode Island Reds, Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, leghorns (different colors).

    Your climate may also be an indicator of what breeds do better in it. Some people have bantam (they are like toy chickens, very pretty and exotic to look at, but don't expect a lot of eggs out of them. Also be aware of the nature predators in your area, when selecting your chickens.

    If you post back a little more information, I am sure you will get a lot of answers with all kind of suggestions.
     
  3. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Hi Jamie and welcome to BYC!

    To help narrow down the breed(s) of chickens you want, you can use these links for help (the 1st link isn't so much a selector as a reference for traits of various breeds):

    http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

    http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/which-breed-is-right-for-me.aspx

    https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chick_selector.html

    If you want birds past the brooder stage, there are hatcheries that sell juveniles. You can see these links for an example of what I mean:

    https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/juvenile_birds.html

    https://www.meyerhatchery.com/productlist.a5w?cat=1028&A5WSessionId=affcc32813694915bd6379bdbd7078d4


    Hope I didn't overwhelm you with all the links, lol. Have fun picking out your flock and if you have questions feel free to ask.
     
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    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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  5. sdm111

    sdm111 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to the forum what kind of dog do you have?
     
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    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

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  7. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Merry Christmas! Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome Jamie

    Glad you could join the flock! X2 on the above if you are not wanting to provide heat or have chicks going for fully feathered birds would be better for you. NorthFLChick has left you some good links to check out on breeds.
    Here is a lovely section of the learning centre for you in this link on getting strarted with chickens https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/getting-started-raising-chickens

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC and your new chicken adventure :frow
     
  8. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC, Jamie!
     
  9. jamieleague1

    jamieleague1 New Egg

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    im in the Charlotte, NC area as for climate
     
  10. jamieleague1

    jamieleague1 New Egg

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    A German Rotty and is our big baby
     

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