Hi IM new to this site and chicken raising

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LynetteK, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. LynetteK

    LynetteK Hatching

    Jan 2, 2016
    Shreveport, LA
    Hi My name is Lynette. I live in Shreveport, Louisiana. I am a wife, mother and grandmother as well as a college student. I am interested in getting a couple of chickens(chicks) this spring. I want them as pets and egg layers. I need to learn the basics . Is there a local chicken group that meets in the Shreveport, Bossier City area? Or close by.

    I have many questions. Can you help me to be a great chicken owner.

    I was thinking 2-4 chickens. I this a good number to start with for a first timer?
    Also I know nothing about raising chickens. Where is the best place to learn the basics?
    My husband is a good builder and can build me a coop and run area. Any info on the best plans.
    Best products to buy? ( Brands and items)
    What I really need and what's not necessary.
    How young do I need to get them in order to bond with them and have them used to being handled?
    Basic do's and don'ts for a beginner.

    As I look online I am becoming over whelmed with information. I plan to start on getting the coop and run and supplies soon and the chicks in the spring.

    Thanks in advance, Lynette

  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Crowing

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    Welcome! this is a great site full of helpful people. when you get a chance check out the learning center, it is full of good information.
    The learning center is going to answer most of your questions. I think it even has a basic, everything first time owners need to know thread. Your state will also have a thread, just search it, there you will meet locals. But do not be afraid to ask anything you still might want to know, people will be glad to help you.
    You can get newly hatched chicks at the feed store in the spring (there are also hatcheries) the chicks will need a source of heat (I used a heat lamp) constant access to water, but make sure they cannot fall in, and chick starter food.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Lynnette, hope you enjoy Backyard chickens as much as we do. You can put your state name in the search box above. Through that you may find other chickeners in your area. They would be a good source of knowledge for what breeds do best in your climate, what predators are prevalent, type of coop etc. You can also visit the "Raising Backyard chickens forum," the coops section, etc.

  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hi Lynette, [​IMG]

    I'd recommend getting chicks to start with, they'll bond with you faster than older birds. It's a lot of fun watching them grow and learning their personalities! They all have individual personalities and quirks.

    Feel free to ask questions, we were all new at some point. The Search feature (upper left, under the logo) is also a great way to find information.

    Good luck!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by