I need some FAST advice on chickens...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jdavidphero, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. jdavidphero

    jdavidphero Out Of The Brooder

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    A friend that got me interested in chickens is going to give me 5 Rode Island Reds in the morning. I am unsure if I should take a few of her young hens (They are her pets and she now has too many) or if I should take some chicks? She said she is fine with either one. Like I said her chickens are soo spoiled but I was unsure becauser it seems like most people on here always are starting with chicks. Are they more attached if you raise them from chicks??? She was suggesting I take some hens and a rooster and then i can have chicks later but have eggs now also. Please advice, thanks

    david
     
  2. barbgoesgreen

    barbgoesgreen New Egg

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    If you don't already chickens then it is fine to take them. Don't worry about you having to spoil them...they will get used to you! Do you have a house ready for them?
     
  3. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    I started off with 17 week old pullets - and that worked well for me. At least with the older ones, you can be sure of their sex - whereas with chicks, it's usually a gamble.
     
  4. barbgoesgreen

    barbgoesgreen New Egg

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    Another thing to consider is how quick you want eggs...new chicks don't mature enough for about four months, her original flock must already be laying but their laying time is now less
     
  5. jdavidphero

    jdavidphero Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks I will go with the young hens then. i pray I do not flood this site with questions on day 1!! Yes I have been builing a coup for three months thanks to this site. i am really excited![​IMG]
     
  6. barbgoesgreen

    barbgoesgreen New Egg

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    Oh good for you, looks great! You will have a blast! make sure you have enough daylight, I cant tell if you have electricity or not..
     
  7. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Take the hens as long as you know they are young. You don't want to end up with someone's spent hens. I wouldn't take a rooster.
     
  8. jdavidphero

    jdavidphero Out Of The Brooder

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    Why no on the rooster?
     
  9. jdavidphero

    jdavidphero Out Of The Brooder

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    What was the question about daylight? Do you mean time if year? Here is another pic? And can someone tell me y NO ROOSTER?
     
  10. jdavidphero

    jdavidphero Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is another pic[​IMG]
     

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