Just Getting Started

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jeffwreck3619, May 27, 2019.

  1. jeffwreck3619

    jeffwreck3619 Hatching

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    I am just starting out with the chickens and we are in the process of building a coop and trying to get everything we need before I even pick out the birds. I like to be prepared before starting anything. I am so excited to start this. I grow all my own veg, and am looking forward to adding, chickens and next year honey bees. Trying to disconnect from the so called normal food chain we have now. Any info I can get will be invaluable for me.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Hi Jeff, Welcome to Backyard Chickens, the pulse beat of the chicken community.
     
  3. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

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    Lots of good reading on BYC. Good idea to have the coop ready before the chicks arrive.

    How many eggs do you want a day? Since chickens don’t lay an egg everyday (with the exception of production birds), you may find you need 10 birds to always get 6 eggs, for example. We have 10 layers, we get 7/eggs per day usually (range 4-8/day). One of our hens is broody again, so she’s not laying.

    So, when you determine you number of birds expected in your flock, then make sure you build enough space inside the coop and in a protected run. Even if you free range outside the run, you’ll find it helpful to have a secure run when predators are around.

    Where are you located? Hot, cold, dry, wet? All these factor into coop design and choice of chicken breed. Choose less heavily feathered birds if you live in a very hot place, likewise choose breeds known to tolerate cold well if you are somewhere that can have long or intense winter weather.

    Check out the article section on BYC too, in addition to the forums.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hi and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new hobby.

    Here are some links to key resources:

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
  5. 007Sean

    007Sean Saint of the Sinners

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    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Happy :ya to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC!

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
     
  6. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Wrangler

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    Hi Jeff and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us :ya
     
  7. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to our FUNomenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have lots of fun! :wee
     
  8. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    I view it as trying to connect to the normal food chain. The vast majority of the population does not really want to know where their food comes from. They'll just say it came from the grocery store.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Plan and prepare and you will be successful in establishing and maintaining your flock. Welcome to BYC.
     
  10. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join our wonderful community! :welcome
     

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