Just starting my adventure☺ and a lil confused.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Michelle805, May 4, 2016.

  1. Michelle805

    Michelle805 New Egg

    My name is michelle and i am just starting my chicken adventure. I have chosen a location in my backyard and we are building a coop this weekend .We are a family of 4 but I would like to have extra eggs on hand for family and so we have decided to get 6 hens which is the maximum within our city limits. I am unsure what breed is best. Any recomendations are welome. Also which is best? Purchasing chicks or coop ready or starters or pullets I am so [​IMG] confused by these. Any recommendations and advice is so welcomed..... [​IMG]
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Michelle [​IMG] - glad that you have joined us. Don't worry, being in a state of confusion is a perfectly normal state of being for me! [​IMG]. If eggs are your priority, then maybe a commercial laying bird would suit you best? There are heritage breeds that are good layers also - maybe check out the "Breeds" section at the top of the page.

    I would advise getting point of lay pullets if possible. Eggs come sooner and the learning curve is more gentle than if you start off with chicks.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre (even if you have lots of experience)
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread

    All the best
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  3. Michelle805

    Michelle805 New Egg

    Thanks for the info. I'll defiantly look over the learning center.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Michelle, Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock. If eggs are your main concern it would be best to get the high production breeds or sex links. If you want chickens also as pets. you will want to get some of the docile breeds .
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  5. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

    May 10, 2013
    I'll be in the barn!
    I suggest: Golden Sex links or black sex links. They can be "auto sexed" so you won't end up with any unexpected roos. They are excellent layers and very friendly! Each one is unique.
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  6. CarolynsChicks

    CarolynsChicks Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2016
    Hi Michelle! I am new here too. Just intro'd yesterday.
    I am now expecting my 6 chicks today! They "should" be at home when I arrive. My husband is picking them up.
    I am so confused about this chicken thing too. I have learned a ton here just reading. You Tube has been AWESOME too.
    I wish I could help you, but that is the blind leading the blind. Sorry. But we can try to get though this together!!!!
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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. Michelle805

    Michelle805 New Egg

    Definatly! [​IMG]

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