Learning prior to getting chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by brewchick1, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. brewchick1

    brewchick1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all. I am totally new to the world of chickens. My husband had chickens as a child. I plan to read up on what they need, the type to get, and all the equipment and start purchasing those items in the next couple of months. Ideally, we will purchase our first chicks in the Spring. Looking forward to learning. Thanks.
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You have come to the right place for all the fun and learning! You might start in our learning center. Lots of good articles on getting started, raising the chicks, building the coop and keeping your adult flock happy, healthy and safe from predators...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Enjoy this new journey you are on! If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
     
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  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Raising chickens is fun and rewarding. There is tons of information out there but you will make mistakes and learn from them. We've all been there, done that. Cruise CL on a regular basis when looking for chicken supplies and materials to build your coop and run. If you have a local restore for building supplies, you can also find doors, windows, siding... You will save a ton of money spending the winter to build as you have the time and supplies.
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Wishing you the very best of luck with your up and coming chicken adventure I'm sure you will enjoy it, chickens are wonderful animals to keep that bring a lot of joy and excellent chicken TV!! Everyone here to help and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. There are some good chicken breed charts at http://albc-usa.etapwss.com/images/uploads/docs/pickachicken.pdf, http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx, and http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html that are nice for learning about the pros and cons of the various breeds. Also, Murray McMurray has an excellent "chick selector" tool at https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chick_selector.html for helping you determine which breeds or hybrids are best for you. Just be sure and post on "show more characteristics." Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your flock.
     
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] So glad you joined us.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC & happy Thanksgiving!
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Glad you joined!
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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