Let's do this!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by joyofok, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. joyofok

    joyofok New Egg

    Feb 10, 2013
    Claremore, OK
    Hello everyone!!

    Just wanted to introduce myself and let everyone know how excited I am about starting this fun process of having chickens. I am totally new to this chicken thing, but can't wait to learn how to do it!! We decided to start raising chickens not only for eggs, but also for meat so I really need some ideas and suggestions on how to keep it going without being without one or the other. We have two boys that are going to be helping and learning along the way with us.

    I did a lot of research before I finally decided to buy Black Australorp chicks. I bought them from Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, MO which is only a couple of hours from here. I was going to wait and see what our local farm store (Atwoods) would have later this month, but decided not to risk it. The only thing is, I had to order a minimum of 15 chicks!! We are really only wanting to have 3-4 hens and 1 rooster, but now I am stuck with 16 pullets and 2 cockerels (EEK!). So the process will soon begin with thinning out our flock. My mom grew up on a farm in rural Oklahoma so she is very familiar with how to kill and process chickens, so that should be a big help. We live in a rural area in Oklahoma and don't have any restrictions, so we can't wait until we can move these guys out of our garage and into their coop!

    What started all of this was our desire to live off the land and be as green as possible. We don't have enough land to ever consider ourselves farmers, but we want to do as much as we can. Chickens seem like a great starting point.

    Anyway, I can't wait to talk to some of you guys and learn the ropes!!

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Joy, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! I applaud your striving for a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Lots of folks going that direction these days. I think you'll enjoy the greater number of chickens - they are such fun. And when the time comes, so tasty! [​IMG] As you are new to the chicekn game, you might talk a glance at the Learning Center link below - it's chock full of the ins and outs of chicken care and maintenance. Good luck to you!

  3. joyofok

    joyofok New Egg

    Feb 10, 2013
    Claremore, OK
    Thank you so much!! I will head that way right now!
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Welcome to BYC from California wine country in the Western Sierra Foothills.

    I think you'll find you have "just enough" chickens.... For the time being, anyway. Beware Chicken Math - suddenly there's another breed or variety you just have to add to your flock...

    Black Austalorps are such friendly and beautiful birds. Chatty, too. I have one who follows me everywhere, buh-bawking about the flock's goings on. We hold conversations despite the language barrier. :D
  5. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2012
    Delhi, New York
  6. redneck farmer

    redneck farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Howdy an welcome to BYC from Florida!
    Good luck with your massive flock!!
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you've joined us.
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  9. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Ohio...so glad you joined BYC. Good luck with your new chicks
  10. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!!!
    Glad you joined us!

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