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Looking forward to getting chicks in MN

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hensnhorses, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Hensnhorses

    Hensnhorses New Egg

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    Hi,

    We moved to our hobby farm just north of Minneapolis, MN in June 2012 and I've decided I want chickens. We currently have 6 Quarterhorses, 3 barn cats, 2 Border Collies and 2 house cats, oh and 2 kids (one's in college in ND). It's a nice group. I've been doing a lot of research, reading books on raising chickens, and spending a lot of time online looking for information on chickens. My husband has agreed to build a chicken coop for me, I'm thinking an 8 x12 one would be appropriate, and I've bought books on that too, as well as keeping the chickens healthy. And, yes, I've been reading them.

    I was thinking about getting 15 chicks to start, looking at Buff Orpingtons, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Barred Rocks and Black Australorps. I want pretty chickens who lay brown eggs. Just looking at layers, as I can't see my family at this point eating our chickens.

    What concerns me is what I don't know -- which may be legion. Any suggestions, especially from folks who live in Minnesota or like climate states/areas would be greatly appreciated. I really want to get the chicks NOW so I could have eggs before it gets cold again, but I'm working on controlling that desire -- so looking at the end of March, beginning of April. Also, I expect having the chicks in the unfinished basement will galvanize my husband into building that coop.

    Thanks again for your help. I'm looking forward to participating in and learning from this group.
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    If you are going to order chicks in the mail, it is best to wait until your temperatures are a bit more mild. When you have chicks shipped by mail in the cold winter months, many times they don't survive on the postal trucks over night. So I would wait until at least April to have them arrive. Late March if you think the weather is going to co operate. However many feed stores carry chicks in March. You can call them now and find out when the breeds you are looking for will be carried by them. I usually go to my feed store for chicks. I can't handle the stress of having chicks shipped. I let the feed stores deal with that anxiety. LOL

    Good luck with your new flock this year and enjoy all your poultry adventures!
     
  3. Good selection for where you live!

    Welcome to BYC from Riverside California! [​IMG]
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you in the flock [​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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