Looking to be a beginner! Questions!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sunnie7, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. sunnie7

    sunnie7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2016
    Southern Indiana
    We are looking into getting a few chicks! We have 3 kids that have been begging for chickens and I'd love to have fresh eggs! We live in a small neighborhood type setting so only looking for at the most 3 and we have a coup a friend is giving us. Which we will eventually all a run to. which breed/ breeds do you recommend for good with kids, decent egg layers, more on the small size and will do OK with having dogs as neighbors. The dogs will be in offense away from the chickens I just don't know how much they will bark at them. Also, I'd rather not pay $30-40 for shipping but not really sure where or how to find somewhere close by to get some from. I googled and the two places I found close to us don't have any available. I do have a friend that has some silkies though. [​IMG][/IMG][/IMG][/IMG]
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, sunnie7, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! It is getting toward the end of the season and most hatcheries except for the really biggies have shut down in order to prepare for spring hatching season. There are still a a couple that have some chicks to offer. Not sure how you get past the shipping $$ however. Most have minimums but you end up paying extra in the form of what they call a small order charge.
    Something about space requirements....hard to tell the size of your coop but chickens need about 4 sq. ft. per bird in the coop and 10 sq. ft. per bird in the run. You can learn lots about chicken keeping reading the various articles in the Learning Center here https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    Also, you may be able to secure some chickens from someone local and thus avoid shipping costs. Find your state thread in the link below and introduce yourself https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
    Best wishes on your chicken adventure - so great that you are involving the kids! Good luck! [​IMG]
  3. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! If you are new, I can think of no better place to start than the .:) center! It is a great spot for newbies to read up on chickens! Here is a link to it!https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. Also, a member recently wrote an article on calm breeds of chickens, you might like to check it out! Here is the link to it,https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/looking-for-calm-breeds-of-chickens-click-here. I hope you enjoy BYC as much as I have!
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Chickens are so much fun to keep! Yes, you have been given some great advice here so I will just say welcome to our flock!

    And if you do have any more questions, be sure to ask us! :)
  6. blairctchickens

    blairctchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2016
    North East Kansas
    [​IMG] Hello from NE Kansas!! Wishing you a wonderful Chicken Adventure!
  7. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC :) Best of luck with your chickens.
  8. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hi and [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Congrats on starting your chicken keeping adventure! Cute coop [​IMG]Have a great time on here and best wishes with starting your flock!
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    That's a cute little coop - mind, most coops like that won't hold many birds. Looking at yours, I would guess it'll hold about three birds and not much more.

    It can be hard to find chicks this time of year. I know of very few feed stores still selling them, and even hatcheries themselves tend to be running low. Plus, hatchery minimums are usually 15-25 chicks; a few will do small orders, but it definitely costs more.

    There's lots of good breeds out there. Any common backyard breed you see (Sex Links, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, New Hampshires, Delawares, Sussex, Australorps, and plenty more) will likely make a good choice. Don't be afraid to mix and match, in fact I highly recommend it! My only other suggestions would be to avoid Production Reds (aka "Rhode Island Reds") due to aggression issues, and any white egg laying breeds, as they are often high strung.

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