LOTS! of questions!!! i need help!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ms~Silkie~Girl, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    New York STATE
    I am new to chikens and have never raised them before, i am getting chickens in early march and need to know some things about them, thanks for your help


    What are some deseases that chickens get and how can you treat and prevent them?

    What age is good to start giving your chickens table scraps?

    What plants are deadly to chickens? (i want to have a garden right near their coop to make it look pretty but i don't know what is posinous to them)

    Can i clip my chickens wings myself? (i am reading books and looking up how to do it)

    How do you groom a chicken? (is there special shampoo or something, or a certain way to do it?)

    I need a name for my chicken farm
    ~I live on a hill
    ~My road is called rolling hills road
    ~I am getting 5 speckled sussexs, 5 black stars, 5 white rocks, 5 buff orpingtons, and 5 new hampshire reds
    ~ I have a yellow lab
    ~i am going to be selling eggs (brown eggs)
    ~We have lots of trees in our yard
    ~We have lots of gardens (and more to come)
    ~We have big rocks around our yard, & in our garden
    ~i plan to eventually expand to sheep and goats and make my way up to bigger animals (hopefully)
    ~our coop is blueish grey, but eventually be painted red and white
    ~I have woods in my backyard and accros the road, and all over
    thats all i can think of for now

    Thanks for all your help
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  2. ridgefire

    ridgefire Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    First off welcome to the forum.

    Those are all really wonderful questions.

    But if you read through the different sections all of those questions plus ones you didnt even think of will be answered for you.

    Again Welcome I hope you enjoy your time here.
  3. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2009
    Yep click up there on learning center and read forum FAQ's
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
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  5. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    New York STATE
    any answers????
  6. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    yep, here is your answer, https://www.backyardchickens.com/lcenter.html you've got too many broad based questions to answer properly, so re-ask more specific ones when you've read some of the stuff in the "Learning Center". No one is trying to be mean, but there's just too much territory to cover in one thread, that's why the Learning Center is so valuable!

    Oh, one thing I will say, you don't really groom them, not with water, just give them a place to take their own dust bath at home. I honestly have NO idea about show birds, other than the county and state fairs, I haven't seen show birds.

    As for a name for your farm, first thing I thought of was Rocky Trail Farm, but I'll think a little more about it. [​IMG]
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Welcome to BYC.

    You need to use the search feature and browse the learning center as well as the different forums here to get the answers you are looking for.

    It would take an entire book to cover the answers you questions deserve for a proper answer.

    Please make yourself at home, grab a cup of coffee/tea/soda and spend some time here and you'll find plenty of information that you need.
  8. gallo34

    gallo34 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2009
    1.) I have a yellow lab --- it's a good idea to have a dog...just be careful...try to keep the dog on a leash, until it gets used to the chickens, unless the dog is calm...later, if you notice your dog eating the poo...as long as you worm the flock and worm your dog...things should be fine...(I have a German Shephard and a Jack Russell, they are both awesome with the birds)

    2.) I am going to be selling eggs (brown eggs) --- great, make sure you collect regularly...no one wants to buy dirty or stained eggs

    3.) We have lots of trees in our yard --- great, my birds have about 75% shade and 25% sunlight... they need shade

    4.) Yes, you can clip the birds wings yourself, just be careful not to cut to much, but you'll get the hang of it

    5.) We have lots of gardens --- great, your birds will appreciate the greens and tomatos you will be feeding to them from your garden

    6.) How do you groom a chicken? --- are you planning on showing or what is the real base for this question?

    7.) How big is the coop? and are you planning to free-range?

    8.) Just like diseases, there are many poisones plants that could effect or kill your birds...but if you feed them right...you should have to worry about that...instead of asking about diseases...start another thread and ask some of us...What do I need or How do I medicate baby chicks?

    an ounce of prevention, is.....

  9. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    New York STATE
    I am not going to show my chicken, as far as i know. I was just wondering because some people show pictures on their website with them washing their chickens in their sink, so i didnt know if i had to do that.

    Also i read everything in the learning center and i wanted to know some of your opinions.

    also we are free ranging our chickens. Our coop is our old shed, and it's pretty big (for a chicken coop), it's like 12ft by 15ft something like that

    Thanks for your help, if you gave me a website or your opinions (not to be mean, that's just what i was looking for).
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  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I am addressing the garden part of your questions. I have many gardens. Originally I let my birds roam where ever they wanted on my property. Now they are confined to a section which is fenced. I did this because they were tearing up my gardens and compost piles. I had to replant several times as they would scratch everything up and rake my compost piles back into piles. I do give them stuff from the gardens. They love it. There are pictures on my BYC Page. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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