Moving to NC - Chickens is priority 1

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JasonVideo, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. JasonVideo

    JasonVideo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    My wife and I are moving to Western North Carolina next month and we want to get ready for chickens so we're ready for them in February. Here's an aerial view of the home.

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    If you could tell a newbie where to start what would you tell them (me)? We're complete newbs so you can't hurt our feelings.

    Thanks,

    Jason
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. The Best place to start is the Learning Center. Then you may like to peruse the "Raising Backyard Chickens" forum. Still have questions?? Come back and lay them on us. That is what we are here for. Looks like you will be moving to a beautiful place.
     
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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC, Jason! Glad you decided to join our flock. You have a beautiful place. The Getting Started section of our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/getting-started-raising-chickens is a great place to start. As far as which breed to start with, there are some great 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. Also, Murray McMurray has an excellent "chick selector" tool at https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chick_selector.html to help you select the best breeds for you. Just be sure and click on "show more characteristics." If you're looking for personal recommendations, it depends on what you want in a breed. If sheer egg production is your main priority, I would recommend Black Sex Links, which are hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 eggs per hen per year. If you want a standard breed that is friendly, calm, and gentle, and will breed true, I would suggest either Australorps, Orpingtons, Cochins, Brahmas, or Sussex. I've had all of these breeds at one time or another over the years (still have Australorps and Orpingtons), and they all have a well deserved reputation for being calm and gentle. My children made lap pets out of them. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breeds you end up getting, good luck with your flock.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    P.S. Australorps are the best layers on this list, and Cochins are the poorest layers (although they are the best brooders and mothers).
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Your place looks so beautiful! Only thing that's missing is a few chickens on the lawn [​IMG] With all those trees providing providing cover for predators, making the coop predator proof would be high priority for me. If you browse through the Learning Center you will find a section on predators and pests, under "Maintaining a Healthy Flock". There are some good tips there. Best of luck with your new venture and enjoy!
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Wow, what a beautiful home and property!! Yes, you NEED Chickens!! Definitely stop by our learning center Sumi has left you with the link. Lots of good articles on getting started, building the coop, raising the chicks and keeping your adult flock happy, healthy and safe from predators.

    Enjoy this wonderful journey you are on and if you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.
     
  9. 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.
     
  10. Sunshine sistas

    Sunshine sistas Out Of The Brooder

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    Glad you joined us. Good hunting on your learning all things poultry here.
     

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