My first time getting chicks...the feather kind!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Twinthing66, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. Twinthing66

    Twinthing66 Out Of The Brooder

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    just wondering what I need to do and what kind to get? Anyone who could help?
     
  2. ben0125

    ben0125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    :welcomeAre you wanting to raise baby chicks??? You can get the basics on youtube and some more in depth questions on here.
    This is a great video:
     
  3. MrsMistyReal

    MrsMistyReal Flock Master

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    :gig:yuckyuckWelcome to the BYC family gr8 people tons of information and loads of fun, enjoy shake your tail feathers :bun:welcome:highfive::yesss::wee:celebrate:woot:frow
     
  4. AllenK RGV

    AllenK RGV Chicken Addict Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC and please check out this file I will be linking and this site under Articles then the Learning Center. And this site:
    https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/heritage-chicken-faq
    Which breed should I get?
    Which breed is right for me?
    To determine this you have to answer several questions.

    • Where do you live? Pick a breed that is adapted for your climate.
    • What are your land and shelters like? If the birds are to range freely, choose a breed that is a good forager.
    • What do you want the birds to do? Provide the family with meat, eggs, both, neither? Choose a breed that best meets these needs.
    • Which breeds do you like? Pick one that you like to look at and will enjoy working with for years to come.
    When you have answered ALL of these questions, and have written a job description for your future chickens, go through The Livestock Conservancy’s Pick a Chick Chart to help select the appropriate breed for you.



    Their pick a chick pdf is absolutely awesome. Thumb through it for a while do not rush into this decision as some breeds can live for 10-15 years. Please allow yourself to take your time to make the decision to bring these guys into your home. Also, I want to share with you my greatest failure in first year chicken keeping so you can learn from my mistakes. I ordered a straight run(unsexed chicks) and will never do that again, nor will I ever repeat that mistake in the future. I was fortunate and received a 50/50 mix, but I have entirely too many roos. My hens are now at risk of being overmated and the only benifit I have seen is the boys are good ate predator avoidance from the hawks we have here overwinter.

    Best of luck in your adventure!
     
  5. AllenK RGV

    AllenK RGV Chicken Addict Premium Member

    Also there are non heritage breeds worth considering if you want meat birds and want to slaughter them like Cornish Crosses. It really all depends on the "job description" you assign to your birds.
     
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Twinthing66 :frow Welcome!

    Here is another article which might help with breed selection: Pickin a Chicken

    You might be interested in downloading this free e-book My First Year With Chickens

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    BYC has a Learning Centre and also Topic of the Week articles which I have found to be a great resource and a one stop shop for questions which may have already been discussed within the BYC membership group. A few which may be of interest to you at this stage are:
    Topic of the Week - Getting Started, Keeping Chickens
    Topic/Question of the week - Brooding and supplementing heat for chicks
    Topic of the Week - Raising Chicks
    Topic of the Week - Raising People Friendly Poultry

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock when they arrive, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)

    Best wishes and good luck!
     
  7. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg Premium Member Project Manager

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  8. 007Sean

    007Sean Flock Master Premium Member

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    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
     
  9. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 True BYC Addict

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    Came to the right place to ask those questions. Have you ever raised chicks in that past? If not you may want to start off with "teenagers" instead of chicks, or even an established "flock". There are so many different breeds, depending on what you're wanting them for (eggs or meat or dual purpose), your location and amount of space you have for them. It's best to get your coop/run started before you get your chicks/chickens cause chicks grow FAST!

    Go through the forums, ask any questions, BYC members are full of information having lots of experience and very helpful. :welcome
     
  10. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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    It seems that other greeters have done all the heavy lifting in terms of great links, so it just leaves me to say welcome to BYC :frow
     

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