my grandson wants chickens!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jennith, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. jennith

    jennith New Egg

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    Help! I joined this site so y'all could tell me what I need to know. My four-year-old grandson wants two chickens, to be named Moon and Star. These would be pet chickens, not anyone's dinner, and we have recently moved to the country (Franklin County, NC), so we won't be violating any zoning laws.

    The chickens he is describing sound like Japanese silkies, if that's the correct name (very fluffy, white, hairy-looking chickens). Where can I buy them? How much will they probably cost? How do I keep them from wandering into the road or the woods? How do I keep other critters from eating them? (They are NOT coming into the house!)

    Do I need a chicken book? If so, could you please recommend a good one?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Napalongtail

    Napalongtail Longtail Longtimer

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    Why don't you post in the buy sell trade section. Yes it does sound like he wants silkies. Stories guide to chickens is a great first resource book. You will find simple plans on how to build safe comfortable housing for your new pets.
     
  3. jennith

    jennith New Egg

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    Thanks!
     
  4. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies don't make the best yard birds in the world. They will need a secure place to stay at night and sometimes during the day because of hawks, coyotes, dogs and other creatures. Silkies can not fly so can not fly away from a predator. They remain small since they are bantams so can fall prey to just about anything that is the same size as they are, cats included.

    I have coop full and enjoy the heck out of them. Check to see if there is a Yahoo poultry group for your area or county, many times there are birds available through members on those boards.

    Not bringing them in to the house has been said by most of those on the board and most have retracted that statement. Sometimes its necessary for a sick or injured bird if you want to be able to keep close watch on signs, symptoms and their progress.

    Welcome to the world of chickens and just so you know that two will mulitply, just ask anyone of us who built coops to accomodate X number of birds and now in the process of expanding. Its an addiction.
     
  5. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I can attest to that!! Good luck to you, your grandson and your new " babies".
     
  6. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Jennith, you can go on the home page here and click on the learning centers there for a good start to learn about chickens for free.

    bigzio
     
  7. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may need to get three, you forgot the Sun.
    Sun, Moon and Star.
     
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  8. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    See, you don't even have them yet and now they've gone from two to three.
     
  9. jennith

    jennith New Egg

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    Wow, yes, we're on our way to a whole flock! Thanks to everyone for the welcome and all the good suggestions. I see this is going to be quite a task. Better start my chicken education right away!
     

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