New AK member looking to learn about chicks

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Kittyvenven, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. Kittyvenven

    Kittyvenven New Egg

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    Hello everyone. I am new to the site and am hoping one day to start raising my own chickens. I know nothing about this field and a looking to you all to be educated. I welcme any help including where to purchase chickens, feeds and how to build coops. Ive been reading about keeping coos warm enough but i keep thinking I wont get something right.

    Please share little tricks you implement to care for your chicks in the winter. Also has anyone made amobile coop? I will bemoving eventually and I dont want to have to wait until then start.

    Thank You

    Kittyvenven
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to our forum!

    I'll give you a few very good links. Meanwhile, you can learn a lot of the basics in our Learning center, at the top of the page. One thing I'd recommend is to figure out a setup that will allow you to raise your chicks outdoors.

    You don't need to keep the coop warm at all. People in Alaska keep chickens in unheated coops, though in that climate they will want to stay inside during the winter so need a lot more indoor space.

    Many people have mobile coops, usually called tractors here. Check out the small coops section of the coops tab at the top of the page for lots of examples. You might want to build something that you can take apart when you move, perhaps a hoop coop.

    Things should go much more smoothly for you by learning ahead of time! There is a huge amount of information on this site, in the threads and in the tabs at the top of the page. Best of luck!

    cold weather coops: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/822765/winter-is-coming-checklists-tips-advice-for-a-newbie/0_20

    "Hot" weather coops (will work in much of the US:)

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/163417/please-show-me-your-hot-weather-coops/0_20

    Most people ask sooner or later how much space they need. See post #13:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/839687/beginner-flock-questions/0_20#post_12386271
     
  3. Kittyvenven

    Kittyvenven New Egg

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    Thank you very much for all this helpful information. Im feeling a little more confident.
     

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