New and need some help please

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SewingMom2many, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. SewingMom2many

    SewingMom2many New Egg

    Apr 22, 2011
    Hello - I'm really new!
    I just signed the lease on my small piece of country property today so I can finally get some chickens after wanting them for several years. I wish I would have done more research over the past couple of years because when I began to search for some chickens, I found out that there is a farm animal swap meet tomorrow! I am totally unprepared but I believe this meet only happens once a year and I'd really like to get a few babies. Could anyone give me some pointers on what to look for and maybe suggest a couple of breeds that would be good for a first timer? I only want female chickens and only for eggs, we don't eat meat. Is this even a good idea to just go get the chicks like this or is it better to order them? I would think better to pick them up so they don't have to be shipped. Also, I'm assuming I want chicks and not eggs since I have no idea how to incubate them. I have so much learning to do!

    Thanks so much for any suggestions!
  2. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    I would do your research and get everything ready and then get some chicks.
    Figure out what breed you want too. FInding only chicks that will be female might be a problem if you don't no what
    you are looking at. The sellers could tell you whatever they want and you wouldn't no any better.
    You shouldn't have a problem finding chicks when you are ready. BYC and craigslist ect always has something so
    dont feel you have to be in a hurry and buy from the swap.
    Good luck and have fun!!
  3. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
    SW Ohio
    Oh I forgot!!!
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from SW Ohio!!!
  4. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Make sure you don't come home with "meaties" (unless your plan is to butcher in a short time)... they grow to fast and you get attached only to lose them. Get some good egg layers.
  5. Komaki

    Komaki Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    [​IMG] I would definately do a little more research and prepare before you get your babies. Read around on BYC, google, ect. There are lots of different breeds of chickens and you may be happier if you research and find the breed(s) right for you. Go to the swap to look around, just to get an idea of what you like. You can usually score lots of great supplies like nesting boxes and such at swaps as well. Good luck with your new adventure.......and beware- chickens are very addicting!!!

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