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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pjreviea, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. pjreviea

    pjreviea New Egg

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    Hi, we just inherited nine chickens from friends who moved. I need lots of info on the do`s and don't of keeping chickens.
     
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is way to much information for us to give it all to you or remember off the tops of our heads. Start here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    Than if you have any questions we will be glad to help you. It is easier to give advice when we know what direction you are looking in.

    Things that may help us steer you in the right direction:
    About what age are they (babies or full grown)?
    Do you have a coop?
    What supplies do you have?
     
  3. pjreviea

    pjreviea New Egg

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    We have nine, they are all less than 3 years old, have 4 different types ,but don't know there names. We built them a coop and they have a run. We purchased feed from the tractor supply store. Seven have started to lay already. Basic questions now are how long do the eggs last, how to store the eggs, what to feed them beside feed and absolutely what not to feed.
     
  4. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Start with the Learning Center and then feel free to ask about anything you are confused about. There is so much information and it can be overwhelming! I personally think that they are only a few topics that have real "right or wrong" rules, and most other things are strictly personal choice :)

    Welcome to the site!
     
  5. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The eggs are a personal choice. Some wash and store in fridge, some don't wash and store on counter. Read the whole link and decide for yourself Here is the link for our ongoing debate:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/813990/to-wash-or-not-to-wash-eggs

    I would suggest layer feed for your flock. Give free choice grit and oyster shell. The oyster shell gives them calcium for their egg shells. Treats are listed here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens
    I suggest printing it out as you will refer to it often until you get used to it.
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! The others above have given you a great place to start so I'll just say best wishes and good luck to you!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
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  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     

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