New from Idaho

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NrsJocie, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. NrsJocie

    NrsJocie In the Brooder

    Oct 22, 2016
    Hello, My name is Jocelyn and i'm just starting to research this whole chicken business!! We are in the process of building a house on 5 acres and I want chickens. All i've done so far is read about them... and dream about what it will be like!! :) I want chickens for the eggs and to also teach my children (4 and 8 years old) and broaden their horizons. I just started the book Chick Days and its been a great read so far. We are getting into the winter season up here and we wont' be moving into our house for a couple more months so i'm presuming we won't be getting chickens for a bit... next warmer season. But i'll be wandering through this site and forums and reading as much as i can befor that day in preparation.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi, Jocelyn and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. I'm sure the whole family is excited on the new move and its a good idea to introduce your children to keeping animals, and its associated responsibilities - they will never forget the experience.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
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  3. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, Jocelyn, and my warmest welcomes to Backyard Chickens! Pleased you joined our flock! You would probably like to read some articles in the learning center! Great spot for beginners to loearn about raising chickens! Here is the link to it. Are you planning on building a coop? If you are going to build one versus buy one, you might like to see some of our coop designs! We have over nine hundred coop designs, so take your pick! Here is a link to the coop section of the forum If you ever want to chat with other folks from Idaho, you can't find your state thread in the link CTKen gave you. I was about to attach that link, but he hit submit first! And I am not going to take out the learning center link, because that means redoing my whole post. Lol, I hope you enjoy BYC as much as I have!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Jocelyn, thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens. If you join your state thread you may find other bycers in your area. Just put Idaho in the search box and it will come up.
  5. NrsJocie

    NrsJocie In the Brooder

    Oct 22, 2016
    Awesome thanks so much! We are going to be building one and I've been peaking around in the coop section!! So many beautiful ones!! I'm def looking for beauty and function!! What would you say is the most important function you can't live without in your coop??
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  6. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crowing

    Hello Jocelyn, and welcome to BYC!
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  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Jocelyn, and :welcome! Pleased you joined our community! Looks like other greeters have given you a lot of great links to explore so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :)
  8. Athaid

    Athaid Songster

    Pleasure to meet you, Jocelyn. I hope you enjoy your time here at BYC. :)
  9. NrsJocie

    NrsJocie In the Brooder

    Oct 22, 2016
    Thanks everyone I'm looking forward to learning before we purchase our flock!
  10. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    HI Jocelyn. I'm not far from you (relatively speaking, since we have folks from all over the country and the world here) in Northwestern Wyoming. I don't think my coop is on the coop pages, but if you click on the link under my extremely gorgeous photo, it'll take you to it. [​IMG]We built a shed-type coop, and have a hoop run that we absolutely love. Wouldn't change a single thing about it, even after all this time, and it holds up to our extreme winds and the snow loads very well. Covered with reinforced mesh green house type clear plastic, it's so warm in the run that I raise my chicks out there in a heating pad cave. No heat lamps for me...ever. If you want to learn a bit more about it, we'd welcome you to the Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder thread:

    And my outdoor chicks -

    The links the other folks gave you are really excellent. The best thing (and sometimes the most confusing, if I were being totally honest) is going through the information and seeing how differently we all do things. But ultimately we all want the same thing......healthy birds, fresh eggs, and a little backyard entertainment. So pick and choose what advice appeals to you, what will work in your situation (after all, you're there, we're not [​IMG] ) and if something doesn't work, well, it's not etched in stone..change it to fit your needs. It's as easy and as complicated as that!

    Welcome to BYC!
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