New from Louisville, with lots of questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Pineapple, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Pineapple

    Pineapple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2013
    Hi folks. I'm brand new here, and almost brand new to keeping poultry--the last time I had chickens of my own was 20 years ago when I was a kid. A friend on facebook (Hi, Elena!) recommended that I join. I have some elementary and probably stupid questions.

    I am recently moving into a new house and I'd like to get a couple birds for the back yard. I'm having trouble choosing which birds to get, though, because I know so little about the day-to-day practicalities of keeping them. I want to do everything right, but there's so much information out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed...

    So far I've been thinking of a couple bantam chickens, a couple Coturnix quail, or a couple of bantam ducks. I'm not hardpressed on any of those so if there's another suggestion you have, I'd love to hear.

    I plan to get only hens, and eat the eggs although eggs are not the biggest concern for me. I basically want a couple of birds because they're pretty--even if they didn't produce eggs. I also prefer smaller animals, but I'm not committed to that, either, so if there's a larger variety that you think I'd like, let me know! OK, my questions:

    1) Which birds are the quietest? (I know that all birds make noise, but I'm curious as to whether there's a difference in noise level between species.)

    2) Which are the easiest to care for in Kentucky (where we have 25 degree winters and 100+ degree summers)?

    3) If I get chickens, I plan to let them out of their habitat (which I am going to build) sometimes to forage in the yard. I'm pretty sure I can do this with ducks, right? Can I do this with quail?

    4) This is probably the stupidest question I have--what's the difference between a coop, a run, a cage, a tractor, a yard, and all the other names I see called places where chickens are kept? Are they all different names for the same thing?

    5) Anything else you think I need to know--I'm all ears!

    Thank you! <3
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  2. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2012
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio!!! There is no such thing as a stupid question on here!

    1) You can go to this link and read reviews on breeds to see which ones are right for you.

    2) In the summer as long as you provide cool water they should be alright. Last summer it was 100+ here and my girls were fine. If it gets really cold in the winter, you may want to get a breed with a pea or rose comb so that they do not get frostbite. Again you can go to to find the right breed. The following article will give you more info on keeping your flock warm in the winter.

    3) Sorry I don't know anything about ducks or quail.

    4) The coop is the main home for a flock. It holds the roosts, nest boxes, and sometimes the food and water. The run/cage/pen is a fenced in place that is connected to the coop so that the flock can come out and find bugs.

    This is my coop.


    The brown structure is the coop. The fenced in pen is the run. The roosts and nest boxes are inside the coop.

    I hope this helps! Good luck!
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  3. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2009
    Newaygo Michigan
    [​IMG] & [​IMG]
    I used to have ducks a long time ago. They are cute, entertaining, lay wonderful eggs that are great for baking, and the ducks are messy and to me take more care than chickens.

    Good luck with your new venture!
  4. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
  5. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    X2 Welcome to BYC.
  6. Pineapple

    Pineapple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2013
    Thank you, everybody! That's a lot of information to read over and I appreciate it.

    The way the chicken breeds are laid out one-by-one, is there a corresponding section for ducks or other birds? Sorry there is and it's obvious, I just haven't been able to find it...
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Pineapple, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Best of luck to you and have fun!!
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Go to the top of page under forum, then scroll down to raising backyard chickens, and there is a ton of information about chicks, coops, and everything else. Personally I have a few silkies, old english game bantams, and mille fleur d'uccles hens who are so friendly and sweet, and tolerate the heat and cold of southernmost Ohio. They take up little space, eat small amounts, and get along great with all of my big chickens. All are easily bought at Tractor Supply in March. I have a little banty rooster who stays with them. You will need a coop (barn) and a run (fence around the coop.) They need shade at all times and it all has to be covered with 1/2 inch hardware cloth (smaller than chicken wire) to keep them safe from raccoons, possums, foxes, cuyotes, and dogs. Welcome!
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  10. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2007

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