New from SC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by morda, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. morda

    morda Hatching

    Sep 25, 2009
    Hi everyone!

    Anyway, after lurking for months and months, I'm just coming out of the woodwork to say "hi"!

    I'm a new potential chicken owner--we haven't gotten any chicks yet, but my husband and I are seriously looking into it. We live in the Upstate SC. We plan to be "small-time", no more than half a dozen hens. I know, I know, everyone says I'll get hooked, but since we live in the suburbs and we're "flying under the radar" so to speak I'm pretty confidant that we'll keep it small. [​IMG]

    Out of curiousity, does anyone think I would be totally crazy to buy 25 chicks and try to sell the rest? MPC currently has a 25 female chick special--but we don't need anything close to 25. I was thinking of picking out 5 or 6 we liked and trying to sell the rest on Craigslist or something like that.
  2. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from WI. There are a few things you can consider to get chickens....Buy the 25 and post the surplus on Craigslist, here in the BST section, a sign at the feedstore, local paper.....Remember that even orders of sexed chickens may not be all girls. It is approx 90-95% accurate on average...You can also try to find others to split the order with before you get them. But either way, have a plan what to do with extras, roos etc. As long as they are in th brooder you can stay under the radar so you have a little time. You can also find a hatchery for small orders (3 chickens and over....MyPetChicken and Meyers do that, I think one of the hatcheries has a minimum $ order, regardless of #chickens) Ordering small # chickens is usually expensive due to shipping/heating. You can also post on BYC and see if anyone in your area has chickens....check the BST section. Good luck [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2009
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
  4. pringle

    pringle Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Hello and welcome! [​IMG]
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    Congrats on joining us

  7. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Songster

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
  8. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

    Sep 12, 2009
    Nor Cal
    When I first started raising chickens, I only kept between 5 and 7. It stayed that way for several years. If you only want a few it might be better to go through your local feed store in spring. Just research what kind of chickens you want first and make sure they are ordering from a reputable hatchery.
    You will still need a brooder (homemade is fine). They are usually only 2 days old when they come in and in my area all of the feed stores sell out very fast! Just don't expect to get any expert advice from the feed stores they rarely know much about their product except how to sell you their most expensive stock! Otherwise it's better to find someone to split an order of chicks with first since they can't be shipped again (after 3 days they need lots of food and water)
    Good Luck and welcome!!![​IMG]
  9. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas size [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009

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