New here in North Carolina, would love some help getting started!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChantalHayes, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. ChantalHayes

    ChantalHayes New Egg

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    I have always wanted to have chickens and am finally in a situation where it's possible! All I have so far is the desire and a membership to BYC. I have a 4 year old and a baby on the way, which is why it is VERY important to me to have FRIENDLY chickens, as we will keep them as pets (and eat their eggs, of course!) Can anyone point me in the right direction? I would like to spend less than $200 on a coop if possible, and want it to be easy to clean/feed/care for since I'll have my oldest daughter helping me. Any suggestions are very much appreciated! Thanks!
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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  3. Branch Chickens

    Branch Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 little ones, and we were looking for docile breeds. Our final choices are in my signature. [​IMG]
     
  4. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! ChickenCanoe gave you two really good links, also check out the BYC Breeds section for member reviews on a lot of breeds. Nice, friendly breeds that are decent egg layers, Orpingtons are a lot of peoples first choice, Sussex, Wyandottes, Australorps and Plymouth Rocks are also popular. For breeds that don't lay as well but are really friendly, Cochins and Silkies are really popular as pets.
    For a coop, you might want to check out the BYC Coops section for ideas https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops and consider building your own or having one built for you, you can usually make a much better one than you can buy for the same price.
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Yes, check out the links provided. Lots of good information there.

    Welcome to BYC and enjoy all your poultry adventures!
     
  7. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] and good luck! When it comes to coops and budget I say go for a shed and convert it into a chicken coop. Small premade coops are so crappy and not worth a penny. In my flock my barred rocks are the sweetest things.
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Many have created coops using pallets. Do a forum search on 'Pallet Coops'.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Often you can find coops for sale along with a flock of chickens on Craig's list. People decide chickens aren't for them, or neighbors complain etc. etc.
     
  10. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

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