new here with questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ozarkmomma, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. ozarkmomma

    ozarkmomma Songster

    Oct 6, 2009
    the ozarks
    HI, I am a new member. I am wanting to get some chicks but have never raised chickens before and need to know where to start. I do have a chicken coop and run (although it needs a little work) Any advice for a newbie?
  2. chickenkid68

    chickenkid68 In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2009
    Wausau, Wis.
    Welcome to BYC!!!!
    Okay, so you will get a TON of great information here! I too, just started raising chickens this year. I got a lot of questions answered here, and I also bought the book "Storeys guide to raising chickens" There are many, many books out there, but I found that coming onto BYC was easier than reading all those chapters to try to narrow down each question I had. You can do a search on here to find answers, or just post a question, trust me, you will get your answers. I started this spring, bought both meat birds and egg layers and have had good success!!!!
    GOOD LUCK!!!! [​IMG]
  3. retiredwithchicks

    retiredwithchicks Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    Byrdstown, TN
    Start by reading all you can about raising chickens. Leaning section on this site is great and read as much of the postings as possible, especially all the top sections of the forum. Then decide what kind you want and how many. I ordered my first from McMurray Hatcheries. IF they are for eggs, pets, and food then hatchery birds are great. IF you want to show only go with breeders since they breed to the standard on which they will be judged. If you have specific questions, just post and someone will answer. Good luck! You will become addicted to chickens so get ready.
  4. carolynb

    carolynb Chicken Kisser

    May 18, 2009
    [​IMG] You'll get great advice & information on this site [​IMG] Good Luck!!
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Welcome from Indiana! [​IMG] I'm new to chickens myself. I did a LOT of reading, both on here and books from the library (Storey's Guide... and others). Got my first chicks a few weeks ago. How handy that you already have the basic coop!!
  6. chicknjane

    chicknjane Songster

    Jul 2, 2009
    Pine Grove, PA
    Welcome from PA!! This site and raising chickens is more than an adventure, its an addiction.

    If I had known how much fun chickens would be I would have had them years ago. They are good entertainment and provide you with food.
  7. unaspenser

    unaspenser Chirping

    Jul 15, 2009
    Southwest Idaho
    Where to start, eh... well, first of all, [​IMG]! You've gotten some good suggestions on where to start reading up, but if you want the nitty gritty, here you go.

    1. Basic things you need to raise chicks: somewhere to keep them safe and indoors for the next 6 weeks (a large dog crate, wading pool with screen over the top, a big cardboard box, etc) a feeder and waterer that they can't step in or drown in, a heat lamp or other heat source (I use my plug-in space heater), litter/bedding (pine shavings, shredded newspapers, straw, etc), and chick starter (feed). Then, get chicks!

    2. The chicks will need to be inside for at least six weeks, until they get adult feathers. Then they can be moved into your run.

    3. Once they get to that point, or once they eat up their chick starter, you can switch to feeding them pullet developer or even adult food. They will also appreciate bugs, greens, veggie/fruit peelings, yogurt, oatmeal, etc.

    4. They will start to lay somewhere around 5 months old, but this depends on the breed, the weather, the food, etc.

    Did I forget anything?

    Good luck and have fun. Chickens are awesome!
  8. RevaVirginia

    RevaVirginia Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    Reva, VA
    Welcome to BYC.

    Wait for spring.

    Imagine you're a little monkey (strong and agile) and make your coop so you wouldn't be able to get in. Protection against night time predators. Don't confuse coop with run.

    Eat yummy eggs and don't read posts about silly folks that think they can taste the rooster in fertilized eggs.

    Don't name all your chickens, takes too much time saying good night.

    Don't feed them anything you wouldn't eat. Cept scratch and feed. More going bad.

    Do...have fun
  9. AmCanyonStables

    AmCanyonStables Songster

    May 8, 2009
    American Canyon
    This is the place - I searched all over, but 90% of the info I needed was from this site. I also started in spring, and first used the site to design my run and coop. Then I moved on to the raising chicks section, read all the posts and looked for info on brooding, feeding, etc. Now, I mostly look in the section on egg laying and genetics.
    Long story short, I built my coop, picked my breeds, raised my chicks, and now about 1/2 are laying, and I never lost a single one!
    I did read the posts for about 2 months before I got the chicks - I think that helped.
    good luck - have fun!
    Oh, and for just basic big brown eggs and frequent laying, you can't beat those Barred Rocks!
  10. ozarkmomma

    ozarkmomma Songster

    Oct 6, 2009
    the ozarks
    Quote:LOL, you make me laugh. I have been reading lots on this site and will make a trip to the library for some books. I have raised lots of animals in the past so think we can handle chickens as well [​IMG] we'll see how it goes.

    Quote:Not sure what you mean by this but we have a coop (an enclosed building) and a run (covered with chicken wire, sides and top so nothing can get in)

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