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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by figiels birds, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. figiels birds

    figiels birds New Egg

    Aug 20, 2014
    Hi everyone, not only am I new but also I'm from Poland. I will only be a reader until my good lady decides on wether to start chickens before winter. The usual GoT line: "The Winter is coming". Ones she say "yes" again, this time in less important case I will become a full on member. I think the question that is of great importance to me right now is the one above, to start before winter or not...? Winters in Poland go for about 5 months and vary in temperature between 0 and -25 celsius so 33,8 to 8,8 Fahrenheit. Please if there is someone who can advise I will be grateful. Michael.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hello, Michael, welcome to BYC., Search the forums, question away and plan - then you will be ready to start. Provide a dry, well ventilated yet draft free coop and your birds will do fine. If you start in the spring, you can do so with chicks. If you start now you may want to start with more mature birds. Good luck.
  3. figiels birds

    figiels birds New Egg

    Aug 20, 2014
    Hi, this was very quick. Thanks for such quick answer. I will try to get as much knowledge before I bring the birds as possible.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community!

    I personally would rather start in the spring, summer or early fall so my birds can adjust properly and I am not slopping around in cold snows and freezing to death! Ha!

    You wouldn't do well with chicks in the winter, but you could start with started pullets or adult birds. As long as they are adapted to your territory, they would do ok. Keep in mind some birds don't lay well in the winter and or are molting. Molting can be stressful on birds coupled with moving to new territory, (coming to your place) might be a lot on them.

    So you might get started as soon as possible or just wait til spring. Spring time always bring the new chicks and starting with chicks is quite an enjoyable experience. Especially since they bond with you so much better than previously owned birds.

    But what ever decision you come to, we are always here to help you get started or answer any questions you many have.

    Good luck and we do welcome you to our flock!
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Michael. Glad you decided to join our flock. My name is Michael, too. I personally agree with TwoCrows. I would wait until the spring to start, but of course the decision is completely up to you. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your flock.
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    You've already recieved some good advice.
  8. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2014
    welcome! glad you joined,you will find everything you need to raise chicken's here,i have learned alot in just a few day's,you will have a awesome flock!
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I also would start in spring as you can expect eggs sooner and your chicks will have a higher likelihood of survival.

    If you get them in the winter they have to be kept warm, hydrated and out of drafts. If you get them in summer they'll still need to be kept warm but they also need to be out of direct sunlight, have access to water and live in a cooler area.

    But it's your decision in the end.

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