New Member in Nova Scotia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NoviceFarmer, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. NoviceFarmer

    NoviceFarmer New Egg

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    Don't have any chickens yet, excited to get started...starting completely from scratch. Am hoping this site will give me all the info I need to get started....biggest questions I have so far:
    1 - where do I get chickens?...do I buy chickens or chicks and do I need them sexed?
    2 - how many chickens do I want?
    3 - how do I choose a breed?
    4 - what do I need to make a coop?

    Can't wait to eat my first egg :)
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] You've come to the right place! O.K. Questions...

    1. It's up to you, how much time you have, how much effort you want to put into getting started... Chicks are more fun, but you will need to keep them warm until they are strong enough to live outside etc and wait longer for eggs, but they will be used to you and tame... POL pullets on the other hand will be easier, but could work out more expensive and they will possibly not be very tame. If you don't want roosters you can buy sexed chicks and if you buy older chickens you can choose only hens. "Straight run" chicks are unsexed.

    For places to buy chicks/chickens I'd suggest you look here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/16/chicken-breeders-hatcheries

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/67/buy-sell-trade

    2. How much space have you got? What do you want them for? Eggs, meat, as pets with the benefit of eggs? All I can say is you should get at least 2, as chickens are social creatures who do better with a companion.

    3. Depends again on what you want them for. Meat and eggs, only eggs, pets and eggs? Have a look here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    4. If you are building from scratch there are a lot of options. You can buy in materials, use recycled materials... The only things limiting you is your budget and your imagination! Here's some sections to look at for ideas:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

    Since you are a newbie to the chicken world I think I'll throw in one more thing for you to look at:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Enjoy!
     
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  3. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Wow, check out everything Sumi provided, and you will be set to go. [​IMG]
     
  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!!
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    Glad you joined us!
     
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you've joined us.
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, NoviceFarmer, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! Looks like Sumi gave you some reading - you'll be a capable chicken keeper in not time. Good luck to you!
     
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  9. Reurra

    Reurra Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC froma fellow Bluenose! [​IMG]
     

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