New member soon to be new chick mom

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lizida, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. lizida

    lizida Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    I'm soon to be a chicken owner. I can't wait to start this adventure. I started out on a farm when I was younger. It's been 25 some years since then and I want chicks. I have finally convinced my husband to let me get some. Only thing holding me back currently is his retirement. Not sure if we are moving or not so I'm waiting until he figures it out. In the mean time I'm researching all I can. Any advice is welcome. I'm looking to get chicks that will be friendly and lay me some good brown eggs. We currently live in Wisconsin but may move to Washington. I've blabbed enough I think.
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    So glad you joined our chicken community!! Good luck with picking breeds for your future flock! Feel free to browse the website [​IMG] or ask all the questions you have and we will do our best to answer them.
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Here is a nice section of the learning centre on raising chicks https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks
    It has lots of great articles on getting started with them and all that they need when they are young. I started out with red sex link hens and found them to be excellent egg layers a nice steady easy to manage bird.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and hope you enjoy BYC, I am sure you will :frow
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] Good to have another chicken lover join us.

    There are several 'chick selector' tools you can use to help narrow down the breeds you may want. Check these out to get you started:
    https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chick_selector.html

    http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/which-breed-is-right-for-me.aspx

    Then there's this handy chart that lists the breeds and shows characteristics such as broodiness, average weight, egg color, etc.
    http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

    Have fun choosing your flock and if you have questions, just ask.
     
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  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock"

    Some breeds that I would recommend would be Wyandottes, Easter Eggers, Australorps, and Orpingtons. I'm especially a fan of the Wyandotte breed. They'd be a great choice for your climate, as they are cold hardy and usually fine in heat as well. My Wyandottes have been very good layers (250+ eggs each, per year) of light brown eggs and have been docile, sweet, and inquisitive.

    Good luck with any future poultry adventures![​IMG]
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Buff orpingtons are my favorite breed. They are affectionate, gentle and docile. Plus they lay large brown eggs and are cold hardy. Australorps and barred rocks are great egg laying, docile chickens too!
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Many breeds would probably work well for you. In particular, though, I recommend Wyandottes, Australorps, Plymouth Rocks, Easter Eggers (or Ameraucanas), Orpingtons, and Sex-links. All of those breeds tend to be beautiful, docile birds that are hardy and lay plenty of colored eggs. Most of them lay brown eggs, but the Easter Eggers/Ameraucanas would fill your basket with pretty blue, green, or pink eggs. [​IMG]
     

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