New Member to byc and New to raising chickens

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  1. Chicka-boom Chicka-boom

    Chicka-boom Chicka-boom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all - I am new to byc - in fact I am so new I don't even have any chickens yet! I've been researching having a small backyard flock - maybe 4 hens.
    We live in a city that recently allowed residents to have backyard chickens, so I've been wanting to do this but it has taken some time to convince my husband that this is a good idea. I have been looking at the various types of chicken coops other people are using, and came across one that I believe is very similar to what ours is going to be like. When we have it all finished and finally get our hens I will post a picture of it.
    I would very much appreciate advice as to which type(s) of hens we should get. Now that I know what and where our coop will be I will have to research the various types of laying hens available. I don't know if climate makes a difference but we live on the wet coast (Pacific Northwest area). Does anyone have any advice as to what type(s) of hens I should get - and how old should they be? Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC! You have come to the coolest place on the internet for chicken knowledge.

    I started with chickens last summer and the people of BYC have been great. This year I have tried hatching and buying chicks for even more chickeny joy. Please visit my BYC Page for my blog links that you may find informative or amusing.
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  5. dkvart1

    dkvart1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad you joined us. I too am one of the "chickenless" here and have been on for months researching and having a great time with these wonderful folks. It's soooo tough to pick breeds with all the beautiful chickens out there. My "intention" (you'll find the best of intentions fall prey to chicken math eventually) was to have a handful of chickens, now I'm thinking 15 or more is where I'll end up. Course I haven't broke that news to DH who has been ...um... let's just say not as enthuastic as I in regards to chickens! We finally are moving into our new house the first week of June... so it won't be long before he finds out! [​IMG] <--- that is liable to be his first reaction! [​IMG]

    Good luck!
     
  6. MSDeb

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  7. Unclebean

    Unclebean Rest in Peace 1977-2013

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  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. I start with chicks, that way they get use to you and won't be afraid. With older birds, unless you are buying from someone respectable, you won't really know how old you are getting. As for breeds you can always look at the catlogs of hatcheries and it will give you a discription how good a layer they are. I personally like the Australorp, Barred Rock, Wyandottes, Opingtons and Buffs. [​IMG]
     
  9. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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