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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by copman020, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. copman020

    copman020 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2018
    Thanks for allowing me to join your group! I have no chickens right now but I have been thinking about getting a few for the eggs. I just know NOTHING about it and was just looking for some advice on what chickens are the best. I know that will be a touchy subject but I am looking for docile birds that lay a decent amount of eggs. I know noting about coop size, any info would be helpful. I have a large back yard and I am thinking about getting 10 birds. Is that a good start or too many? any advice would be great! Thanks in advance!
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  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello and welcome to BYC

    There's lots of things to consider when starting out with chickens.

    This link may help

    Here’s a good link where you’ll find lots of information on almost every aspect of keeping chickens - from coop building ideas, to incubating eggs -

    There’s a link on the page above to the Learning Centre - it’s a great resource. If you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource -

    You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find Your State Thread

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
  3. MrsMistyReal

    MrsMistyReal Enabler

    Aug 6, 2014
    Welcome aboard to BYC family gr8 people tons of information loads of fun enjoy shake your tail feathers cartoon-chicken-free-clipart-1.jpg
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I'd start with maybe just 2-4 hens - just to see how it goes. Better to start slow and not feel overwhelmed
  5. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

    Dec 12, 2013

    In addition to the helpful links Pork Pie Ken has supplied, I'd encourage you to think about a mixed flock. Getting a variety of breeds will help you learn which ones you like the most and help with future additions (and most likely, there will be future additions...chickens are like potato chips :D).

    Make yourself at home here and always feel free to ask questions!
  6. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop

    Welcome to Backyard chickens!

    Start smaller--4-6 but not less then 3. Build a coop for 20 will likely get more next year
  7. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

    Feb 28, 2017
    Florida Peninsula
    My Coop
    10 is a nice number.. But chicken math has already taken effect..;)
    Welcome to the chicken math enabler site!
  8. Plip

    Plip Free Ranging

    Apr 28, 2010
    NW Washington State
    Welcome to BYC! Great to have you here!
  9. BYC910

    BYC910 Crossing the Road

    :welcome Keeping chickens isn't hard . it's really just get em and go to work . Coop construction is the most important thing . Predator proof is a must . And make sure to check local laws that govern how many you can have, In a residenicial area .I hope you got lots of friends, ten hens lay a lot of eggs during peak laying season.:fl
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  10. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

    Mar 11, 2017
    South Park, Colorado, USA
    Planning for and eventually getting chickens is an exciting endeavor! First look into local ordinances, as they may outline or restrict how many chickens you can have in your location or on your size lot. Also consider your budget (or if you even have one) for coop construction/purchase and how much space your chickens will need. Both of these factors may impact your flock size.

    Others have mentioned to consider starting smaller. One of the benefits to this is that you can add birds in pairs for a few years until you build up your flock. Now the age of your birds is staggered and as the first birds get older and start to decline in egg production, you will still have some that are a bit younger and at their peak. If you aren't maxed out on birds, down the line you might have the option of letting your chickens hatch some babies of their own and growing your flock that way. There are so many possibilities!

    You could also visit a local feed store that sells chicks and see what breeds they typically carry and then start researching those breeds to see which sound like the best fit for you. I know my local feed store only purchases breeds that tend to do well in our climate, so it's nice to have someone to narrow down the options.
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