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sherriroth

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5 Years
Sep 29, 2014
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I am new to this in every way. My husband and i are looking into raising chickens now that we have the space. However we were both raised more in small city or suburbs rather than country. Any advice you could give to total newbies would be great! We are thinking to have them just for the eggs however we do spend a lot on chicken but we aren't sure if we could do that. Love all the information here.
 

sunflour

Flock Master
8 Years
Jan 10, 2013
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Macon,GA
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Glad you joined us. There's a lot of info on the site. The first place to start is the Learning Center Articles. If you haven't already done so there are several books that can help get you started. Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens is a good start.

First decide what you want, how much space and time you have and how you want to manage them. What you expect of them. Depends on your climate, but I found it easier to learn all I could and get started with newborns in March so they could move out into coop in warm weather. Planning your coop and getting it built takes longer than we think, so plan ahead and start before you get your flock.

There's so much info on the forums it can be overwhelming, but personally I prefer a blend of textbook info supplemented with those of experience ….and there's a lot of experienced flock owners here (not me I'm still new..proud owner of 6 - 19 month old hens I raised from 3 days old).

But, get ready for a really fun experience!
 

Michael OShay

Crowing
5 Years
May 14, 2014
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2,436
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Montana
Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. You've been given some good advice by sunflour and some good links by Kelsie2290 so I'll just say, please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Do you have any particular breeds in mind?
 

sumi

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Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
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Welcome to BYC
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x2 on the Learning Centre. You'll find a lot of good info there to help you prepare for your first flock. Enjoy!
 

TwoCrows

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Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Mar 21, 2011
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107,303
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New Mexico, USA
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Hello there and welcome to BYC!
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So glad you could join our community! Definitely stop by our learning center. Lots of articles on getting started with chickens, raising the chicks, building the coop, and keeping your adult flock happy, healthy and safe from predators.

Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
 

Wyandottes7

Crowing
6 Years
Jul 24, 2013
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Welcome to BYC!
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We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Definitely check out the Learning Center.
 

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