New. No chickens...but enthusiastically researching and planning.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by J. Ruth, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. J. Ruth

    J. Ruth Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I am so excited to have joined this site. I can't wait to get advice from experienced people such as yourselves. I am living in California and I will probably move to the East coast before I get any birds, which probably won't be for a few years...

    Right now, I am trying to do as much research and planning as possible because I have the time. [​IMG]
    I have always wanted to have a small farm with chickens, but my experience is limited to say the least. That is why I am trying to learn as much as possible. That is also why I joined this site. I have many specific questions and the people on YahooAnswers! just aren't qualified enough to help me. [​IMG] I am also excited by the prospect of getting multiple answers.
    For now, this is how much planning I have done, but my research is much more extensive:

    I plan to use Wellsummers for eggs and Sussex, Wyandottes, and Orpingtons for meat. Since I don't want my eggs to be fertile, I am going to keep the Wellsummer hens separate from the other hens and cocks. I also plan to have the Sussex, Wyandottes, and Orpingtons brood and raise their own chicks. I also plan to have my meat birds be free-range. But, I will also give my Wellsummers plenty of space to roam and forage. [​IMG]

    This is an incomplete, and most likely flawed, plan. But, that is why I joined this site. I can't wait to see what all of you have to say! [​IMG]
     
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Washington State glad you joined us!
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. No need to wait a few years before you get chickens. Springtime is around the corner and you'll need some chickens for fresh eggs!!
     
  4. hlf1996

    hlf1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]. It sounds like you have a pretty good plan. [​IMG]
     
  5. J. Ruth

    J. Ruth Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I know. I really wish that I could. Honestly, I'm waiting until I move out of my parents' house. But, I appreciate the optimism. [​IMG]
     
  6. J. Ruth

    J. Ruth Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  7. J. Ruth

    J. Ruth Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
     
  9. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Ohio
     
  10. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome!

    There is really no reason to prevent fertile eggs. They won't develop, much less hatch, unless incubated under a broody or in an incubator, and you won't know the difference otherwise -- actually, there is no difference in nutritional value. Even if a fertile egg stays under a broody all day, there will be no development in that length of time.

    This is a great place to research chickens well. Wise of you to be well prepared beforehand. And don't get too upset by the illnesses and injuries you'll run into here; most people never have a problem, especially if they practice good biosecurity.
     

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