new to Alabama, newer to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by groleau6, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. groleau6

    groleau6 Out Of The Brooder

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    As they say in the South, hey y'all. We are a year into the Alabama and now that we are settles we have decided to start raising rabbits and chickens, as well as try our hand at vertical gardening. I am excited to do rabbits again, as it is something I am used to and miss. I am no stranger to a garden either. When it comes to chickens though, I am a total newbie. I have about a million and one questions and I look forward to chatting with some experts and weeding through all this information to find what I am looking for.
    Thanks all![​IMG]
     
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I cannot recommend reading through the Learning Center enough, it has all the information you need to get started in one place :) https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center my two cents are if you have dogs, keep them completely separate from the chickens and never ever leave them unattended together (my opinion and I learned the hard way) also, when building your coop and run be sure to use 1/2 inch hardware cloth (very strong mesh wire) rather than chicken wire which almost any predator can break through. Build bigger than you think you need because you will end up with lots of chickens, they are very addicting. Good luck to you!

    Oh and one more thing :) I would go and join your state's thread, you will be able to find locals who raise the breeds you want and also give you advice regarding predators in your area. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
     
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  3. groleau6

    groleau6 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the advice. I do have dogs, they are on an electric fence usually, but I will keep that in mind. I have heard chickens are more addictive than tattoos. If that is true then I am in trouble. :) We are thinking of starting with 4 hens and a rooster. but I am not sure if that ratio is good or not. It's a learning game. Thanks again!
     
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    I've read that the ratio of hens to roosters should be 10 to 1 to prevent over breeding. (missing feathers on back/neck etc)
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello from Oregon & welcome to BYC :)
     
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you and the family joining the flock [​IMG]




    You might want to check out the learning center and it is free [​IMG]
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.
     

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