New to back yard chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MerkySky, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. MerkySky

    MerkySky Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    I am new to this idea of having back yard chickens. I really only want 4 high productive non brooding ones that lay brown eggs. I have picked my 4 from Meyer hatchery but they are not available until June 4Th. I choose this Hatchery because the limit is 3 chickens instead of most places requiring 15 or more.
    Here are my choices any advice would be greatly appreciated
    Barred Rock
    Blue Laced Red Wyandottes
    Partridge Rock
    Golden Bluff

    I like a few others that were not available.
    This hatchery had pretty good prices also.
    We have the room we own a landscape business and have plenty of land. I would like to grass feed as much as possible so I want to build a Mobile hutch for them but also keep them in the winter months...I live in Northern Indiana.
    I will read through much of the site to gather ideas on how best to do this. One question is if I get the chicks in June when do they start to actually lay eggs?
    Thanks everyone
    MerkySky[​IMG]
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Hens start laying at 25 weeks, on average. But it depends on the breeds. Lighter breeds start sooner than heavier breeds.
     
  3. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    The Golden Buff will probably lay around 20 weeks since it's a production bird. The others closer to 25 weeks. I've ordered chicks from Meyer several times and have been really pleased with them. Good luck!
     
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  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  7. MerkySky

    MerkySky Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your reply that helps!
     
  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Howdy from Kansas, MerkySky, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Good luck to you and your chicks!!
     

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