new to BYC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 1newchickontheblock, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. 1newchickontheblock

    1newchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Greetings all!
    I am new to BYC, and not even a fledgling chicken owner yet!

    I will be getting some chicks in the spring - thinking about a Silver Wyandotte, Speckled Sussex, an Easter Egger, Jersey Giant, and a Barred Rock or Dominique. And a couple of little Silkies for my daughter. Nothing's carved in stone yet - still TBD.. Would appreciate any feedback on breeds (must be docile/friendly, at least good egg layers, and can tolerate cold weather - we live in New England) I've done a lot of research already, and thse seem to fit the bill...

    I will be attempting coop construction on my own (with a little help!) - those prebuilt coops are so darned expensive!!


    I also have 1 husband, 2 kids (1 of each) 1 dog - trying to live as green as we can... :)
     
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  2. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

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  3. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    [​IMG] from western Kentucky! You're gonna LOVE this place! There are many, MANY friendly people who are very generous with their time and experience. Take the time to read the "chickens101" page at the beginning, and go through the coop / run section for some marvelous ideas on housing set ups. Get a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, pull up a chair, and make yourself at home! (but be warned: when they said BYC is addictive, they WEREN'T kidding!!!) [​IMG]
     
  4. 1newchickontheblock

    1newchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No kidding!! I'm addicted already, and I don't even have the little peeps yet!!
     
  5. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us!
     
  6. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
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    [​IMG] from Oklahoma!

    There's plenty of enablers here. Sounds like you have a great potential for a chicken addiction.

    Be sure to get breeds with smaller combs to endure your cold temps. Like the Dominique over the Barred Rock. This morning it's 10 degrees outside and I'm worried about all my single comb chickens. Where I'm at it's not uncommon to wear shorts year around. (Not happening this year though!) It's very apparent that you have been researching. EE hens are so sweet. Watch out for their roos though some are mean. Sussex are another sweet breed. Of course, Silkies are an excellent choice for little girls.
     
  7. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2008
    Houston(ish)
    [​IMG] from Texas
     
  8. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

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  9. 1newchickontheblock

    1newchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks, Dandelion! That is helpful re the dominique - that was something I hadn't discovered.. (and no roosters allowed where I am, ie the suburbs:)
     
  10. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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