new to chicken keeping

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicken_Girl, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. Chicken_Girl

    Chicken_Girl Out Of The Brooder

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    hi im new sorry if this is the right forum but i don’t know which one is

    anyway, im going to get some chickens soon well chicks/eggs and i was hoping for some suggestions of breeds, or any recommended coops, or you know any tips before i get them

    any help will be useful, there is no experience with chickens in my family before except from my grandmother

    thankies [​IMG]
     
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  2. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on your plans/purpose for the birds. Do you plan to have as pets...for eggs...meat...both...all three???

    Would help to read all you can first. Start with clicking on the "learning Center" at the top of the page!
     
  3. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    More information would be useful.
    1.) Are you in the city or on an acreage?
    2.) Are you going for eggs & meat or just one or the other?
    3.) What are your climate conditions?
    4.) How big are you making the run & coop?
    5.) Are young kids going to be around them?

    These can all affect your decision - My Pet Chicken has a nice questionaire you can fill out that can help - just google them.

    I personally love my bantam cochin's they have the cutest feathered feet. But my Easter Egger is eventually going to give some green or blue (really do not know yet) eggs, that will be pretty cool......so it all depends ya know?
     
  4. Chicken_Girl

    Chicken_Girl Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:1.) town
    2.) eggs/ pets/ meat
    3.) not sure
    4.) a medium cage no bigger than 6X6
    5.) maybe i thinks so because the cousins are quite keen on chickens
     
  5. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    Then I would go with a bantam (smaller) - there are alot of different kinds. Check out the www.mypetchicken.com site and try their questionaire - hopefully someone can suggest other bantam breeds - I am only famaliar with the cochin's which I adore. My cockerel doesn't crow as loud as the EE which I had to cull since I am also in town. HTH
     
  6. Chicken_Girl

    Chicken_Girl Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you i still learning and i reading every book and every website i can and i just needs some tips and recommendations and breeds your information is very useful
     
  7. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    Quote:First MAKE SURE zoning laws allow you to have chickens, does your town have minimum acreage for livestock? Lots of towns consider chickens livestock. some restrick type/quantity you may have, whether you may have a rooster. etc.... check this before getting anything hate to say this now but would rather stop you now instead of seeing a "I live in _______ and have to get rid of my chickens" there are plenty on here that will confirm there are restrictions of all sorts to be delt with when inside of city limits. You may have to get a CHICKEN LICENSE, which always cracks me up.
     
  8. Chicken_Girl

    Chicken_Girl Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah we are not gonna get a cockral [​IMG] because its to noisy, having said that somebody does have peacocks nearby lol anyways we probably will be allowed to keep chickens

    thankies
     
  9. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    I would check just to be sure there was a post on here where you could keep mallard ducks because they not considered livestock, but chickens were, its always better safe than sorry. And if the law allows and you want a roo by all means get one and piss off the neighbors. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You mentioned the word cage a few times, will the chickens be inside a building?
     

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