New to Chickens and BYC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dornes, May 23, 2011.

  1. Dornes

    Dornes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there! I am new to chickens and have always wanted layers! No roosters for this family (at least not now... it has taken me 5 years to convince my hubby that having chickens is a good idea in the first place...lol)

    I have been reading up on chickens and talking with our neighbors who have quite a few good layers about the pros and cons of having the birds. I finally, after hearing about costs this past week decided one more time to try to convince my hubby how much money it would save our family of 5 a week on grocery bills to just feed and vet the chickens. Turns out the 15 dozen eggs we buy a month costs WAY more than it does to actually have chickens [​IMG]

    So, I was doing some more research online this morning, trying to find some wonderful coop plans and run across your website! Thought I'd join because I already found tons of useful information just buzzing through!

    I can't wait to start on our chicken endeavor! And my kids are more than thrilled that we will soon have chickens! The breeds we are going to start with is two of each Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rock and Red and Black Stars. So starting off with 8 birds! [​IMG]

    The type of coop I am wanting is a nice walk in coop, we live in wisconsin, it gets quite cold here in the winters so I thought that having the boxes inside the coop would serve better for warmth in the winter instead of having the boxes that jut out of the coop. And a run, the chickens will not be free range, unless I am outside and can let them out to range while I am able to supervise them.

    [​IMG] Excited!
     
  2. Komaki

    Komaki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1st...............[​IMG] It's NOT possible to find a better web site Or BETTER FOLK THAN HERE! There is no question that goes unanswered correctly. I know raising your own chickens is not only inexpensive, but alot of fun. Also, if it helps I have never taken a chicken to a Vet. [​IMG]
     
  3. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Best chicken people anywhere!

    Check out the Coops pages (link at top of page) Ideas galore, and instructions too.
     
  4. Dornes

    Dornes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL about the vet! I actually meant just normal vaccinations and such. My kids probably will end up showing them at fair and there is a required check on them to make sure they are healthy... that is what I actually meant by vet costs. Ha! [​IMG]
     
  5. cpegram

    cpegram Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] you will love this site hi from TN
     
  6. DuckyGurl

    DuckyGurl Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] Warning: this site is EXTREMELY addictive! LOL! [​IMG]
     
  7. what's kickin' chicken

    what's kickin' chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Hi [​IMG]
     
  8. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Both this site and the chickens themselves are addictive, Beware! [​IMG]
     
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  10. mikeschick

    mikeschick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new too... to both. Trying to learn all I can, you already sound like you know more than I do. 15 dozen eggs! Holy Poultry Batman! [​IMG]) lol Welcome to the club from one new egg to another. [​IMG]
     

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