New to Chickens and incredibly excited!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by farmprojects13, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. farmprojects13

    farmprojects13 New Egg

    Jan 9, 2012
    Hello -

    I do not yet have chickens but am hoping to finally get them this spring. I have been interested in getting them for some time and we're FINALLY going to do it! Unfortunately we commute 40 minutes each way, leaving at 6:30 am and sometimes not getting back until 5:30 or 6:00pm so I don't think we can start with chicks this year. So we'll be looking for a small starter group of chickens in April or so - young and maybe not laying yet - maybe a Silkie or two ( I have a 16 month old) a few buff orpingtons, and maybe an Australorp or two - is this a reasonable thing to look for or am I better off starting with chicks even though I'm not home - any advice would be wonderful - thank you and I look forward to learning so much from all of you!
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  3. coonhoundmama87

    coonhoundmama87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2011
  4. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Washington State glad you joined us!
    Great choices in chickens!
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2012
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  7. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    southern ohio
    [​IMG] from Ohio
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    [​IMG] Welcome from California!

    I hatched chicks a week ago and I also am gone for 13 hours a day. (But I'm an old hand at hatching..) However, if you get your chicks on a Saturday and set things up well over the weekend, you CAN leave them with feed and water as long as you check each one as soon as you get home to make sure they're okay. Safe place, out of drafts, where they cannot hop out of their brooder. Then you can love on 'em every evening.

    Just sayin'....

    'Cause part of the best thing about raising chickens is starting with babies and handling them so they become used to you.
  9. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
  10. turney31

    turney31 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    Welcome! I prefer to get chicks but older, point of lay pullets are also a great find. Be careful that you don't buy hens past their prime and quarantine if you do have others in your flock.

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