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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Wildroses986, May 18, 2009.

  1. Wildroses986

    Wildroses986 Hatching

    May 14, 2009
    Hello all! I've been lurking and reading as much as I can get away with for the past few days and thought I'd post and introduce myself.

    I am brand new to chickens, I've never had any before. I've been wanting to get a backyard flock for about a year now and we're finally buying our own home and are excited to get a flock started once we've settled in.

    I am interested in layers, not meat chickens. I've been researching different breeds and trying to figure out the best match for me. So far I'm the most interested in Easter Eggers (although my local feed store is calling them Ameraucanas and I'm pretty sure they don't buy their chicks from a breeder, not sure what they're actually selling?)

    Found BYC.com on an internet search and I'm so thrilled that I did!

    I live with my partner and 2 dogs, 1 cat and 2 horses in Tucson, Arizona. Other than researching chickens, I play rugby and roller derby and enjoy training my Thoroughbred mare for barrel racing. I work in a skin diagnostic laboratory as a histotech.

    Looking forward to everyone's input and advice on starting this new endeavor!


  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington

    It's beautiful around Tucson. Good luck getting chickens.

  3. muell112

    muell112 Songster

    Feb 4, 2009
    Bangor, ME
    I just got started with chickens this year - a great book is Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens - it talks about the different types of breeds to consider when making a decision about what to get. I got a whole variety of different chicks to try out and wanted friendly/docile chickens (was ok if they didn't produce as many eggs as some of the high production ones). While the Araucanas, Polish, Mottled houdan and sicilian buttercup are the most engaging chicks, they are all awesome so far (ordered them through Estes Hatchery online).
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  5. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    from California
    my sweetest pullets are hatchery austrolorps. I know that they are not much to look at they aren't even the right colors for the breed but they are easy to handle and should give me a lot of eggs too.
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida.
  7. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

    Aug 21, 2008

  8. [​IMG] from Sonoma County Northern California!

    You'll have so much fun! muell112 is right..Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens is an awesome book, loaded with lots of good information.

    We've got 5 "toddlers" (about 17 weeks old now), 3 buff orpingtons and 2 ameracaunas as well as our handsome brown leghorn rooster and ameracauna pullet who is laying light green delicious eggs! Everyone gets along (for the most part) and have their own personalities.
    They are such fun!

    Good luck!

  9. Homesteading_Bound

    Homesteading_Bound Songster

    Aug 4, 2008
    Welcome: [​IMG] From:Ohio

    You'll figure out what type of chicken(s) you want in your back yard....

    Just keep reading and cross referencing on different breeds...

    Plus...all the help you will find on BYC

    There are many great breeds out there.

    The Best To You
  10. nhnanna

    nhnanna Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
    [​IMG] [​IMG] from NH/ME.
    You will find alot of help and good information here.

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