New to Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bdorsey5151, May 17, 2018.

  1. bdorsey5151

    bdorsey5151 In the Brooder

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    Hello,
    I'm new to raising chickens & have been doing some research. A friend & myself are doing this and wanting to start with 12 Rhode Island Red hens, young adults, not chicks.

    What's the deal with shots ... do they have to have them ... and if so, what kind?

    Is organic food easy to get?

    What's the best way to get the chickens?
     
  2. alexa009

    alexa009 Free Ranging

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens!:welcome Glad you joined the flock! Chickens don't necessarily need shots.
     
  3. Ducksandchickens

    Ducksandchickens Crowing

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    I don’t give my chickens shots unless for emergency. Look at your local feed store for chickens, that way you’re helping your community and I use kraut organic feed
     
  4. bdorsey5151

    bdorsey5151 In the Brooder

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    Thank you, the book I'm reading said the chicks needed shots, so it's confusing! Is Kraut a brand? And where do you get it? Do you have a vet for your chickens? Thanks!
     
  5. Ducksandchickens

    Ducksandchickens Crowing

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    Yes kraut is a brand. I have a vet for the chickens but I only take them for emergency
     
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  6. bdorsey5151

    bdorsey5151 In the Brooder

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    Okay ... I looked for kraut & all I found was an article about fermenting chicken feed like sauerkraut. Where do you get it?
     
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  7. Dayrel

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    Welcome by BYC!

    As for feeds, I recommend that you find your local farm supply stores- Tractor Supply and Rural King are two of the biggest, though there are also many smaller operations around. Take a tour and get an idea of what brands and feed types they carry. Some brands are national (Purina/Nutrena/etc) and there are many local/regional brands. Organic feeds are pretty common, but as you would expect are more expensive.
     
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  8. Justso

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    Hi bdorsey! Maybe you could give a little more information, where are you located? That would help people direct you to a store near you. I think the shots that are being referred to are for Marek's. It is optional. Where are you getting your chicks from?
     
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  9. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    It is great having you here!

    Often it is better to as questions in the forum that matces better. Ask about inoculations in the raising chickens or the emergencies forum
     
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  10. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Quail Hatch TBD

    Welcome! :yesss: We are glad you joined our flock!
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.
    Fermenting feed can be made at home with nothing more then any complete feed and water.
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