New to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LearningInPayson, May 23, 2019.

  1. LearningInPayson

    LearningInPayson In the Brooder

    May 23, 2019
    Hello everybody,

    I am happy to be on here. I just found this site and am hoping to be able to learn from each of you and from your experience. I am brand new, not only to this site, but also to the idea of having chickens and am hoping to start at the very beginning and get some help that maybe I can repay at some point in the future. Let me answer the questions requested from this site. Then I will probably make a few posts and hopefully figure things out from there. Thank you all in advance for any help you are willing to give to me.

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

    I am brand new to chickens. I do not have any chickens yet but hope to get some very soon, maybe even this weekend. I am hoping to gain some help in deciding what to do before I go out and buy any. I would like to be successful and make as few mistakes as I can the first time around. I have always lived in a city and never thought I would enjoy animals other than the typical dogs and fish. I moved my family out to a smaller city a couple years ago, and since then have become more and more interested in different things like this. While I am still in a city, it is more rural and we are very happy for it to be so.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now?
    None. I am hoping to change that very soon.

    (3) What breeds do you have?
    None yet. Still in the research phase.

    (4) What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens?
    New to this. Excited to find this answer out.

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies?
    I enjoy a lot of outdoor activities and most sports. I am learning about gardening and making lots of mistakes there trying to get rid of my black thumb but it is going along well. I also love animals, especially dogs and tropical fish. I have kept saltwater aquariums successfully and now am into the African Cichlid scene as well.

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.
    I have a few other pets including two small dogs and 3 fish tanks with about 45 fish combined.

    (7) Bonus: How did you find BYC, how long have you known about BYC, and what made you finally join our awesome community? :D
    I have been looking for a community like this as I have had luck with them in the past for the other animals I keep. I finally found it today so registered immediately when I found it. I am very excited to be here and learn from everyone.
  2. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Okay. That's great that you want to learn and not make "too many ;)" newbie mistakes.
    First lesson: don't get the chicks this weekend!!!! You need to have your coop and run nearly completely finished before even thinking about getting chicks. Then you need to set up your brooder. I personally highly recommend brooding right in your coop with a brooder plate or MHP. Chicks absolutely thrive that way.
    Good luck and have fun with your planning and research.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC, and good luck in establishing your flock. Set your goals, study the forums, ask questions, plan and you and your flock will be successful.
  4. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

    Jun 26, 2014
    Corning, NY
    Welcome to our FUN-omenal community! :celebrate Best wishes and have LOTS of FUN! :wee
  5. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined. Worry about getting the coop and run done first, then get your flock. If you are getting new chick's, then you will need a brooder and heat lamp set up for them.
  6. Evelyn Walker

    Evelyn Walker Chirping

    Apr 3, 2019
    Hi! Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions! We'll be happy to help. :)
  7. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Wrangler

    Aug 20, 2015
    Smith County, TN
    Hi and welcome to at BYC :frow We're so happy you decided to join us:ya
  8. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    Hello LearningInPayson.
    Welcome to BYC.
    There is keeping hens and then there is keeping chickens.;)
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  9. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hi and welcome to BYC and congrats on your new hobby.

    Here are some links to key resources:

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
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  10. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Ain't that the truth! Sheesh.
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