New to Chickens


7 Years
Nov 9, 2012
I am in upstate South Carolina and have 1/3 acre of wooded land that is available for chickens. I have never done anything like this but my wife and daughter visited a friend with a backyard flock and they are hooked. I will be reviewing coop constuction but would like some help with what type of breed works best in my area? What pitfalls should someone new to chicken watch out for? What was the best advice you got when starting your flock?

Thanks in advance

Greetings from Kansas and
! Happy you joined our community! Best of luck with your poultry pursuits!!
Hello and welcome to BYC
There are so many things to learn and look out for, but the best is to keep them healthy and safe. Make sure their coop and run is cleaned regularly, dust for mites and other bugs (DE is good), deworm them twice a year and make sure your coop and run is predator proof! I lost quite a few birds to predators, don't underestimate them!
I"d suggest you look in the Breeds section at the different breeds's good and strong points to help you decide which one to get and do look at the Coops section for ideas. We have some really creative members here who's designs will inspire you and save you a lot of money!
Hi and :welcome

You should talk to the people in your area (try Where am I, where are you) to find out about specific breeds. RIRs, barred rocks and buff orpingtons are common starting breeds though, and very popular!

You need to watch out for predators if you have those where you are - including flying ones. So you need to make sure your coop's completely covered.

Good luck!
I hope you find all the info you need here, and enjoy the site. :D

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