New to Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sbshadjr, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. sbshadjr

    sbshadjr New Egg

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    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

    SBShadjr
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Best of luck with your poultry pursuits!!
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] 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!
     
  4. AMBantams

    AMBantams Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome from Florida. BYC provided many great ideas in coop design and layout. It's a great resource.
     
  5. poultrylubber

    poultrylubber Chillin' With My Peeps

    WELCOME to BYC from Northern Michigan. Glad you joined!! I would say to watch out for hen pecking and bullies. As to breeds it really depends on what you want them for, as pets or for maximum egg production.
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  7. Chicken Happy

    Chicken Happy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! [​IMG]
     
  8. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    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
     
  9. GulfStar

    GulfStar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First: Welcome aboard!

    Best advice........ Build a bigger coop than you think you need, you will have more chickens than you think.
     
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  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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