New to Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by canadianchick86, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. canadianchick86

    canadianchick86 New Egg

    Dec 31, 2013
    I'm sooo happy I found BackYard Chickens! I have so many questions I don't know where to start. I spent most of last year thinking about chickens and coop designs and not getting much accomplished. As the new year is about to start, my chicken dream is also starting over. Any advice on starting out? I've never had a chicken before but want to make my new friends comfortable and happy when I get them- once I decide on the breed I'll get! On one hand, I want to have everything planned out so I only have to build once and not have to add things later as I learn more. But on the other hand, I want to jump in and get some chickens. I'm in Canada so I was concerned about winter...should I insulate the coop? or is a heat lamp enough? There's so much to learn, HELP!!
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! x2 on TwoCrows' advice good luck to you!
  5. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 13, 2013
    SW Kansas
    [​IMG] You can't go too big, Chicken Math is different from regular math! So if you plan on 10 then build for 30 LOL! If you choose cold hardy breeds you probably won't have to worry about heat if you insulate well, many chicken owners don't heat at all (I don't and it can get to -10 here). It is really up to you, but if you start with heat they will probably become dependent on it. Good luck!!
  6. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Happy New Year and welcome to BYC

    The coop size is up to you but it should also go along with the amount of chickens you plan on having but nothing ever goes according to plan ..... Insulation in the coop wow that could be good and bad as with anything if a small rodent gets in you might have a mess so you should think about what you are going to use but if you have something like ten chickens you really should not have much of a problem as they will keep each other warm and if a heat lamp puts off light the chickens wont get much sleep ...........

    If you have a dog house around that would work for several months wile your chickens grow and this would force you to build a coop ,,,,,,,, Ya

    gander007 [​IMG]
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow Welcome To BYC and Happy Holidays! Good luck on your chicken adventure. Good advice above, the BYC Learning Center is a great place to start.
  8. Chicken Happy

    Chicken Happy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2012
    North Idaho
    Welcome! Plan on how many chickens you want and triple it. There is no cure for chicken addiction! I have a basic coop (can hold 30 chickens) and do not heat. Currently I have 20 chickens in there and they are fine...the coldest it has gotten in the coop is 15. If you know of local chicken to them - ask what they do. Troll the forums here and see what other people do. It can get overwhelming, but when you begin your chicken adventure it will be easier than you thought.
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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Search the forums, ask questions, plan, and you will be ready to start on your poultry 'adventure'.

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