New to Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by klasala, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. klasala

    klasala New Egg

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    I was raised around animals my whole life- cows, goats, horses, and pigs.I have always wanted chickens and I am finally going to get some. As of right now we have 0 chickens because we are not ready for them yet. We have to finish the coop and run. I would like for them to be able to run free, but we live in a wooded area and I am worried about raccoons getting them. Our property has a creek that runs through it and you can always find raccoon tracks down there. also have two hawks that live around here, I don't know if they would mess with the chickens, but better to be safe than sorry. Besides the fact that the coop is not ready, we also do not have chickens because we all disagree about what breed to get. My parents want to help out with the coop put a few hens in for themselves to reap the benefits of having fresh eggs. My husband like RIR, I want Orpingtons, and my parents want bantams. They want chickens already laying and I want baby chicks for the kiddos ( my son and 3 nephews) to raise, so that the chicks will be used to them when they become adult chickens.

    As far as some of my other hobbies - I don't know if I really have any, unless you count running after a three year old a hobby. I been married 10 years this October, I teach school all day, and chase after my son in the afternoon. I want him to experience the same fun I did as a kid with having lots of different critters. Don't get me wrong, we have four German shepherds but that is different than farm type animals. We are currently in the process of getting goats, cows, and pigs too. My concern is the chickens, they can work with the other critters, the chickens are my babies.

    I started doing research about raising chicken and kept finding myself at BackYardChickens.com. So any advice about chickens would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Good luck with your (hopefully) future chickens!
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Check out the BYC Breeds section for member reviews of a lot of breeds, the Henderson chicken breed chart also compares a lot of popular breeds http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html Check your state thread for breeds that people near you are having success with. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/121387/yo-georgians Quite a few people have mixed flocks with a lot of different breeds, if you have the room and coop set up and pick compatible breeds, makes everybody happy. If you get the chickens as chicks, they do tend to be friendlier if you socialize them, but getting older birds and getting eggs faster is nice also...do both? Could you set up the coop into two parts, so you have a section for older birds and a section for the chicks later on? It is nice to have a coop you can section off anyhow, since you will probably get new birds/chicks every couple of years to keep up the egg production.
    The BYC Predators and Pests forum is a good place to check out for advice on how to predator proof your coop and run.
     
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! The Learning Center also has lots of good information :)
     
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the flock [​IMG]
     
  6. Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Enjoy all your poultry adventures!
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Good luck in establishing a flock and dealing with those predators.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Every thing seems to love chicken, especially hawks, raccoons, fox, coyote, snakes(steal their eggs and sometimes chicks) - if you , coop ,predator threads and whole lot more open to you.
     

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