New to forum and chickens! Lots of questions!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SharonJean, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. SharonJean

    SharonJean New Egg

    Sep 9, 2012
    Pensacola, FL
    Hello there:)
    I live in Pensacola, FL and have recently been taking care of my mother in laws chickens while she moves and I became obsessed with them! I love them so much and as soon as she gets done moving shes taking them and leaving the coop at my house so I can start my own flock. I'd love some tips and advice if any of yall are interested. I'm not sure on what breeds to get for our climate. Its pretty darn hot in the summer (sometimes upwards of 100 degrees) and somewhat cold in the winter (sometimes dipping into the teens at night) I would also like more friendlier chickens, are there breeds that are nicer than others? Also is there a time of year that is better for starting with chicks? Where would you suggest purchasing them? My mother in law got hers at Barnes feed store. Also I just want hens no roosters, so how do I go about making sure I get hens?

    Sorry for all the questions but I'd like to know as much as possible before I start:)

    Thanks for any help!
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    You have come to the right place for your answers. Surf through the Forum and you will find sections dedicated to the different concerns you have.
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG]from California!
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, SharonJean, and [​IMG]! So happy you joined us and are getting into chickens! It is so exciting!! You will get tons of really great advice on BYC. Best of luck to you!!
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] You must have a look at the Reviews section (link top of the page) to see what the different members said about their breeds. It'll give you a good idea of which breed will meet your criteria. There are definitely friendlier and unfriendlier breeds! I heard Orpingtons are sweet, but have a look around first, before you decide. You can buy chicks any time, but it will be easier if you get them in warmer months. In winter you'll have to raise them under a heat lamp. I personally prefer raising chicks in summer. Where you buy them is up to you, how much you want to spend, are you willing to get them shipped, what breeds you pick... Have a look here: Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries and in the Buy~Sell~Trade section (bottom of the contents page) for members selling chicks.
    Enjoy your chicken adventures and keep us posted!
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us. :goodpost:
  7. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
  8. ChickNhood

    ChickNhood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2012
    Decatur IL
    You should look into Brahmas... The are both heat and cold tolerant... Cute little feathered footed bords...very sweet very docile!
  9. Casey207908

    Casey207908 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hello from NH. I have had GREAT success with they sell a wide variety of chickens, guarantee females or males whichever you prefer and if you ever have any questions they are great at answering them. Very friendly and all love chickens, great place to get chickens and/or fertile eggs.
    Personal favorites are silkies, buff orpington, and rhode island red. We have kids and those breeds have been great with the kids. You could call them at and they will tell you what breeds are best based on temperature, friendly, free range, egg production, broody etc. Good luck, its addicting!
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I've never had chickens so I don't have advice for you but [​IMG]

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