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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jmafisher, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Hi,
    My wife and I are considering doing the Green Acres thing and buying a farm. We are going to have horses and most likely goats and we are considering raising chickens for fresh eggs. I came across this site and thought it would be a good place to talk with others who are raising chickens.
    I grew up in Southern Illinois and my wife grew up in Chicago. My grandmother had a farm with chickens and goats and next door to the house I grew up in a woman raised chickens. So, I've seen chickens, I've gathered eggs and thrown feed around their runs but that's about all our experience with the little feathered creatures.
    We have no farm now, we have no chickens and most of the farms we are looking at do not have a chicken coop or run. We obviously need a lot of information about what kind of chickens to get, where to even get chickens, what to feed them and how to keep them healthy. We are looking in McHenry County Illinois (west of Chicago and East of Rockford). That means there will be hot, humid summers and icy cold winters.
     
  2. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    Hello, welcome to BYC! There’s so many helpful, knowledgeable folks here and I’m sure you’ll find this site a very useful resource. Best of luck with your farm hunt :thumbsup
     
  3. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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  4. Angeline1978

    Angeline1978 Songster

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    Welcome! All kind of great information here if you mind people who are as nutty as their chickens!!!:eek::wee:ya
     
  5. JesusHChicken

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    Good luck ok your new adventure. We have goats and chickens. Nigerian Dwarfs are great starter goats. They're small and produce sweet milk. Chickens do a great job keeping the bug population down around goat pen.

    It's a lot of work and this site has lots of info you'll need to know. Pick up Storey's books on raising goat/fowl/chickens.
     
  6. FrankieDoodle

    FrankieDoodle Poppy-Dog

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    :frow Welcome to BYC!!! :woot
     
  7. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

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    :welcome

    Beware...chickens are considered a gateway animal! Sure, first it's just a few little chicks, then the ducks come along, maybe a goose or two, with a side trip to getting some of the goats you figured you'd start with first. The next thing you know you're up to your neck in guineas, turkeys, and donkeys. With a couple of guardian livestock dogs and a barn full of cats.

    And it will all be great fun and you'll wonder why you didn't do it all sooner.
     
  8. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    :yuckyuck:lau
     
  9. Plip

    Plip Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BYC! Great to have you here!
     
  10. 007Sean

    007Sean Wrangler

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    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy:ya to have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
     

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