New to the world of chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by irishhuntr, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. irishhuntr

    irishhuntr New Egg

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    Hello, all! After years of wanting to have chickens, my wish will soon be coming true. For Christmas, the parents and students from my kindergarten class bought me a chicken coop! I've now started doing research as to what chicken ownership entails, and am hoping to bring a few girls home come springtime. I'm in Pittsburgh, Pa and would love advice on which chickens are hearty enough to thrive in our climate, and any local sources for purchasing hens. Hooray!
     
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Irishhuntr, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here!! That is an exciting Christmas gift!! I work in a a school as well and have taken my chickens to school for the kids to see - they love it! Here are 3 threads you might check out:

    As a newcomer to the chicken world look here

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/

    For locals in your area for hens look for the PA thread here

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    For cold-hearty breeds take a gander at this
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    Best of luck to you and Happy New Year!! [​IMG]
     
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  4. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    :welcome Glad you joined us.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Wow, neat present - you have great parents and students. [​IMG]
     
  6. The Howards

    The Howards Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, Happy New Year, and welcome from NC. That was a super gift!
     
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  8. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined us. What an absolute neat gift !!! Best of luck finding your perfect hens [​IMG]
     
  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
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    Glad you joined us!!!
     
  10. clfromok

    clfromok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello irishhuntr!
    Welcome! I've had my dads (& now my own) chickens for less than a year. But I am a newbee to this site also.
    I have learned so much already- I had no idea there was so MUCH TO LEARN!
    Everyone is very helpful & its encourageing- even when a little embarrassed to ask the stupid stuff. But that's how ya learn! Well how I do anyway.lol
    I'm in ok so can't help with where to get... and learning what kind of hens I have so I can only tell you that dad's old girls were sexlinks & buff orpingtons. They are hardy as far as weather (hot or cold) & good layers! Im thinking they are 5 or 6 yrs old& only recently(the summer) finally stopped laying - I'm pretty sure for good. Working on two new generations & want to try hatching now!
    Feel free to ask anything & read threads as even old ones are informative!
     
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